September

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Make Oakland a model green city

OAKLAND, Calif. — A vision of Oakland as a model city, where renewable “clean” energy, “green” construction and manufacturing create new, good jobs for urban workers captivated a capacity crowd Sept. 21 as the Oakland Apollo Alliance hosted a panel discussion and “Solutions Salon.

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All out until Election Day!

The Nov. 7 elections are less than 6 weeks away. At stake: Control of the House and Senate and governorships nationwide. A recent poll shows that 75% of voters are disgusted by the Republican majority House and Senate, the highest disapproval rate since 1994. They are frustrated at Bush’s endless Iraq war, by Republican cronyism and corruption, tax giveaways to the rich, cutbacks in vital services, and criminal negligence in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Editor tours N.Y., revs up pledge month

NEW YORK — After returning from a fund-raising and circulation building trip to New York — which brought in up to $10,000 plus a number of new subscriptions — People’s Weekly World editor Terrie Albano was exuberant, saying that even she was struck by just how appreciated and “indispensable” the paper actually is.

Calif. spinach growers were warned

Just 10 months before fresh spinach was implicated in a nationwide wave of E. coli infections, state and federal officials warned growers and packers in the Salinas Valley area to improve product safety, the San Francisco Chronicle said this week.

S. Korean leader gets cold reception from Bush

The Sept. 14 meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush and South Korean leader Roh Moo-hyun highlighted a growing divergence between the two allies over attitudes and strategies towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) and its nuclear program. However, some progress was made on an issue important to the south Korean people — ending U.S. control over their military.

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Dixie Chicks: Rock n roll antiwar moms

I’m not a big fan of country music. The Dixie Chicks, however, got my attention in March 2003 when lead vocalist Natalie Maines made her now infamous comment to a London audience — on a night when bombs “shocked and awed” Baghdad — that she was “ashamed” that President Bush was from her home state of Texas

CARTOON

After 9/11 ceremonies, unsung heroes still need our help

Although the 9/11 commemorations are over, more than 40,000 rescue and recovery workers, mostly union members, who risked their lives in what was one of the largest rescue efforts in world history, hope their country doesn’t forget them.

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Pride at Work convention ramps up call for change

SAN DIEGO — Nearly 200 members and allies of Pride at Work, AFL-CIO, met for its national convention this past weekend. In a pre-convention interview, PAW Executive Director Jeremy Bishop described the purpose of the meeting, titled “No Turning Back in 2006,” as both educational and a moment to relax before the election season struggles.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Call center solidarity What next? AFL-CIO online en español Operating engineers do heavy lifting on health care

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