Quinceaera accents humanity in L.A. barrio

In a scene halfway into “Quinceañera,” a film directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Carlos (Jesse Garcia), an 18-or-so-year-old Mexican American troubled youth, dope smoker and car washer, is kicked out of his parents’ house in Los Angeles. He takes sanctuary at his tio’s (uncle’s) home.


New York band plays freedom songs

NEW YORK — It’s not too often that a band like Seanchai and the Unity Squad comes along. The group combines a diverse mix of punk, rock, reggae, hip-hop and Irish influences with overtly political, in-your-face lyrics on topics ranging from the fight for freedom from British colonialism in Ireland to the commercialization of hip-hop.

A reality-based strategy for immigrant rights

The immigrant rights movement is stronger than ever. But there is still a strong chance that an anti-immigrant bill, perhaps the “compromise” touted by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), could be rammed through in September. To fight this, we need unity, and a hard-headed, reality-based strategy.

Workers Correspondence

Texas trucker looks at terrorist scare Virginia delegate reports from AFL-CIO convention Minnesota labor has its eyes squarely on the elections



San Francisco, Chicago hotel workers vote to authorize strikes Right to strike for Northwest workers? Dallas transit workers drive home their point Concrete solidarity wins in Seattle


South Korea: Autoworkers win gains Canada: Opposition to troops in Afghanistan mounts Haiti: Some political prisoners released, others languish India: Coca-Cola provokes protests Guatemala: Women at risk


Mexico court rejects charges of election fraud

In the wake of an Aug. 28 ruling by Mexico’s Federal Electoral Tribunal that there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the July 2 election, leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador vowed to continue his campaign of mass, peaceful civil resistance to force the authorities to conduct a full recount.

Bolivias constituent assembly runs into trouble

As candidate for the Bolivian presidency in 2005, Evo Morales promised to nationalize hydrocarbon resources and to establish a constituent assembly. Nationalization of natural gas was announced on May 1. On Aug. 6, delegates to a Constituent Assembly gathered in the old capital city of Sucre to formulate Bolivia’s sixth constitution.

Girls under 18 left behind

Bittersweet. It’s a good word to describe the anticipated U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of the controversial contraceptive pill, Plan B.


Postal workers fight for We Deliver promise

PHILADELPHIA — Chant-ing “Save Our Service,” members of the American Postal Workers Union rallied Aug. 17 during their national convention here to protest Postal Service plans to consolidate operations, eliminate union jobs, hire temporary workers and reduce service.

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