Hidden from history: Communists and civil rights

Recently I've been watching reruns of Eyes on the Prize--the old PBS documentary about the history of the civil rights movement--and a thought keeps barging in that wasn't there when I first saw it back in 1987: Why doesn't the Communist Party get some air time in this program?

No pat hands in politics

For more than a decade, the Communist Party USA has been reconfiguring the way we work and develop our analysis.


Mau Mau, Marx, & Coca Cola: 18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

The 18th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival was a U.S. showcase for independent, studio, student, foreign (especially African) political and progressive pictures.


The bottom line in the debate about charter schools

When it comes to New York City's public schools, one thing is not in dispute: there are problems, a lot of them.


MLK was a working-class hero

"I AM A MAN," the signs proclaimed in large, bold letters. They were held high, proudly and defiantly, by African-American men marching through the streets of Memphis.


Musicians’ victory is good for all workers

CLEVELAND - Musicians at this city's famous orchestra are taking heat from phony populists, but their union's firmness sets an example that is good for the entire labor movement.

Haiti: more than meets the eye

The world grieves as images of the beleaguered and dying Haitian people find their way into our homes. Despite the outrageous statements of Pat Robertson (Haitian people made a pact with devil), Rush Limbaugh (President Obama is going to use tragedy to improve his poll numbers, so don't give), David Brooks (Haitian culture is the real culprit) and miscellaneous right-wing Republicans, the world is responding.


Helping the homeless isn’t profitable

Accused of deliberately destroying unsold winter clothing, including gloves and overcoats, instead of using them to clothe the homeless and poor, two New York City retailers, H&M and Wal-Mart have beat hasty retreats in recent days.

Republican vs. Republican

There he was on Christmas Eve:  Senator John Kyl, pumped with anger, calling the just passed Senate health care reform bill "a massive, very bad assault on liberty."


Of tea partiers and tax revolters, who benefits?

WASHINGTON (PAI) -You don't have to dig particularly deep, in the United States today, to find some striking similarities between today's virulently anti-Obama "Tea Party" crowd - and the pols like Sarah Palin who egg them on - and the media darlings who birthed the "Tax Revolt" phenomenon back in the late 1970s.

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