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V&V Supremo stabs workers in the back

CHICAGO – The infamous giant inflatable rat, a symbol of scabbing and corporate injustice, made an appearance here Dec. 4. The action came a week after V&V Supremo reneged on a deal with production workers who have been on strike for seven months.

600 in Kentucky sign peace ad

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More than 600 residents of the city and surrounding area have placed a paid advertisement in the Louisville Courier-Journal calling on elected officials and policy-makers to “end the violence and war” and “not spread the war into other countries.”

Youth groups call for national peace march

WASHINGTON – The National Youth and Student Peace Coalition met here last weekend to begin plans for a national anti-war mobilization April 14 in the nation’s capital.

Still fighting Fast Track

The 215-214 vote in the House of Representatives on Dec. 6 that gave President Bush “Fast Track” authority to negotiate trade agreements in secret is not the end of the world. As a matter of fact, it’s not even the end of the battle to defeat what is now called “trade promotion authority.”

Media hides truth about the war

It’s pretty hard to be among the 10 percent or so against Bush’s war in Afghanistan. Even though that’s 11 million of us in the U.S., the corporate media’s pro-war, pro-Bush stance can make you feel kind of lonely.

Connecticut over the top in fund drive

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – It was standing room only Dec. 9 at the New Haven People’s Center as an array of activists from across Connecticut came out to honor four leaders and celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the Communist Party USA.

World AIDS Day: I care. Do you?

Each year a theme is chosen for World AIDS Day Dec. 1. This year’s theme was “I care. Do you?” It has been a prophetic theme, because this year those who “care” won some important victories over those who don’t.

Athens hosts EU meeting on workers’ rights

ATHENS, Greece – Members of the European Parliament (EP), labor lawyers, trade union and peace leaders gathered here Dec. 8 and warned of a continent-wide assault on democratic rights unleashed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in the United States. People’s Weekly World Editor Tim Wheeler also attended as a guest.

Rights group takeover fails

WASHINGTON – George W. Bush’s railroading of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission (CRC) was blocked Dec. 7 when Commission Chair Mary Frances Berry stood her ground and refused to recognize Bush’s nominee.

Unemployment makes historic jump

With the official count of the unemployed still increasing, economists who are predicting an early end to the present recession should remember the old adage about not counting chickens before they hatch, as they gaze into their crystal ball.

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