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In wake of mine disaster, mourning turns to outrage on safety issues

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — “I just don’t have words. No words,” said a woman leaving funeral services for David Lewis, 28, one of the 12 miners killed Jan. 2 in the Sago Mine. “But I’ll say this much. We will do what we have to, whatever it takes, to protect our miners. Whatever we have to.” click here for Spanish text

Freedom Winter campaign demands Stop Alito

As hearings open, labor, civil rights, women’s groups call for Senate rejection WASHINGTON — Judge Samuel Alito spun a “rags to riches” tale in his opening testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. But his record, brought to light during the committee’s confirmation hearings, and by a broad human rights coalition, exposed him as a judge who panders to the rich and powerful. click here for Spanish text

Growing calls in L.A. for civilian control board

LOS ANGELES — What made a recent meeting here on police brutality different from other meetings was the absence of any attempt to fix blame. From the beginning, this meeting was about changing the situation in Los Angeles County communities. The people were there to find a solution, starting with a demand for the immediate dismissal of Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton.

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Detroit labor unites for food basket giveaway

DETROIT — Over 300 Christmas food baskets were distributed to laid off workers by members of the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO Community Services committee on Dec. 17 in the parking lot of Teamsters Local 299.

The ABCs of the U.S. embargo against Cuba

The UN General Assembly regularly and nearly unanimously rejects the 40-plus-year-old U.S. economic blockade against Cuba. Yet the U.S. government intensifies its assaults. Public knowledge about U.S. policies and awareness of what’s happening inside Cuba are both limited.

Bay Area teachers step up the struggle

Teachers in Oakland and San Francisco returned from their holiday break ready to step up sharp struggles for better teaching and learning conditions, wages and health benefits.

Marxism: the science of society and social change

Over 150 years ago, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels founded the scientific study of society, or scientific socialism. After Marx died, Engels carried their studies a step further by laying the theoretical foundations of dialectical materialism in his book “Dialectics of Nature.”

A resolution for 2006: Take back Congress

The battle for the House and Senate looms large with the arrival of the new year, as opposition mounts to the Bush administration agenda. While some pundits give only a small chance for Democrats to regain control of Congress in November’s elections, the shifting mood in the country predicts otherwise.

Emergency contraception: As health care professionals, can pharmacists just say no?

When taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse, emergency contraception (EC) can prevent pregnancy. Target recently announced that it would allow pharmacists at its stores to refuse to fill prescriptions for EC, if dispensing it would violate their religious beliefs.

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