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Anti-bilingual law challenged in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – In a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for Arizona the William E. Morris Institute for Justice (Justice Institute) has challenged the constitutionality of voter-approved Proposition 203, which places severe limitations on the provision of bilingual education.

Latino coalition urges drug law reform

NEW YORK – Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer joined New York State Assemblymen Peter Rivera and Jeffrion Aubry, and Latino Health and Justice Coalition leaders Dec. 6 to call on Gov. George Pataki to support the New York State Assembly’s plan for Rockefeller Drug Law Reform this year during the planned upcoming special legislative session.

UT students speak out

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – More than 100 students, faculty and community activists gathered on the steps of the College of Law at the University of Tennessee (UT) here Nov. 30 to protest the pending dismantlement of affirmative action in higher education.

Buffalo layoffs protested

BUFFALO, N.Y. – “We’ll remember in November” was the message for Gov. George Pataki, chanted loud and clear at a rally of over 1,500 students, parents and teachers at city hall here Dec. 3.

Unemployment whats going on?

On Dec. 6, The Associated Press (AP) reported that the number of laid-off workers had dropped and “the number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits plunged by 349,000 in November,” indications that “the current recession may be bottoming out.”

Airport screeners protest firings

SAN FRANCISCO – Baggage screeners at San Francisco and Oakland airports carried out an informational picketline protest at the terminals and handed out flyers asking for public support to keep their jobs.

TWU mobilizes

NEW YORK – Local 100 Transport Workers Union (TWU) called a membership meeting Dec. 8, the first since its historic election victory one year ago.

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.

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