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First in nation: Oakland OKs oil independence by 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — In an action with far-reaching implications for improving air quality, curbing global warming, growing the “green economy” and developing well-paying jobs for urban workers, Oakland’s City Council voted Oct. 17 to develop a plan to make the city oil independent by 2020. It is the first such measure by a U.S. city.

N. Calif. banquet will celebrate area activists

OAKLAND, Calif. — “United We Fight Back!” will be the theme as Northern California supporters of the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo gather here on Sunday, Dec. 3, to honor area organizations and leaders working to defeat the far-right Republican agenda and win peace, democracy, equality, immigrant rights and opportunities for young people.

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THIS WEEK IN LABOR

DuPont workers unite worldwide Goodyear workers hold the line Labor peace demo Use ’em up and spit ’em out

WORLD NOTES

Congo: Millions cast ballots in landmark vote Israel: Gov’t uses new, terrible weapons Venezuela: Chavez ahead in pre-election polls Nepal: Preparations continue for new constitution Norway: Gov’t cancels Third World debts

Far-right party joins Israeli Cabinet

The Israeli Cabinet voted overwhelmingly Oct. 30 to bring the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party into the government. Only Labor Party minister Ophir Pines-Paz opposed Yisrael Beiteinu’s inclusion. The decision gives Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s coalition a commanding parliamentary majority of 78 out of 120 seats

California challengers say Make it right in America

Campaigning around California last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides sharply criticized Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his close ties with giant corporate interests, and continued to stress working-class families’ need for greater access to health care and higher education.

NAACP forum hears dangers of media consolidation

OAKLAND, Calif. — If media ownership rules are changed to allow even more consolidation, already poor coverage of issues important to racial and ethnic minorities and working-class communities could get much worse, with severe consequences for democracy, speakers warned at an Oct. 27 town hall meeting sponsored by the California NAACP as part of its state convention.

Bilateral negotiations with North Korea are a necessity

In the aftermath of the Oct. 9 nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), many in the region and around the world now worry about the acceleration of nuclear proliferation and the threat to peaceful coexistence in Northeast Asia. The greatest threat is a nuclear showdown with the United States.

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Fund drive traveling in the Pacific Northwest

SEQUIM, Wash. — My wife Joyce and I traveled 900 miles in Washington and Oregon earlier this month, raising funds for the 2006 PWW fund drive.

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