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Quecreek miners demand answers

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – With thousands of lives at stake and a state honeycombed with abandoned coal mines, Quecreek miners, who electrified the nation when they survived 78 hours trapped in a flooded mine, scored a small victory when they convinced an investigation panel to hold additional hearings in the evening, closer to the site.

Romney no friend of working people

BOSTON – The Republican Party is pulling out all the stops in an effort to elect Mitt Romney as Massachusetts governor. Within a two-week period, both President George W. Bush and his father have made campaign appearances.

Janitors continue fight

BOSTON – Janitors in the Boston area entered their third week of striking the office building cleaning contractors with continued picket lines, marches, demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience to call attention to their plight and some victories.

ILWU survival at stake in Nov. 5 vote

LOS ANGELES – The West Coast waterfront battle is moving beyond the docks to the Nov. 5 elections as the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and giant retailers make clear their aim to destroy the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) through union-busting legislation in the new Congress next January.

A threat to humanity: Bushs new military doctrine

Three weeks ago the Bush administration announced a new strategic-military policy. Named “The National Security Strategy of the United States,” the document contains little that has not been said earlier by Bush and his foreign policy aides.

Grassroots campaign hits the streets for Wellstone

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some 150 volunteers and campaign staff streamed out of a send-off meeting at the labor center here Oct. 13, headed for a day of door-to-door canvassing to re-elect labor-backed progressive Sen. Paul Wellstone, who is at the top of the Bush administration’s election hit-list.

Congress votes for war, but peace movement grows

Anti-war leaders expressed anger that lawmakers ignored a flood of anti-war mail in voting last week for a resolution that grants George W. Bush authority to launch a unilateral, preemptive attack on Iraq.

Poverty up, income down, except for top 5 percent

It’s no surprise that poverty is up and income down during this recession. The really bad news is that poverty rates are higher than in the 1970s, the top 5 percent of households gained at the expense of everyone else, and government policy is making things worse.

Opposing military force against Iraq

The following is the statement given from the floor of the House on October 9 by Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.). Many fine statements were given from the House and Senate floors as to why the resolutions that give the president unprecedented powers needed to be opposed. The resolutions passed, but 133 House members and 23 Senate members voted against them.

Bush gets hot about global warming

George W is a global kind of guy – he’s a big promoter of corporate globalization, and, of course, he’s launched his unlimited global war on terrorism.

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