The following is an excerpt from a report to the Communist Party's national committee, elected at its convention in July. The national committee met Oct. 20-21 in New York.
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Berkeley City Council voted Oct. 21 to call on the U.S. government to 'bring the bombing of Afghanistan to a conclusion as quickly as possible.' The vote was five in favor, with four abstentions.
OAKLAND, Calif. - In a rousing demonstration of affection and support for Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), 3,500 people gathered at Oakland's City Hall Oct. 21. The rally was in support of Lee's lone vote against granting unlimited power to President Bush to plunge the nation into war.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Black Active Minds (BAM), a student organization at Buffalo State College, held a panel discussion here Oct. 10 entitled 'A Rumor of War: The Consequences of War for Blacks and America.'
In the weeks since the events of Sept. 11, the ranks of the unemployed have grown by nearly a half-million. Tens of thousands of airline workers have been joined by more thousands of laid-off workers in every sector of the economy from restaurants to factories and from 'temp' agencies to construction sites, in unemployment lines that grow longer each day.
New York City is facing an increase in unemployed workers stemming from the World Trade Center crisis. About 120,000 newly unemployed workers will, as a result, face losing health insurance since worker access to health insurance in our country is almost entirely dependent upon employers, either through labor negotiations or directly from the employer. These thousands will be added to the millions in the United States who are already living without health insurance.
WASHINGTON - Each day that Congress meets, the nation's four largest cigarette manufacturers spend more than $100,000 pushing their agenda on Capitol Hill
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Massachusetts Senior Action Council held its convention here Oct. 12 with 300 senior activists coming from around the state.
DALLAS - The North Texas chapter of Jobs with Justice (JwJ) will join in the worldwide protests against the World Trade Organization Nov. 9. The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has called for worldwide protests that day because the WTO is scheduled to begin another round of talks in Qatar.
CHICAGO - On Aug. 9, 65 members of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 1114 went out on strike against the Coach and Car Company of Elk Grove Village, a Chicago suburb.