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Devious: In Jeb Bushs own words

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – In the dead of night, an unknown graffiti artist is placing a big sticker on Jeb Bush campaign posters across the state. The sticker has just one word: “Devious.”

International notes

Italy: General strike for workers’ rights / Colombia: Public workers need support / Kenya: Teachers gain int’l solidarity / Belgium: Int’l unionists denounce McDonald’s / Israel: 100,000 workers strike

Israelis protest show trial of Palestinian

TEL-AVIV – Marwan Barghouti, the leader of El-Fatah – the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) majority party chaired by Yasser Arafat – is being convicted and sentenced to death by a small group of hysterical people. Barghouti, arrested in April by the Israeli occupation regime, faces numerous charges, including murder. He was brought with shackled hands and feet to the district court here, Oct. 3.

National Clips

Working families tell candidates: No more business as usual / Texas’ fate is in Latino hands / PHOENIX: Farmworkers lead voter registration drive / PHILADELPHIA: Activist runs for state rep. / BALTIMORE: NAACP says no ‘first-strike’ on Iraq / BOSTON: Demands for peace continue / SANTA CRUZ, Calif.: Campus rallies against Iraq war / TUCSON: 1,500 rally against Bush’s war / WASHINGTON, D.C.: High Court supports juvenile death penalty / HOUSTON: Immigrant workers demand justice / ATLANTA: Delta announces more lay-offs

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Nov. 5: A referendum on Bush policies

Commentary These are not ordinary times. And Nov. 5 – Election Day – is no ordinary day. This election more than any in recent memory offers voters an unparalleled opportunity to strike a blow against the extreme right and for peace, progress and sanity.

ILWU to Bush: We wont let you take waterfront from us

LOS ANGELES – International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) President James Spinosa and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka both spoke at the Oct. 22 general membership meeting of ILWU Local 13 where nearly 2,000 members packed the union hall to hear reports on developments in their battle with their employers, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

ACLU presses Safe and Free campaign

WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is mobilizing its 53 chapters and 300,000 members in a campaign to keep the nation “Safe and Free” from attacks on constitutional rights by the Bush administration.

AFL-CIO questions war on Iraq

Growing grassroots opposition to President Bush’s drive to war with Iraq found expression in the leadership ranks of the labor movement earlier this month when AFL-CIO President John Sweeney told members of Congress that war should not be the first option in dealing with Iraq. (See related story page 14.)

Turnout key in dead-heat elections

We are “One Vote Away” from right-wing control of all three branches of the federal government warns People For the American Way (PFAW) in a television ad being aired in states where Senate races are too close to call.

Labor, community fight anti-bilingual drive

BOSTON – “We don’t need a California business magnate to come to Massachusetts and tell us how to educate our children,” Kathleen Kelly, president of the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers, said, expressing the sentiments of a coalition opposed to Question 2, an anti-bilingual education referendum on the November ballot.

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