Earlier this year, I attended a tribute to my late friend Wells Keddie, at the Labor Education Center of Rutgers University. Wells died in April after a lifetime of struggle in the labor movement and as a labor educator.
As far as I can tell (I was not there), U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) was stone cold sober when he managed to call an opposition supporter of South Asian extraction a monkey. Since Allen not only wants to be re-elected to the Senate (over Democrat challenger Jim Webb), but is thought to be interested in running for president in 2008, he had better get his story straight.
George Bush’s recent bellicose speeches on terrorism are a warning to all who care about peace and justice. Those speeches are aimed at discrediting the peace movement and silencing all dissent. They show that the spirit of Joe McCarthy is alive and well and currently living in the White House
The closing scene on Sept. 11, 2006, was Bush spinning selfish big lies to tie the heinous Iraq war to terrorism, to justify the tens of thousands of dead Iraqis and Americans and exhort the country to reject its impulse to compassion, collective peace and unity. The speech was a crass, cheap insult.
Sept. 12 was a “Super Tuesday” with primary elections in nine states. Even those races that turned on seemingly local issues revealed some patterns and trends emerging among voters.
WASHINGTON — Whether the topic was violence in Baghdad or the lack of funds to rebuild New Orleans, the theme at the Congressional Black Caucus 36th Legislative Conference Sept. 6-9 was “changing course,” as the title of the meeting put it.
LOS ANGELES — Dubbed as the first comprehensive gathering of Latino leaders since the civil rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s, over 3,000 participants assembled here Sept. 6-10 at the National Latino Congreso.
BATAVIA, Ill. — Bearing American flags and pictures of Jesus and the Virgin Mary while marching to the beat of Korean drummers, some 400 immigrant workers, their families and supporters walked 50 miles from Chicago to the office of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to demand action on immigration reform and an end to raids and deportations.
PITTSBURGH — There’s already been a reported shoving match, negative TV ads, federal money flowing in, and it is only the “dog days” of August. What’s up? Pennsylvania’s hot Senate campaign.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On Aug. 23, in a major voting rights victory, an Alabama judge ruled that state and local election officials have improperly disfranchised eligible voters with felony convictions in violation of the state Constitution.