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Transport workers: Enough is enough

“Enough is enough!” is the message the Transportation Trades Department of the Machinists union wants to get across to the White House and Congress next month. A Capitol Hill rally, set for noon on May 17, will be followed by congressional lobbying.

Go where the money is: tax the rich

It is no surprise to working families that the rich are getting richer and richer while the rest of us are using our credit card to buy groceries.

Judge resigns from Trinidad case

Colombian left-wing leader Ricardo Palmera, also known as Simon Trinidad, was about to go on trial in Washington, D.C., for supporting terrorism and conspiring to take hostages, when on March 26 Judge Thomas Hogan unexpectedly removed himself from the case.

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Thirsty Smithfield workers win water, at last

The determination of a united workforce, backing from a union trying to help them organize and support from a national campaign have combined to result in a victory for workers in the livestock department at Smithfield Packing’s Tar Heel, N.C., plant.

When housing dreams become nightmares

“Buy a house and it is yours” is a powerful dream. However the deregulation of the banking industry, one of capitalism’s more mysterious and predatory creatures, started by the Reagan administration, is a large pin pricking the dream bubble.

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Immokalee workers may launch boycott of McDs

CHICAGO — Imagine waking up every morning, still dark outside, and then have to pick tomatoes for a typical 10-hour workday, seven days a week, with armed guards watching over you.

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Party of hope archives show living history

NEW YORK — This wasn’t your usual trip to the library. At New York University’s Tamiment Library, March 23, people jammed in to sit on folding chairs or stand shoulder-to-shoulder and listen to speakers tell of the Communist Party USA’s contributions to American labor and democratic rights.

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Students sit in to save schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As hundreds of students, parents and concerned citizens chanted “No takeover,” the Missouri Board of Education voted 5-1 to strip accreditation from the 32,000-student St. Louis City Public Schools March 23.

My Landlord Likes Lenin

One morning last week, a tired-looking businessman named Richard Du was pacing around the partly renovated space that would soon house Dumann Realty, his commercial real estate brokerage.

Stop raids on immigrant workers

On March 6, the Bush administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, carried out a brutal immigration raid on Michael Bianco, Inc., in New Bedford, Mass., arresting 350 workers. The raids expose the lie of Bush’s hypocritical statement that “family values do not end at the Rio Grande.”

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