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Mother on hunger strike for immigrant families

CHICAGO — “I’m real emotional these days, especially because of what’s happening with all the raids and deportations,” said Elvira Arellano. Along with her pastor, the Rev. Walter Coleman, Arellano began a 25-day hunger strike on Good Friday, April 6.

Anti-immigrant law runs aground in courtroom

After a nine-day trial in which civil rights and civil liberties groups challenged a Hazleton, Pa., city ordinance that critics say scapegoats and demonizes immigrants, city officials appeared to fail in their courtroom defense of the law last week.

The debate youre not hearing: immigration and trade

A central fact has gone largely unstated: Corporate globalization and U.S. trade policies have more to do with how many people cross our borders illegally than U.S. immigration policy or any potential reform thereof.

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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