Restaurant workers demand justice

By June 19, 2014
Restaurant workers demand justice

A protest was organized in front of Liberato Restaurant in the Bronx, N.Y., on June 10. Workers employed at the restaurant explained a number of grievances, including not being paid a minimum wage, not getting overtime pay, working in an unsafe environment, sexual harassment by male managers and their tips being misappropriated. Community and political [...]

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Major events stir Latin America & Caribbean

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Three major events have been taking place almost simultaneously in the Latin American region that have long lasting and international repercussions. These are the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the “G77+China” in Bolivia and the presidential elections in Colombia. But the Caribbean region had its own important events too, particularly in Haiti and Puerto [...]

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Juneteenth parade in Houston

By June 18, 2014
Photo: Shana Richardson

From the very serious to the celebratory, Juneteenth activities are taking place all over Texas. There are barbecues, rodeos, oratory contests, parades, public concerts and forums. Juneteenth celebrates news of freedom from slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. In Houston, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement [...]

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Ruby Dee – brilliant actor, inspiring activist

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Ruby Dee

The great actor and political activist Ruby Dee died at the age of 91 on June 11. She had been married to Ossie Davis, another amazing actor and social activist, for almost 60 years, until his death in February 2005. Dee and Davis achieved a powerful collaboration on stage, screen and in the struggle. Broadway [...]

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Set them free!

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Migrant children jailed at border In response to the groundswell of news of thousands of migrant children ensnared by Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated on June 6, “How we treat those in need, particularly young people who must appear in immigration proceedings — many of whom are fleeing violence, persecution, abuse or [...]

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The great train robbery: Swedish railroad strike against Veolia escalates

By June 17, 2014
SEKO leads the strike against Veolia.

Stockholm, Sweden — A train strike in southern Sweden has evolved into a major battle about worsening working conditions in the labor market here. In its drive to increase profits, the French union-busting company Veolia is meeting contract resistance from a unified union movement. Resistance is all the more intense because of the spread of [...]

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For-profit tech corporations gain from Common Core testing

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In 2002, President George W. Bush ushered in the No Child Left Behind Act that introduced standardized testing throughout elementary schools in the U.S. These teach-to-the-test policies failed miserably, forcing teachers to waste valuable classroom time preparing students for tests, leaving little time to develop students’ basic reading, math and analytical skills. NCLB also resulted [...]

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Struggle cancels anti-woman conference in Detroit

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Protesters target Doubletree, June 7.WW photo: Kris Hamel

On June 11, just five days after it was targeted by hundreds of protesters and thousands of petitions, Doubletree Hotel in Detroit confirmed it had canceled reservations for a conference organized by a group called “A Voice for Men,” which was scheduled to hold its first national conference there June 26-28. The group then announced [...]

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Amplio Apoyo para los Cinco Cubanos en DC

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Por tercer año consecutivo convocado por el Comité Internacional para la liberación de los Cinco Cubanos, se ha celebrado en la capital estadounidense una semana de actividades sobre Cuba centradas en el caso de los Cinco Antiterroristas Cubanos injustamente presos por el imperio y las relaciones EUA-Cuba. Esta exitosa Jornada ha sido la más concurrida [...]

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Escandalosa asistencia médica no sólo en Administración de Veteranos

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El 21 de mayo el diario New York Times publicó que 40 veteranos de guerra murieron esperando atención médica en centros médicos de la Administración de Veteranos (AV). En Phoenix, más de 1.300 veteranos se quedaron esperando citas prometidas. El 10 de junio el Times informó sobre una auditoría nacional de la AV en la [...]

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