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Commentary :: Labor & Class : Race & Ethnicity

Virginia needs a raise

By Phil Wilayto

Wilayto is editor of The Richmond Defender and an activist with the Virginia Alliance for Worker Justice. Virginia Forum

Nineteen-sixty-four was a momentous year in U.S. history. In response to the strength of the rising Civil Rights Movement, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. That same year, it also passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving Present Lyndon Johnson a blank check to pursue the war in Vietnam. And, in a less historic footnote, I applied for my first job, painting cottages on Cape Cod. When I met with the boss, he asked how much I expected to get paid...

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Labor & Class

N.Y. Transit Workers Reject Deal That Ended 3-Day Strike

In an extraordinarily close vote, the New York City transit workers' union today rejected the contract settlement its leaders reached last month with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, scuttling the deal that ended a three-day citywide strike and raising anew the prospect of continued labor unrest.

Of 22,461 votes cast by the deadline at noon today, 11,227 workers voted to ratify the contract and 11,234 voted to reject it, a margin of just 7 votes - or 0.0003 percent. The rejection was a stunning defeat for Roger Toussaint, the president of Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union, which represents 33,700 subway and bus workers at the authority.

Mr. Toussaint had urged his membership to accept the agreement.

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Commentary :: Right Wing

Bin Laden to the Rescue

In a desperate attempt to retrieve the tatters that is the Bush government, Bin Laden has again come to the rescue – perfect timing! Who remembers the last major announcement from the person who has done more to assist Bush than any other man on the planet? It was during the last presidential election when Bush was in desperate need of an alarmist boost.

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Commentary :: Theory and Information

A Strategy Primer

Social cohesion has never been more fragile than in the present. Developing an effective survival strategy in an age of bankrupt ideologies (political and other) is a challenging but not impossible task. All known political ideologies have failed or are failing (including capitalism). The lack of viable alternatives betrays a beaten and retractive population not a shortage of options.

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News :: Elections & Legislation : Labor & Class : Women

Chile Elects Its First Female President (a Socialist)

The global south continues to move leftward...

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Labor & Class : Protest Activity

Sign the Support Charlotte City Workers Petition

I demand that the City Of Charlotte recognize the right of the sanitation workers to form a union and that the following complaints be addressed & remedied immediately: work speed ups, disrespect on the job, low pay, scheduling problems, and, two of the most repressive violations of their rights, unsanitary working conditions and the firing of Cedric Williams for union activity. Cedric Williams should be reinstated immediately with all back pay and benefits owed to him during his period of improper termination.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation : Prisons

Where's the crime if ex-cons vote?

The hope: Before he exits, Gov. Mark R. Warner signs an order allowing more than 240,000 disenfranchised felons to vote in Virginia. It opens the door for men and women who have paid their debt to the state to fully re-enter society and become productive. The recidivism rate and maybe incarceration costs decline.

The speculation: The decision would trigger a Republican backlash, creating a headache for Gov.-elect Tim Kaine and fellow Democrats in the General Assembly. It could also harm Warner's expected run for the White House.

The reality: It's a shame the speculation carries more weight than the hope.

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Commentary :: Peace & War

Social Disorder

The subversion of law and ‘order’ has been effectively and completely realised, not by revolutionary, rebel, insurgent groups and associated ideologies, but by the custodians of social order themselves. The process was essentially (d)evolutionary not revolutionary. An elementary student would have little difficulty understanding the character of the ‘New World Disorder’ and the forces that created this new social nightmare. The USA stands, in plain sight, as the most criminal, murderous, terrorist state in the world today.

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