Local immigrant right’s organizations, angry over the increase in deportations under the Obama administration, organized hundreds to protest the president’s visit to Seattle on Aug. 17. The multiracial crowd of immigrants, unionists, feminists, progressives, and leftists easily outnumbered tea party supporters by at least 4 to 1. Demands on Obama included a call to overturn… Read more »
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Labor Weather Report: A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.
August 2010: Domestic justice New York passes a first of its kind law giving mostly immigrant domestic workers basic labor rights like overtime pay, a day off a week, and protections against discrimination. Such workers were excluded from the 1935 National Labor Relations Act. September 2010: 100 million strike. Wow! In India, unions wage a… Read more »
Economic crisis fuels racist scapgoating. Arizona’s legislative broadside against immigrants triggered a nationwide tsunami of similar proposals. A network of xenophobes churned out legislation and called for constitutional change — accompanied by racist stereotypes of Latino immigrants — aimed at marginalizing over 12 million working people. But, in defiance of racist apartheid, massive opposition from… Read more »
Acababa de salir de la imprenta la ley antiinmigrante SB 1070 de Arizona, la cual exige que la policía realice un perfilamiento racial, cuando la gobernadora Jan Brewer firmó la HB 2281 en mayo de 2010. El proyecto de ley, el cual se hizo efectivo a finales del año, prohíbe cualquier curso que “promueva el… Read more »
The ink was barely dry on Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070 requiring racial profiling by police when Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2281 in May 2010. The bill, which took effect at the end of the year, bans any courses that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of… Read more »
On Sept. 24, 2010, the FBI raided the homes of anti-war and socialist activists, including that of Hatem Abudayyeh and his family. Soon after the raids the FBI subpoenaed Hatem and 22 other people in the Midwest to appear before a federal grand jury impaneled in Chicago. So far, all have invoked their Fifth Amendment… Read more »
Thanks to grass-roots organizing, in May Vermont became the first state to create a path for a universal, publicly funded health care system. A community-labor coalition, Health Care Is A Human Right Campaign, defeated attempts to exclude undocumented workers. Next up — implementing the plan.
I was born in a small town in Mexico, in the state of Jalisco, and I moved to Los Angeles in 1974. Once a month I visit Nogales, Mexico, a town in northern Mexico on the border of Arizona. My wife is living there while we wait for her visa. She has been there for… Read more »
Nací en un pequeño pueblo de México, en el estado de Jalisco, y me mudé a Los Ángeles en 1974. Una vez al mes visito Nogales, ciudad del norte de México en la frontera de Arizona. Mi esposa está viviendo ahí esperando su visa. Lleva ahí más de dos años. De los 150,000 residentes de… Read more »
I am a first-generation Chicana, a mother and teacher, born and raised in South Los Angeles. I also happen to be a socialist feminist, an atheist, and a queer, whose very existence is a challenge to capitalism. Fortunately, I was raised to think critically and search for ways to transform the world. Who were my… Read more »