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LABOR WEATHER REPORT — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.

April 2015

February 2015 — Where’s the aloha? Kaiser Permanente health workers in Hawaii strike for six days after management offers puny pay raises, tries to end guaranteed pensions for new hires, and refuses to address safe staffing levels. A rally during the walkout garners enormous labor and community support. February 2015 — Dastardly diplomats. A report… Read more »

Huelga de hambre, la delegación de Estados Unidos a México refuerza la campaña por la libertad

August 2015

El 5 de mayo, la presa política Nestora Salgado dijo: “¡Basta!” Ciudadana estadounidense naturalizada, había soportado casi dos años de tormento en una prisión de México. ¿Su delito? Dirigir a la comunidad indígena de su ciudad natal, Olinalá, Guerrero, en defensa propia contra las brutales bandas de drogas y los políticos corruptos. Se le negó… Read more »

Encuentro con Comandante Nestora Salgado

August 2015

A Nestora Salgado se le encarceló bajo falsas acusaciones y se le ha maltratado severamente desde agosto de 2013. Se puso en huelga de hambre, lo cual consiguió que les hicieran concesiones a ella y a los demás prisioneros políticos. Cuauhtémoc Ruiz, miembro del Comité Nestora Libre de México y del Partido Obrero Socialista nos… Read more »

A visit with Comandante Nestora Salgado after her hunger strike

August 2015

Nestora Salgado has been jailed on false charges and severely mistreated since August 2013. She led a hunger strike that forced concessions for her and fellow political prisoners. Cuauthémoc Ruíz, a member of the Comité Nestora Libre, Mexico, and the Partido Obrero Socialista, gives this account of his recent visit. On Sunday, June 21, I… Read more »

Hunger strike, US delegation to Mexico bolster freedom campaign

August 2015

On May 5, political prisoner Nestora Salgado said “Enough!” A naturalized U.S. citizen, she had endured almost two years of prison torment in Mexico. Her crime? Leading the indigenous community of her home town, Olinalá, Guerrero, in self-defense against vicious drug gangs and corrupt politicians. She was denied medical care and mired in solitary confinement… Read more »

No welcome here: an immigrant’s saga

October 2015

If you have not been an undocumented immigrant from Central America making your dangerous way through Mexico only to face vigilante hate groups and la migra at the U.S. border, you don’t know what hell is. Fleeing poverty or persecution at home, you are exploited and persecuted again by Mexican police trying to rob your… Read more »

Nestora Salgado fasts for freedom, inspires defiance across Mexico

October 2015

“Nestora Salgado’s name has become a symbol of resistance for many women struggling … against patriarchal violence and for indigenous communities,” said R. Aída Hernández Castillo in the Mexican daily La Jornada in August. But the state sees her only as a threat. Aug. 21 marked the two-year anniversary of her imprisonment on false charges,… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — October 2015

October 2015

September 2015 — Making the public pay. Confronted with $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico’s government is calling for “shared sacrifice.” Thousands of public-sector unions protest because the public is being expected to shoulder the entire burden. Plans include school closures and contracting for-profit companies to run public roads and ports. Resistance and rage is… Read more »