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Honduras Resiste: A Speech on the Global Day of Action
7-31-2009__tegus_congreso_160cmi.PNGGood afternoon compañeras y compañeros, passersby, workers, bosses, fellow-citizens, humans, aliens. We unite today to celebrate the resistance to the military coup in Honduras, to lament for the fallen, disappeared, & wounded in the struggle, & to shout NO to the impunity of the men who have, for the moment, overturned the will of the Honduran people. Now we witness, in this twist of irony that is a drop of the lifeblood of history, that the actions of the golpistas not only fortify the popular will they aim to repress, they have set off an awakening in Honduras that no fleet, airforce infantry or death-squad will be capable of reversing.
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12 Aug 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Boston Informational Picket in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance
picket_8-11-09.jpgOn Tuesday, August 11, nearly 60 people gathered at 4:30pm on the Park Street Station entrance to speak out in solidarity with the Honduran resistance. A diverse group of people held signs that read, “Micheletti fuera / out!”, “Bring democracy back to Honduras”, “Action to remove the coup from Honduras, now!”, “Honduras resists, democracy now!” The event was organized in response to a call for a Global Day of Action by the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup in Honduras.
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12 Aug 2009 | Filed under: News / International
Employee Free Choice supporters blast Rite Aid with new report on company's union busting at West Coast warehouse
IMG_5689.JPGSupporters urging passage of the Employee Free Choice Act took to the streets on Monday to back warehouse workers at Rite Aid's massive distribution center in Lancaster, California. They released a new Jobs with Justice report about how management there has aggressively interfered in workers' freedom to form a union.

The 12-page report: "Rite Aid, Oliver J. Bell & Associates, and the Case for the Employee Free Choice Act" documents how management employed union busters and violated labor laws. Last year, the National Labor Relations Board was prepared to charge Rite Aid with 49 unfair labor practice charges before the cases were settled out of court.
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11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: News / Labor
A Cure for an Ailing Economy: Taxing the Rich
TaxTheRich.pngHealthcare isn’t the only social ill in the U.S. that needs a serious remedy. The list is long and growing: state budget crises, unemployment, infrastructure, education, housing, food assistance, etc. These are all things that must be paid for, but the money seems to be in short supply. When a country is in as much debt as the U.S., – $12 trillion and counting — the tasks at hand seem all but unachievable.

And this is exactly what many politicians would like you to believe.
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11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
Labor News - INDUSTRIAL WORKER
IWAugustSept09-1.pngINDUSTRIAL WORKER - AUGUST SEPTEMBER issue AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ONLINE at -

http://www.iww.org/PDF/IndustrialWorker/IWAugustSept09.pdf

Headlines:

* Korean Motor Workers Under Police Seige
* French Auto Workers To Blow Up Factory?
* Starbucks Workers Union Expands To Canada
* London Workers Shut Down Underground
* Honduras Uprising Against Coup
* Review: Capitalism And The Transformation Of Africa
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11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor
Don't Blame Me, I Voted For McCain...
iraq_oil.pngThe recent announcement by the government of Iraq that they were putting the drilling rights for six major oilfields up for auction was greeted with derision in many quarters. Sarcastic forum posts entitled 'Mission Accomplished' sprang up on many progressive websites on the assumption that the oil industry had finally gotten what they came for. But a closer look at the details reveals a very different picture.
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07 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
Real Health Care Reform - Universal Single Payer
healthcare.pngOrganizations like Physicians for a National Health Program want Americans to have the same system in place in all other Western countries and elsewhere, including Venezuela, South Korea, Japan, Cuba, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. But not in America - the only industrialized country without it despite spending more than double per capita than the other 30 OECD countries and delivering less for it.

In a September 2007 report to Congress, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) compared 2004 US health care spending with other OECD countries:
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07 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Social Welfare
Garment Workers Revolt: Bangladesh on Fire
bangladesh.pngThe garment industry in Bangladesh employs more than 2 million workers, 80-90% of whom are women. Bringing the impoverished nation $11 billion annually, the garment industry is Bangladesh’s largest income earner. If you go into your closet and start reading tags, you’ll probably find more than a few items made in Bangladesh. It should surprise no one that the destitute women who make our cheap clothes labor in incredibly unsafe buildings for as many as eighty hours a week, suffer intolerable working conditions, including verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, while earning little to nothing.
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03 Aug 2009 | Filed under: News / International
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