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National Urban League proposes economic recovery plan for urban communities

This week the National Urban League submitted its "Economic Recovery Plan for Job Creation in Urban Communities" to both President-elect Barack Obama and Congress.

Victory at Republic Windows & Doors

After six days occupying the plant, workers at Republic Window & Doors in Chicago voted to accept a settlement late last night.

Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan report from human rights conference in Cuba

We celebrate 60 years of failure. Human rights have been converted from a noble goal into an instrument of foreign policy used by rich and powerful nations against the poorest and weakest people of the world.

Doctors call on Obama and Congress to ‘do the right thing’ on health reform

A group of over 15,000 U.S. physicians has called on President-elect Barack Obama and the new Congress to "do the right thing" and enact a single-payer national health insurance plan, "an improved Medicare for all."

Chicago workers occupy their factory

A factory occupation in Chicago that began as a show of defiance by 250 workers has been transformed into a focus of international labor solidarity. Suddenly, something usually relegated to dusty labor history books about the 1930s is a reality.

New York Times getting closer to the truth on the resource war in the...

The New York Times piece, "Rwanda Stirs Deadly Brew of Trouble in the Congo," laid the foundation for a more honest dialogue about the resource war in the Congo, which has resulted in dying and suffering of holocaust proportions.

Police, prosecutor retaliate against journalist covering police chase fatality

Community outrage and support are building over the arrest of people's journalist Diane Bukowski. Many view this as a political attack on the entire progressive movement in metro Detroit.

In Bowoto v. Chevron, Nigerians lose first round but prove corporations can be held...

The case of Bowoto v. Chevron pitted Chevron and its relationship with the notoriously violent Nigerian police and military against Nigerians who peacefully protested the destruction of their environment and livelihood by Chevron's oil production activities.

Democratic socialism moves forward in Venezuela

Democracy from the bottom is evolving as a 10-year social revolution in Venezuela. Led by President Hugo Chavez, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) gained over 1.5 million voters in the most recent elections Nov. 23.

Blame the takers, not the makers

Recently we've seen a profound political distaste for the auto companies, with a special vehemence for the United Auto Workers (UAW), who are portrayed as greedy, lazy "ne'er-do-wells," who are paid far more than they're worth.

What to do about the carmakers

With the auto industry's tradition of employment of Blacks in well-paid jobs and bellwether social responsibility practices, the decisions Congress makes in regard to Big Three automakers is important to Blacks.

Mumia on Barack

Protest to free Mumia and Troy Davis, two innocent men facing execution, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 4:30pm, at the Federal Courthouse, 7th & Mission, San Francisco. Mumia and Troy are challenging the “law of the land” that says, “Innocence is no defense.” Pennsylvania and Georgia seek their execution. We demand their freedom.

Free Haiti’s political prisoners! Free Ronald Dauphin!

Grassroots activist Ronald Dauphin, a supporter of President Aristide, was arrested by armed paramilitary troops on March 1, 2004 - the day after U.S. officials forced Aristide into exile. Mr. Dauphin has spent five years in jail without having been convicted of any crime.

Israeli gunboats kidnap Gaza fishermen, peaceworkers

While Adham and the more than 3,500 professional fishermen who scour Gaza's waters for needed sustenance and sources of income are accustomed to Israeli navy harassment, Tuesday's encounter was different, heightened.

Congo in crisis: What President Obama can do to right past wrongs in U.S....

Some of us remember the first elected prime minister of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, as he brought to the world the vision of a prosperous Congo where this beautiful land will benefit the Congolese people and not world corporations. A modern day holocaust is occurring in this picturesque land of abundance.

Dispatches from Donna in Gaza

All of us in the Free Gaza Movement, whether passengers on the boats or part of the support teams, are outraged that 1.5 million Palestinians are being collectively punished by the apartheid policies of the Israeli state.

All-out war, the deadliest war on the planet, in Congo

The war in Congo is a U.S. proxy war; the U.S. uses Kagame, the Rwandan army and terrorist Gen. Laurent Nkunda as their African proxy force in Congo, but this is war. It has been the deadliest, though barely reported, war on the planet for years.

Cynthia McKinney stopped from leaving U.S. to speak in Syria

Today I was slated to speak in Damascus, Syria, at a conference to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 60th year that the Palestinian people have been denied their Right of Return enshrined in that declaration. But I was not allowed to exit the country.

Skin folk and kin folk

By now, I am sure that you are aware of the fallout over the Nov. 4 election results that passed Proposition 8, an amendment to the state constitution to make marriage legal only between one man and one woman. No doubt many of you reading this op-ed were a part of the 69 percent of Blacks who supported the measure.

U.S. and Rwanda to blame for Congo’s human catastrophe

I know no honest, informed Congo watchers who doubt that Gen. Laurent Nkunda and his ruthless militia are tools of the U.S. and its African proxy, Rwanda, in the imperial resource war now raging in Eastern Congo.

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