Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenters Union

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Shamus Cooke: All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Carpenters Union’s Pacific North West Regional Council, which covers all the Carpenter’s Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.

Money, Power, and Politics

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer. As a result of the unions’ current orientation toward the Democratic Party, one must look long and hard for compelling examples, aside from the 1930s, when unions put up a valiant struggle.

Dis-membering Stonewall

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The Stonewall Riot started on the backs of working class African American and Latino queers who have been bleached from its written history.

Nuns on the Bus

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James Rhodes: Shortly after Walker’s victory, Sister Simone Campbell felt a compelling need to witness on behalf of economic justice for all. She organized a “Faith, Fairness, Family” bus tour that is underway.

Suddenly Homeless: Wasted Lives

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Charley James: It is a constant struggle to keep focused, to keep writing because it is my work, and to look for a sustainable way of getting back a bit of the life I lost.

“Our Disgrace”

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Charley James: One out of six Americans or 17% of us who think we live in the bread basket of the world don’t have enough to eat. More than 16 million of these people are children who go to bed hungry.

The Accidental Hero—Remembering Rodney King

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Jasmyne Cannick: For every Black man and woman in Los Angeles who has ever been pulled over for driving while Black since March 3, 1991, a debt of gratitude is owed to Rodney King for the beating they didn’t get.

Gimme Shelter

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Charley James: I’ll never forget the eyes of the men with whom I’d be spending the night. The blank stares on some, the hollow look in others, those that were wary and weary, those that revealed fear bordering on terror, a few reflected hatred of who knows what.

Whispers of Life

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Charley James: When I became homeless and lost regular access to people I knew, I lost my connection to the whispers of life.

Eat on the Street: Battling Daily Hunger

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Charley James: This is how America treats people on the bottom rung; I see and live it every day. As Jake Landow put it, “That ain’t the America I grew up in.”

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