What Happens in Bogotá Doesn’t Stay in Bogotá

Jorge Parra

-+*Diane Lefer: Local dealerships don’t determine corporate policy but they also don’t answer to GM shareholders or benefit from CEO compensation packages. It seemed they would instead be concerned with any bad publicity that could tarnish the Chevrolet brand.

Rape, American Style

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-+*Sikivu Hutchinson: Last month’s barbaric gang rape and murder of a 23-year old female student on a bus in Delhi, India was a stark reminder of this violent silence and the global expendability of poor women of color in so-called democratic societies.

Idle No More

theresa spence

-+*Winona LaDuke: This weekend, hundreds of Native people and their supporters held a flash mob round dance with hand drum singing, again as a part of the Idle No More protest movement. This quickly emerging wave of Native activism on environmental and human rights issues has spread like a wildfire across the continent.

Eastern Docks Headed for a Rumble?

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-+*Steve Mikulan: The International Longshoremen’s Association hasn’t waged a full-fledged strike since 1977, but is now threatening to do so if a new collective bargaining agreement is not in place by December 30.

Maya Presence

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-+*Rosemary Joyce: Now that the world hasn’t ended, it’s fine to return to ignoring the conditions of millions of Maya people living in Mexico and Central America.

The Racist Roots of ‘Right-To-Work’ Laws

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-+*Chris Kromm: While Michigan’s momentous decision has received widespread media attention, little has been said about the origins of “right-to-work” laws, which find their roots in extreme pro-segregationist and anti-communist elements in the 1940s South.

As New Jobs Return, Employers Slash Wages

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-+*Seymur Slavin: The startling fact is that low wage jobs now constitute 58% of all job growth. The jobs with the fastest growth were retail sales at a median wage of $10.97 per hour. At this salary, workers would be eligible for food stamps.

Corporate Tax Breaks and Jobs

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-+*Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The only way workers will succeed in defending jobs with decent pay lies in workers standing together and embracing the principle that the labor movement was built on — solidarity.