UIC faculty and studets go on strike feb 18 2014, a set on Flickr.
Proof that the retail behemoth is failing to pay its workers a living wage is the launching of food drives by Walmart in many of its stores this week. Huge plastic bins are appearing in the stores with signs that read something like the one placed above a container in a Walmart store in northern New Jersey: “Please place food items in this container so our associates in need can have a good Thanksgiving!”
Democracy and justice are very much at stake Nov. 24 when Hondurans choose a new president for a four-year term. Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, presidential candidate of the new LIBRE party, has led in opinion polls for nine months. LIBRE is a self-described social democratic party that is agitating for a new constitution and is kin to progressive political movements active throughout Latin America. Some polling results a week ahead of the voting, however, were giving the edge to Castro’s main rival, National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernández.
McDonald’s can’t stop, won’t stop dolling out bizarre “advice” for their employees, including a set of “tips” ranging from stress management techniques to how to get a quick buck. Low Pay Is Not Okay once again highlights the fast food giant’s latest head scratcher, which appears on the employee website McResources Line.
One might see it as a good development that the federally-owned Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is planning to shut down eight coal-burning generating stationsacross Alabama and Kentucky. While, indeed, this will be a blow to the profiteering coal industry (reducing coal production by 3,300 megawatts in those states), it could be little more than a false triumph in terms of health and the environment. That’s because the TVA is planning on replacing those stations with nuclear plants and natural gas facilities.
"This is outrageous and unacceptable - and also demonstrates why we need stronger federal protections for women’s health. Your rights and your ability to make your own medical decisions should not depend on your ZIP code."
On November 18th the Mi’kmaq Nation went to a courthouse in Frederiction, New Brunswick, hoping to win an injunction against Southwestern Energies (SWN) to stop the shale gas “exploration” on Mi’kmaq land.
"When they started talking about the ending of the subsidies, I said I felt like I have one (foot) already in the grave," said Dorothy Harding, 70, a retired Chicago Public Library employee of more than 33 years. “Now the mayor is cutting us out, [and it’s] starting to feel like I got two feet in the grave.”
The battle raging in Texas for equal access to abortion services took a major regressive turn Thursday evening when the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans sided with Republican-engineered anti-abortion restrictions.
The recent qualitative drop in Hollywood films has prompted viewers to turn to more poignant, thought-provoking independent films. It’s also left a “creativity vaccuum,” which is now being filled on the small screen. Indeed, this decade is being called “the second Golden Age of Television” by some critics, and that’s due to a recent influx of well-crafted, engaging, and suspenseful programs. Here are six recent or upcoming series that offer something with a little more substance than the big screen’s CGI-filled blockbusters.
ince there are so few films coming to us out of Cuba, it’s always a momentous occasion to see them - whether good or bad.
Immigrants, their brothers and sisters in labor and other progressive forces converged here on Oct. 29 for a protest demanding a path to citizenship for America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and an end to the deportations that have torn apart tens of thousands of immigrant families. The action culminated in the arrest of 15 activists for nonviolently blocking an intersection.
On the evening of Oct. 25, lower Broadway here became a sea of green as thousands of transport workers wearing green hats filled the street in front of the headquarters of their employer, the New York City Transit division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to rally for a good contract. The workers were members of TWU Local 100, which represents New York City’s bus and subway workers.
The agreement to end the shutdown and suspend the debt ceiling is a political victory for President Obama and a defeat for the tea party. It is also a victory for the working class, which bore the brunt of the shutdown, and would have been hardest hit by hitting the debt ceiling. But as Robert Reich says, “The war isn’t over. It’s only a cease-fire.” And this is clearly a class war, with the 1 percent still on the offensive against the rest of us.
Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court can be exhilarating affairs. Or dreary ones. Or sometimes even unintentionally revealing.
Take last week, for instance, when Associate Justice Antonin Scalia started opining about how unjust our society would be if people of means could stuff, in a single election cycle, no more than $3.5 million into the pockets of their favorite political candidates. Said Scalia: “I don’t think $3.5 million is a heck of a lot of money.”