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“If It Keeps On Raining…"

By: 
Left Turn Editors
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005

While Karl Rove and the Bush Administration scrambled to contain their most recent ‘PR problem,’ sending in armed guardsmen and scheduling a series of press conferences, out in the flooded cities, everyday people were struggling to come to their neighbor’s rescue. It should come as no surprise that the formula for bringing ‘order’ to New Orleans is the same as bringing ‘peace and stability’ to the Middle East: send in the troops and award the reconstruction contracts to the ol’ crew at Halliburton!

People are waking up.

In Texas, weeks before Katrina hit, the Bush Administration was losing another battle as Cindy Sheehan and a growing number of military families were forcing the US media to cover the story they have so far intentionally avoided: the disaster in Iraq.

Disillusion with “Disengagement"

By: 
Mazin Qumsiyeh
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005

An internet search of the words “disengagement” and “Gaza” yields over 600,000 hits. Yet there is so little published information about the genesis of this unilateral Israeli action or its intended result. Upon re-election in February 2003, Sharon stated vaguely that his new government would remove Arafat and “end terrorism.” Since Israel had killed nearly 1500 Palestinians the year before, many wondered what he would do. The same year the US government attacked Iraq and sent congress requests for $9 billion in “loan guarantees” for Israel and $1 billion in additional direct aid.

The Non-Profit & The Autonomous Grassroots

By: 
by Eric Tang
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    Once upon a time, being labeled an affiliate of the state was a nasty indictment in radical movements. Today some of the movement’s best and brightest openly and proudly claim membership in organizations whose link to the state—either through direct public funding or mere tax-reporting—are unambiguous and well-documented. I am speaking of the impressive number of radical-minded grassroots groups that, while continuing to sincerely abide by the ethos of “our movement,” have assumed the form of a Non-Profit (NP) entity.

Non-profits, also known as non-governmental organizations (NGO), are often stripped down to their barest and most essential nature as an IRS tax category: the 501(c)3.

Trade agreements, border patrols, and militias: A death sentence for displaced migrants

By: 
by Jen Lawhorne
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    A flashpoint of xenophobia, neoliberalism, and militarism—the US-Mexico border is the center of an international debate about undocumented people in the US. What the debate does nothing to address, however, is why so many people are fleeing their lands to come to the US.

Lucresia Dominguez Luna didn’t know a soul in Tucson, but nearly 70 people gathered at a local church in late July for her funeral.

From Invisibility to Action: Domestic Workers Fight Back

By: 
The Coalition for Domestic Workers Rights
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    It’s any given weekday and the multi-billion dollar Bay Area economy is churning to the song of super-profits. From Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco, to the Sharon Center of Silicon Valley, to Broadway in the city of Oakland—markets are buzzing with wheeling, dealing, and speculation, all in hopes of discovering the next “big thing.” While local and state governments continue to slash social spending due to a recession, the numbers indicate it is business as usual for the Bay Area elite. In fact, the business world dubbed 2004 as “The Year in Black,” which boasts that for the last two years, the top 200 Bay Area-based corporations have more than doubled their profits.

Taxi Cabs and Capitalism in Toronto!!

By: 
Mostafa Henaway, Stefan Christoff
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    The following is an interview with Ahmet Gulkan, a member of the Toronto Coalition of Concerned Taxi Drivers and a regular contributor to Taxi Post, Toronto's cabbie newspaper. Ahmet addresses the economic and social struggle of taxi drivers who collectively represent the second largest income for the city of Toronto.

    Taxis make up a fabric of the urban landscape while also representing an underclass of majority immigrant labour in North American cities.

Editorial Comment: Grassroots Victories

By: 
LT Editors
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    With so much attention being focused on the depressing state of organized labor in general and the schism between the top brass of the AFL-CIO in particular, it took most of the media a couple months to report in any meaningful way on the victory of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) over Taco Bell in March of this year.

While the struggle of these predominately poor, immigrant farm workers against one of the largest fast food corporations in the world is one of the most significant victories for workers in the US in some time, there have been other, smaller but important victories and struggles which have not gotten the attention they deserve.

Time to Take Action on Haiti

By: 
Dan Beeton
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    As the US becomes increasingly bogged down in the quagmire of occupying Iraq, there is another country that continues to suffer occupation in the wake of Bush administration-imposed regime change: Haiti. But the US has outsourced this occupation to a truly international operation: United Nations forces, who sometimes provide backup for homegrown Haitian gunmen whose mission is to prevent the restless masses from rising up and reclaiming their country’s democracy and self determination.

While Haiti briefly captured the world’s attention during the 2004 coup d’etat, the world’s first Black republic has since been largely overlooked.

American Gulag Pt. 1: The US Prison Industrial Complex

By: 
Rachel Herzing
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    In April, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released the most recent statistics about who is imprisoned in United States’ prisons and jails. According to BJS, by June 30 of last year the US imprisoned more people than ever: 1,410,404 people were held in state and federal prisons, an additional nearly 700,000 people were held in local jails, resulting in an unprecedented 2.1 million people caged in the United States’ adult jails and prisons.

Putting the Brakes on Privatization in Iraq

By: 
James O'Nions
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    Hassan Juma’a Awad, the President of the General Union of Oil Employees (GUOE) in Basra, Southern Iraq, visited Britain in February as a guest of U.K.-based Iraq Occupation Focus. James O’Nions spoke to him.

No anti-war activist can be unaware of the importance of oil to Iraq’s economy — and to its occupiers. No sooner had the occupation begun than oil workers started forming unions. The General Union of Oil Employees (GUOE), formed by federating a number of oil sector unions, is politically independent and represents approximately 23,000 workers. The GUOE is built from the grassroots and is not linked to any of the political parties involved in running the occupation.