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February 21, 2003 | Issue 441

SPECIAL FEATURES

The same chant heard in cities across the globe...
"The whole world is marching"
Some 10 million people took to the streets February 15 and 16 in more than 600 cities worldwide to oppose the Bush administration's war on Iraq. Socialist Worker reports from New York City and across the globe.

White House fear-mongers
Their "orange alert" fraud
It was like a scene out of the 1950s Cold War. Only instead of duck-and-cover drills against a feared nuclear attack, the Bush administration put the country on an "orange alert" against a supposedly "likely" terrorist attack.

Ashcroft demands more power
Big Brother gets bigger
Big Brother will get even bigger if Attorney General John Ashcroft gets his way. He has planned a new list of repressive measures to allow more government intrusion in our daily lives--and give the Feds even more power to crack down on dissent.

The part of King's legacy that politicians won't celebrate
The real MLK
Washington politicians have become comfortable "celebrating" Martin Luther King's life--while taking actions that are the opposite of what he stood for. SW looks at King's real legacy.

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WHAT WE THINK

The Bush gang wants its war--and protesters be damned
Washington vs. the world
With 10 million people marching around the world against the U.S. war on Iraq, Washington finally got the message last weekend about just how isolated it has become.

A slander on our movement
As antiwar activists across the country were building for last weekend's demonstrations, liberal critics of the movement grabbed headlines with a red-baiting attack on San Francisco protest organizers.

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NATIONAL NEWS

GOP's welfare plan
Taking aim at the most vulnerable
The Republican steamroller is running at full throttle--and it's aimed at America's poor. Last week, House Republicans passed new legislation that will heap further restrictions on welfare recipients.

Maryland court imposes new moratorium
Weeks after Maryland's new governor declared that he was restarting executions, a state court has halted them again.

Feds force plea from Muslim charity head
No justice in this witch-hunt
The Feds couldn't contain their smugness last week as Enaam Arnaout, leader of the charity Benevolence International Foundation, pled guilty to a single count of racketeering.

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COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Ridge's "duct and cover" madness
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has quietly announced plans to cancel the "code orange" terrorist alert declared on February 7. Ridge's admission that intelligence sources were "not as accurate as we thought" was self-evident, since the threatened attack never materialized.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Their hollow talk about democracy
We are told that government expresses the "will of the people." But phrases like "the people" disguise the fact that the U.S. is divided by class.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
2002: The year of the almost-strikes
From wage cuts ordered by a bankruptcy judge at United Airlines to the wipeout of retiree benefits at bankrupt steel companies, Corporate America is pushing the cost of economic crisis onto workers' backs--and the unions are going along.

Inside the system
Cover-up at the UN; "Choosing" to be an idiot; Heard it through the grapevine

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ON THE PICKET LINE

NYC union takes on mayor's push for concessions
Day care workers fight back
Some 7,000 day care workers in New York City held a one-day strike February 12 to demand raises in line with those received by municipal workers.

Labor in brief
Kentucky teachers; ANSCO Real Estate Investments; City Market

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REPORTS FROM THE STRUGGLE

Student activists head to Chicago for conference
"The only way to build is from the bottom up"
Socialist Worker asked student activists around the country about the formation of the Campus Antiwar Network, a national student group, as the group prepared for a delegate meeting in Chicago.

Say no to Bush's war on Iraq
About 1,000 people turned out for a February 15 Colombia University Antiwar Coalition forum in New York City, hours after half a million people took to the streets to protest Bush's war.

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SW READERS SPEAK OUT

New study exposes "apartheid schools" in U.S.
Kids who get left behind
Much of the debate around Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education bill has left out the reality of public schools. That's what made the recent report on segregation from Harvard's Civil Rights Project so refreshing--and so desperately needed.

Standing up to the war at home and abroad
I'm writing to share a local victory against Bush's war drive. On January 22 in Lynn, Mass., the North Shore Labor Council passed an excellent resolution against the war.

Racially profiled in San Diego
In what had been termed "Operation Game Day," the Immigration and Naturalization Service arrested dozens of foreign-born security guards and transportation workers in San Diego who might have had access to special events and secure areas related to this year's Super Bowl.

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REVIEW

The 50th anniversary of Salt of the Earth
A film born of struggle
A motion picture "born from the concept of struggle, made in struggle, and to be released only through struggle." That's how blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Albert Maltz described the movie Salt of the Earth, which turns 50 years old later this year.

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