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October 29, 2004 | Issue 518

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

We deserve better than Bush vs. Kerry
We're voting for Nader-Camejo
There is a clear choice in Election 2004, but it's not between Bush and Kerry. It's between these two pro-war candidates and the independent ticket of Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo.

Iraq's opposition to occupation
"All our people are resisting"
U.S. warplanes have been flying nightly missions to drop 500-pound bombs on Falluja, but the Iraqi resistance refuses to back down.

ELECTION 2004: WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Peter Camejo on the two-party system and Election 2004
"A dictatorship of money over people"
Ralph Nader's vice presidential running mate Peter Camejo talks to Socialist Worker about Election 2004 and the importance of the Nader challenge.

Breaking away from the Democrats:
"No support from the party we built"
Nativo Lopez, the president of the Mexican American Political Association, explains why he chose to change his party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Green Party.

Would the Third World be better off with Kerry?
Many antiwar activists believe that we have to line up behind John Kerry to show our solidarity with those struggling against Bush's wars. But Kerry is as dedicated as Bush to furthering U..S. interests around the world.

Their dirty tricks to disenfranchise voters
Get out our vote, keep out their vote
Reports of everything from pre-election fraud to faulty electronic voting machines to voter disenfranchisement are setting up the narrow race between Bush and John Kerry to look a lot like 2000 election fiasco.

Vote yes on Prop 66
A chance to beat back "three strikes" in California
Proposition 66 on the California ballot November 2 has the potential to strike a blow against the state's unjust "three strikes" sentencing laws.

The Green Party's Donna Warren on three strikes:
"A war against poor communities of color"

NATIONAL NEWS

Cops fired wildly
Murdered by police in Boston
Victoria Snelgrove was shot dead by a Boston cop who began shooting pellets of pepper spray at a crowd celebrating the Red Sox's American League championship victory.

Plans for a medical call-up exposed
Preparing for a new draft?
"We're not going to have a draft so long as I'm the president," claims George Bush. But recent news reports show that people are right to be worried about a new call-up.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
The candidates pick the voters
In political science textbooks, elections are supposed to represent an expression of the popular will. But the truth is that the two mainstream parties try to mold the electorate for their purposes.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
The price of labor's lesser evilism
George Bush has been as pro-business and anti-union as any president in U.S. history. But on November 2, the labor movement must ask: Are the Democrats really friends of labor?

ON THE PICKET LINE

Administration takes hard line in Chicago City College strike
Time to step up the fight
Administrators at the City Colleges of Chicago tried bluffs and intimidation against students and strike faculty, but their threats failed.

Labor in brief
Atlantic City hotels and casinos; Northeastern Illinois University; Fremont, Calif., teachers; Frente Auténtico de Trabajo

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News from the Nader campaign
Supporters of John Kerry and John Edwards must be sensitive about their candidates' pro-war stance because they manhandled two protesters who dared to point this out at a campaign event.

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

The Democrats aren't the answer in November
Whoever wins, we lose
The 2004 elections and the summer action movie Alien v. Predator have eerie parallels, as I'm sure many people have noticed.

The key to victory for City College faculty
Like many unions facing concessions, the Chicago City College Teachers Union--whose members are now on the picket line--has a once-proud history of struggle and solidarity.

Other letters
The self-defeating logic of ABB; Wrong way to label the Iraqi resistance; Why the lesser gets more evil

REVIEWS

Daily Show teaches media pundits a lesson
Political Satire 101
The host of a self-described "fake news" program is responsible for many of the few-and-far-between moments of honesty in this year's mind-numbing, soul-deadening election campaign.

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