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September 16, 2005 | Issue 557


A Socialist Worker journal
The struggle to survive an unnatural disaster
Socialist Worker's Paul D'Amato, Meredith Kolodner and Eric Ruder traveled to Gulf Coast to witness the devastation--and the grassroots relief effort.

A letter from Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky:
"An experience that no one can forget or forgive"
Two Emergency Medical Services workers who were trapped in New Orleans write about their story that electrified people around the world.

Abandoned by Washington:
Will Katrina survivors be victims again?
Will the needless tragedy of Hurricane Katrina be used to inflict still more suffering on the survivors? That's precisely what will happen if George Bush and the Republicans get their way.

Mercenaries on the streets of New Orleans
Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans.

Corporate America's misers
UPS was one of many companies to boast about their generous donations to hurricane relief, but Big Brown's contribution comes to 20 minutes of revenue for the shipping giant.

Activists call for relief, not war
Quick to respond to the devastation
While the Bush administration's response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was slow and inadequate, activists across the country were quick to respond.

The facts you need to know
News about the hurricane disaster
Using the disaster to push down wages | Contempt for the poor | Halliburton's sweetheart deals | Reprimanded for saving hurricane victims | Questioning authority | Military's recruiters prey on the evacuees


George Galloway returns for a speaking tour
Exposing the big lie
British antiwar leader George Galloway, who will be speaking across the U.S. in the lead-up to the September 24 antiwar demonstration, talks about the opposition to the Iraq war.

George Galloway's statement on the Gulf Coast disaster:
"The lives that Bush holds cheap"
Washington's latest offensive in Iraq
Iron fist in Tal Afar
Virtually an entire city with a population of more than 200,000 was forced to flee as an attack by U.S. forces and Iraqi government troops began in early September.


Challenging the bigots at the border
Activists across the Southwest are planning to make the trip to the remote desert border town of Calexico, Calif., on September 17.

Set to kill Frances Newton
Horror of the Texas killing machine
Frances Newton was railroaded onto death row on the flimsiest of evidence--by a system that couldn't be bothered to look for the truth.

Rising poverty in Bush's America
Hurricane Katrina revealed the deadly impact of class inequality in the richest country on earth. But the Gulf Coast region is hardly the only place where poverty afflicts large numbers.

Schwarzenegger vetoes landmark gay marriage law
Equal rights denied
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to veto landmark legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage.

Clinics turn away patients
Ohio restriction halts abortions
Women's right to abortion came to a halt in Ohio after a seven-year-old law went into effect requiring women seeking an abortion meet face-to-face with a doctor 24 hours beforehand.


Puerto Rico teachers' union fends off takeover bid
AFT maneuver defeated
The largest union in Puerto Rico has won a key battle in court against the attempted takeover by its former parent union in the U.S.

Labor in brief
Boeing; Northwest Airlines; Chartwells


St. Patrick's Four on trial for opposing Iraq war
Peter De Mott, Clare Grady, Teresa Grady and Daniel Burns are being prosecuted by the federal government for the "crime" of resisting the invasion of Iraq.

News and reports
Bring the troops home now


What the Camp Casey peace bus found in Louisiana
Abandoned by the Feds
A peace activist describes the voyage of the Veterans for Peace bus from Cindy Sheehan's antiwar vigil in Crawford, Texas to hurricane-devastated Louisiana.

Death of Orleans Parish?
Orleans Parish has been attacked, and hundreds if not thousands have been killed, by the actions and inactions of government.

Views in brief
Unfit to be the ruling class; Poor pitted against the poor; A proposal for public housing


Stories of persecution after September 11
Every immigrant is now a suspect
Tram Nguyen's book exposes the brutality and racism of the domestic "war on terror" on some of the most vulnerable people in U.S. society.

Corruption still king in Chicago
Chicago may be the third largest city in the U.S., but without a doubt, it is America's first city when it comes to political corruption.

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