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December 9, 2005 | Issue 568

STOP THE EXECUTION OF STAN TOOKIE WILLIAMS

The people's clemency hearing
Why Tookie deserves to live
SW convenes a people's clemency hearing to gather testimony from community activists, former gang members and death penalty opponents in support of Stan Tookie Williams.

U.S. hits 1,000th execution "milestone" since 1976
Barbarism of the system
The December 2 executions of Kenneth Boyd in North Carolina and Shawn Humphries in South Carolina brought attention to this grotesque face of the U.S. criminal justice system.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Unhappy holidays from Corporate America
"We have every reason to be optimistic about our economic future," George Bush declared last week. Plenty of people must have wondered who he meant by "our."

As Bush stacks the Supreme Court...
How can we save our rights?
In the past, even Supreme Courts packed with Republican justices had to respond to changing attitudes and the political demands of social movements.

Right wing uses Katrina crisis to push privatization
The plan to wreck New Orleans schools
A nightmare mix of right-wing politicians, corporate consultants and education fortune-seekers are out to take advantage of the Katrina crisis and wipe out public schools in New Orleans.

WHAT WE THINK

Bush's public-relations offensive to sell the Iraq occupation
New packaging for a disaster
The Bush administration has launched a new offensive to recapture the initiative in Iraq. And the target is you.

The FBI's police-state program
According to the Washington Post, the FBI has been routinely seeking private information under the USA PATRIOT Act with little or no justification.

NATIONAL NEWS

School backs down
Victory for Hampton antiwar activists
Student activists at Hampton University in southeastern Virginia have won a crucial battle with the school's administration.

White House campaigns for new anti-immigrant policies
The immigrant basher-in-chief
Flanked by two black surveillance helicopters and a handpicked crew of stone-faced border agents, George Bush vowed to stop undocumented workers.

Activists kidnapped in Iraq
"This is a result of U.S. actions"
Support for four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams kidnapped in Iraq is gathering among those who oppose the occupation.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
How mad is King George?
The image of an out-of-touch chief executive lends credence to the stories seeping out of the White House suggesting that Bush is either losing his mind or hitting the bottle again.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Grad students' strike forges ahead despite threats
NYU plays hardball
New York University President John Sexton greeted the fourth week of a strike by teaching assistants by threatening to take away their spring stipends and eligibility to teach.

Labor in brief
Metropolitan Transit Authority; University of Vermont; National Writers Union; Capital Metro

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Taking action for Tookie across the U.S.
From coast to coast, supporters of death row prisoner Stan Tookie Williams were feverishly organizing to win clemency--with a day of action scheduled for December 8.

News and reports
Stop Maryland's racist death penalty; No to war and occupation

VIEWS AND VOICES

Main candidates all represent neoliberal policies
The stakes in Chile's vote
You know there is something wrong in a country when all the presidential candidates agree that the economic model is in crisis.

Taking away prisoners' art
Two Massachusetts state lawmakers have introduced bills that would prohibit inmate artists receive any profits from their art.

Views in brief
South Central farmers' rights; War crimes in Falluja

REVIEWS

Pigs feeding at the trough of war
Jeffrey St. Clair's new book Grand Theft Pentagon exposes the abuses committed by the Bush administration with brilliant investigative journalism carried off with unmatched sarcasm.

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