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May 5, 2006 | Issue 587

NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL

Solidarity in the streets
In at least 153 cities and 39 states, and across the border in Latin America, millions of people turned out to demand justice on "un día sin inmigrantes"--a day without immigrants.

Nativo López on what's next in the struggle:
"You get what you're ready to fight for"
A leading organizer of the Great American Boycott talks about the rise of huge protests against anti-immigrant legislation and the future of the struggle.

Democrats are rushing to head it off, but...
The movement senses its power
Chicago's massive May Day march for immigrant rights had begun, and Democratic politicians were literally running to try to get to the front.

Far-right violence against immigrants
The racist backlash against immigrants took a horrific turn last week when two white Texas teenagers sodomized and beat a Hispanic teen nearly to death.

Ronnie Kitchen and Stanley Howard:
"This is a fight that needs to be fought"
Two former Illinois death row prisoners and members of the Death Row 10 explain why they support the struggle for immigrant rights.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Darfur crisis sparks calls for U.S. action, but can there be...
A "humanitarian" invasion?
Many thousands of ordinary people want to express their solidarity with the people of Darfur. But we should look closely at what is being called for in their name.

As oil bosses celebrate record profits...
Hammered by high gas prices
Gas prices are taking a big bite out of workers' wallets--but the giant oil companies are celebrating record profits.

WHAT WE THINK

May Day's massive protests for immigrant rights across the U.S.
A historic show of strength
The impact of the massive demonstrations for immigrant rights held across the country on May Day will be felt for decades to come.

Don't believe the hype about Iran
The Bush administration is issuing threats again against an oil-rich country in the Middle East and seeking a UN resolution to back up its saber-rattling.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Strikes and mass protests force king to restore parliament
The revolt in Nepal
Faced with an explosion of pro-democracy strikes and mass demonstrations, Nepal's King Gyanendra gave up on attempts at repression and agreed to reinstate parliament.

Crackdown on protests in Egypt
Dozens of opponents of Egypt's authoritarian government were arrested after riot police attacked a demonstration in support of reformist judges who are challenging election fraud.

NATIONAL NEWS

Could April 29 protest have accomplished more?
Antiwar march takes to NYC streets
As many as 300,000 protesters jammed the streets of Manhattan April 29, a larger-than-expected turnout that shows the spreading opposition to the occupation of Iraq.

Letter from the survivor of last January's blast shows...
Miners' safety came last at Sago
A letter written by the only survivor of the Sago Mine tragedy in January is more evidence that, for the owners, workers' safety took a back seat to profit.

ON THE PICKET LINE

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
Will the unions retreat from their call for amnesty?
Labor and immigration
With tens of thousands of union members participating in May Day marches for immigrant rights, labor finds itself straining to keep up with pressure from its own ranks.

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Anti-Minutemen protesters win in Illinois court
Six months after their arrests during a peaceful protest against the Minutemen, four antiracist activists were sentenced to court supervision and community service work.

News and reports
Fight racism; Defend civil liberties

VIEWS AND VOICES

Why "polite" debate isn't enough to stop pro-war politicians
Interrupting Hillary Clinton's lies
When the ordinary machinery of democracy produces no results, it is your right to disrupt the operation of tyrannical government by any means necessary.

Views in brief
Dems abandon women's rights; Reading SW behind bars; Immigration hurts U.S. workers; Crushed by the FTAA; A world with no borders

REVIEWS

Understanding the Cuban Revolution
Samuel Farber's book The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered aims to provide an explanation for the source of the revolution and the ultimate path it took.

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