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May 4, 2007 | Issue 630

NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL

We refuse to live in fear
It's the new face of immigration law enforcement: military-style mass arrests. But if the ICE crackdown was intended to intimidate immigrant rights activists, it's having the opposite effect.

"They wanted to intimidate us, but it backfired"
A Chicago immigrant rights activist describes the protest over the April 24 ICE raid in the Mexican community of Little Village.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Why an injury to one is an injury to all
The experience of an ICE raid in Georgia demonstrates that the blame for the downward spiral in workers' living standards lies with Corporate America, not immigrants.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

EDITORIAL
Defying the antiwar majority
The occupation of Iraq won't end if it's left to the politicians to act. The real power to end the war lies outside Washington.

The story of another Pentagon war lie
Congressional hearings into the cases of Pfc. Jessica Lynch and Cpl. Pat Tillman exposed more of the Bush administration's war lies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

Target of a witch-hunt for opposing Israel
Author and outspoken Palestinian rights supporter Norman Finkelstein talks to Socialist Worker about the attempt to stop him from getting tenure at DePaul University.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The economics of laziness
No one can deny that people cease to be bored as soon as they are engaged in an activity they enjoy and are not compelled to do. Socialism eliminates these compulsions.

NATIONAL NEWS

Anger erupts at conditions in a for-profit prison
The consequences of the for-profit prison industry became all too clear in Indiana when a riot broke out among prisoners at the medium-security New Castle Correctional Facility.

Resister released but still not free
Military resister Agustín Aguayo was released from confinement at a base in Germany, but the Army now says it plans to keep him on active duty for one to two years more.

ON THE PICKET LINE

UFT's bad deal with NYC mayor
The United Federation of Teachers and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a deal last week on Bloomberg's planned reorganization of the public schools.

Labor in brief
Hayward, Calif., teachers | Student Labor Action Project at UVM

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Students walk out at SFSU over fee hike
About 700 San Francisco State University students walked out of classes April 26 to protest a fee increase planned for the upcoming school year.

News and reports
Defend abortion rights | Military-free zone at UC-Santa Cruz | Protesting the FAIR bigots | No sweats struggle at University of Washington

VIEWS AND VOICES

What will it take to win marriage equality?
The marriage equality movement in Washington won a partial victory with a new law that creates a domestic partnership registry and provides 12 rights for same-sex partners.

A critique of the "good war"
The passing of Kurt Vonnegut was a reminder of the impact his novel Slaughterhouse-Five had on me when I first read it after I completed my service in the Marine Corps.

Views in brief
California's secret death chamber | Media forgetting Duke players' racism | The real role of women in Islam

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Immigration, poverty, mental illness and art
Mexican-American artist Martín Ramírez is emerging from obscurity as one of the great masters of drawing in the 20th century.

Lucasville Five struggle for justice put on stage
Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising is a play based on a 1993 revolt of prisoners, focusing on the men who have become known as the "Lucasville Five."

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