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November 18, 2009

  • Glee's shallow stereotypes

    While the TV show Glee appears to be about diversity, it sinks to the worst tokenism by keeping its "different" characters on the margins.

  • What we share with animals

    Like any other struggle, the key is not to focus on how the oppressed are different from their oppressors, but how are they similar.

November 17, 2009

  • Public hospitals under the knife

    Budget cuts and layoffs in Chicago's Cook County will reduce access to an already overburdened public health care system.

  • Mr. Chidambaram's war

    The flat-topped hills and mountains of Orissa in southeastern India are being sold off to multinational mining companies for the bauxite they contain.

  • U of I strike starts with a bang

    The cold November rain didn't discourage grad employees on the first day of their strike at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Philadelphia transit strikers push back

    After a six-day strike, Philadelphia transit workers are set to vote on a contract offer that includes most of what the union was fighting for.

  • Frank hears it from LGBT activists

    Massachusetts LGBT rights activists haven't forgotten Barney Frank's snide hostility toward the National Equality March last October.

  • Protest delays cuts in Peralta colleges

    A surge in student and faculty activism won a victory in the Peralta Community College District in northern California.

November 16, 2009

  • Wall Street swine and the vaccine scandal

    The banksters arrogantly jumped to the front of the line for H1N1 vaccine--but the even bigger scandal is the profit-mad behavior of drug companies.

  • Grad employees strike at UIUC

    A member of the graduate student employees' strike committee at the University of Illinois explains what the union is fighting for with its walkout.

  • When soldiers are expendable

    The case of Private Timothy Rich shows the disastrous consequences of the military's apathetic attitude toward its own.

  • A celebration of war

    Those in Britain who talk the most about honoring the war dead are keenest when it comes to keeping a flow of dead coming in from new wars.

  • Portland teachers confront board

    Around 1,200 teachers and their supporters confronted the Portland, Ore., school board to demand movement on a new contract.

November 13, 2009

  • The charter school charade

    At a fancy gala thrown by the Harlem Success Academy, I heard charter school supporters use the legacy of civil rights struggles to sell privatization.

  • From election fiasco to escalating war

    An Afghanistan-based journalist looks at the fallout from the country's fraud-ridden presidential election and the likelihood of an intensified war.

  • The great Chicago fire sale

    After years of privatizing city services, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has stepped up his attempts to sell off key public assets.

  • Where the violence came from

    A member of Iraq Veterans Against the War reflects on the everyday violence that fuels tragedies like the one at Fort Hood.

  • Who killed Margarito Montes?

    The horrific massacre of a Mexican union leader and his family is being blamed on drug gangs, but that leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

  • S.F. hotel workers hit the picket line

    A three-day strike at the Palace Hotel followed a similar walkout at the Grand Hyatt as hotel workers fight to defend their health care.

  • Keeping pressure on Wal-Mart

    Activists met strong community support as they gathered at a Wal-Mart Super Center to build solidarity for a union drive.

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