Local officials join crackdown on immigrants

By DANIEL ADAM HARTFORD—Josemaria Islas is facing deportation. A resident of New Haven, Conn., Islas was arrested last July 2 for attempted bicycle theft. There was absolutely no evidence for the charge. The accuser could not identify Islas, and never lost possession of his bike. Islas’ defense even produced evidence that he was at work and … Continue reading Local officials join crackdown on immigrants

Obama plan: no real immigrant ‘reforms’

By LISA LUINENBURG The Los Angeles Times recently reported that President Obama is planning a major push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in early 2013. Early reports state that the proposed bill would likely include provisions for increased border militarization, more employer sanctions (which could include increased use of programs like E-verify), and special work visas … Continue reading Obama plan: no real immigrant ‘reforms’

Blacks, Latinos hit by recession

The reasons for mass support for OWS are not hard to understand. According to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median or average income in 2010 was down 6.4% from pre-recession levels and even lower than the average worker’s buying power back in 1978. Poverty rose to 15.1% in 2010.Those who have … Continue reading Blacks, Latinos hit by recession

Farmworker Protest Hits Burger King’s Greed

by Marty GoodmanMIAMI - A November 30th demonstration of more than 1500 farmworkers and supporters marched in Miami to the national headquarters of the giant Burger King corporation to demand that it pay farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida one more penny a pound to pick tomatoes and improve working conditions. Observers have called conditions in this … Continue reading Farmworker Protest Hits Burger King’s Greed

Zapatista Supporters Ambushed

By GERRY FOLEY Murderous attacks and threats against supporters of the Zapatista National Liberation Movement in the state of Chiapas have been reported in the Mexico City daily La Jornada. In its Aug. 27 issue, Herman Bellinghausen, the paper's correspondent in Chiapas, reported that paramilitaries organized by the PRI, the former ruling party in Mexico, killed … Continue reading Zapatista Supporters Ambushed

Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Accept Clemency

By GERRY FOLEY   President Clinton's decision to grant clemency to a group of Puerto Rican nationalist prisoners who have already served more than 10 years in prison on political charges has become a major political issue in the United States. That is indicated, among other things, by the editorial in the Sept. 23 New … Continue reading Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Accept Clemency