In the U.S.
Anti-racist unity with Muslims wins the day 1Capitalist prots fueled San Bruno blast2On the picket line 2LA community resists racist cops 3Football players express union solidarity3Cause of Detroit home res4Chicago WWP conference 4 The capitalist crisis & how to ght it5Homelessness, poverty shoot up 5‘Low-Wage Capitalism’ author speaks in Midwest5Youth in Gainesville reject Muslim-bashing 6Activists demand release of Cuban 58Letters to the editor 10Birthday message from Leonard Peltier 11
Around the world
Protests erupt across Afghanistan7Iraqi prisoners escape US custody7Honduras strike shows strength of Resistance8Imperialist forces try to bolster weak Somalia regime9Juan Mari Bras, ¡presente!9‘Our pension funds to oppress Palestinians? No way!’9French workers’ general strike against pension cuts11Chinese Revolution improved workers’ lives11
After Sept 11 — what next?10
Noticias En Español
Trabajadores domésticos12Inmigrantes y Arpaio 12
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Data show immigrantsvital to U.S. economy
Contrary to what’s stated on Fox News or atTea Party rallies, immigrant workers play anincredibly important role in the U.S. economy. A report issued Aug. 30 in time for Labor Day,underwritten by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, reports, “Statistical analysis of state-level data shows that immigrants expandthe economy’s productive capacity by stimulatinginvestment and promoting specialization. Thisproduces efciency gains and boosts incomeper worker. At the same time, evidence isscant that immigrants diminish theemployment opportunities of U.S.-born workers.” AuthorGiovanni Peri shows that theeffect of immigration on wagesis really positive — equivalentto a $5,100 annual raise for workers on average between1990 and 2007 (measured inconstant 2005 dollars). Take that,Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin!
Mott’s workers deend jobs,union as strike ends
The Mott’s applesauce and apple juice workers held theirpicket line for 114 days. Dr Pepper Snapple bosses blinked onSept. 13. That Monday, in the midst of the local apple harvest,DPS offered Local 220 of the Department Store union, which isa division of the Food and Commercial Workers union (RWD-SU-UFCW), very different contract terms than the workershad rejected on May 23. Gone were demands for $1.50 an hourpay cut, with additional 50-cent cuts the next two years, for atotal of $2.50 an hour. Gone were the demands for a pensionfreeze and a big jump in employee costs of medical care. Gone were DPS’s dreams of being able to run the plant with low-paidscab labor, jettison the skilled workers and kill the union.Instead DPS offered a wage freeze, with a $1,000 sign-ing bonus, reduced pension contribution and a 401(k)plan for new hires, and 20 percent employee costsfor medical care. Local 220 RWDSU-UFCW voted185 to 62 to ratify the three-year contact on Sept. 13.Though it wasn’t a clear-cut victory, the workers were able to stop a highly protable company’s draco-nian attack. A very dangerous precedent wouldhave been set for all workers in this recession if
Capitalist prots ueledSan Bruno blast
On the Picket Line
By Sue Davis
By Betsey Piette
Another deadly accident in the rapidly expanding andlargely unregulated U.S. gas and oil industry has devas-tated a community. A re in San Bruno, Calif., on Sept. 9 killed at least sev-en people, injured more than 60 others, and destroyed ordamaged dozens of homes over a 15-acre area in a resi-dential neighborhood. This horric re resulted from therupture of a natural gas line.Prior to the blast, residents reported smelling gas inrecent weeks, but Pacic Gas & Electric Co., the utility company that operates the 30-inch-diameter pipeline,denied that any of its crews had worked on the line. Itshould be pointed out, however, that PG&E has had 19signicant pipeline incidents since 2002. According to experts, the 305,000 miles of onshorenatural gas lines that span the U.S. routinely suffer breakdowns and failures. In 2008 alone, at least 365people were killed and 1,553 injured from 44 signicantgas pipeline accidents across the country. During the lasttwo decades, more than 5,600 serious pipeline accidentshave been reported.The section of gas line that ruptured in this San Fran-cisco suburb was ranked as high risk because it ranthrough a highly populated area.Ironically, one of those killed in the inferno was Jac-queline Greig, a San Bruno resident and an analyst forthe California Public Utilities Commission. She workedon a commission team that advocates for consumersand environmental protection pertaining to natural gas.Grieg had been reviewing PG&E’s plans to upgrade itsnatural gas lines.Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a nonprot advocacy group set up after a 1969 ex-plosion killed three people in Bellingham, Wash., said,“The industry always says that if you take care of pipe-lines, they’ll last forever. But what we see over and overagain is companies not doing that, and corrosion andother factors are causing failures.” Weimer noted thatonce a high-pressure pipeline fails, anything can cause adeadly blast. (Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 11)This catastrophic accident and others that have occurredover the years in both the gas and oil industries point upthe inadequacy of government regulation of privately owned for-prot companies. First, there are not enoughregulations to prevent accidents like this one. Second, thegovernment does not enforce rules nor punish errant com-panies that out health and safety concerns. (Another casein point is BP’s ravaging of the Gulf of Mexico and the gov-ernment’s “do little, if anything,” approach.)Under capitalism, the mad dash for prots alwaystakes priority over protection of human lives and the en- vironment. In fact, the government’s interest here is toprotect corporate ownership and prots, no matter what,unless there is a mass struggle that forces the govern-ment to issue some protections. However, this does notget to the root of the problem. What this disaster cries out for is socialized ownershipof gas and oil resources and production. Unlike the cur-rent capitalist system, this would take the prot motiveout of the picture. A national, regional or local people’splanning board comprised of environmentalists, urbanplanners, engineers, safety experts, workers and com-munity members would gure out how to provide thepeople with the safest and most economical energy whileguarding the well-being of human beings and the envi-ronment. That’s the way it should be.