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Pope Rejects Church of 'Small-Minded Rules' in Jesuit Interview

John L. Allen Jr.
National Catholic Reporter
"The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules," Francis says. "Ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all." In general, he seems to suggest he wants the church to come off as less judgmental and more pastoral, though without becoming morally "lax."

Happy Birthday: TDU Turns 37

tdu.org
Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) has since become the longest-lived, most successful rank and file movement in U.S. labor history. Many labor historians have noted TDU’s role in winning rights, cutting mob influence in the Teamsters, and giving rank and file Teamsters a voice.

Democrats Have Reached a Watershed?

Harold Meyerson; Sarah Jaffe
Democrats have reached a watershed. After two decades in which the party has moved leftward on social issues but has largely accepted the financial sector's economic preferences - the abject failures of the market economy are pushing the party leftward. The revolt against Summers was less about his positions on today's economic issues but his opposition to regulating derivatives.

Syria: Accidental Diplomacy in the Devils' Playground

Iara Lee
Huffington Post
Washington politicians' chagrin at the prospect of a peaceful resolution makes one thing very clear: they do not care about chemical weapons, they do not care about dead children, and they do not care about Syrians, period. If they did, they might have themselves put forth the fairly unimaginative proposal that Syria give up its stockpile of chemical weapons. They might have not helped to nurture the Islamist insurgency.

Yesterday's Internment Camp - Today's Labor Camp

David Bacon
Truthout
In the picking of the strawberry crops - many workers are needed and in the name of immigration reform the growers are seeing their dream - a huge cheap source of labor. Congress is debating bills that would expand the number of recruited workers many times over, possibly even reaching the 500,000 worker peak of the bracero program in the mid-1950s.

Monsanto Spends Millions to Defeat Washington GMO Labeling Initiative

By Mike Ludwig
Truthout | Report
The campaign for Washington ballot Initiative 552 is already looking a lot like last year's Proposition 37 campaign in California, where biotech and agribusiness interests outspent organic food producers and grassroots labeling supporters by nearly 5 to 1 in a high-profile battle over labeling genetically engineered groceries in the Golden State.

Wisconsin Survey Suggests Many Teachers Dissatisfied with Profession

By Erin Richards
Miwaukee Journal Sentinel
The survey, Voices from the Classroom, was taken by a sample of about 2,000 teachers across the state in May and June. The survey revealed concerns from teachers about the public not understanding how education has changed. More than one in three teachers said they don't have enough money to do what's necessary in the classroom.

Take Action to Protect Key WFP Partner, Ricardo Esquivia

Witness for Peace
Ricardo Esquivia, a renowned Colombian human rights lawyer, peace advocate, religious leader and a great friend to Witness for Peace, will be arrested by the military on false charges of being a guerrilla if we don't stop it.

Home Care Workers Win Wage and Overtime Protection

By Mike Hall
AFL-CIO
Since they were exempted from the FLSA nearly four decades ago, home care workers seldom have been paid overtime and their net income is often less than the minimum wage, considering time spent in travel between the homes where they work in a single day and its cost. Unlike workers covered by federal labor laws, they have not been paid for all the hours they are on the clock.

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