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Immigrants' Rights are Workers' Rights

Amy Dean
Huffington Post
Various plans to reform America's broken immigration system are working their way through Congressional debate. The primary reason people come to the United States from other nations is the potential for good work. It's not enough for immigrants to have legal status to stay here.

Democracy Imperiled in Greece

The Nation Editors
The Nation
Most Greeks want an end to austerity; they also want real reform. The worst outcome for Greece would be the further rollback of workers' rights and the social safety net without a purge of the corrupt elites and their clients in the media, in business and in the unions-a nightmare of exploitation policed by the lads from Golden Dawn. Greece,

Stand Up for Julian Assange - Nobel Prize Winner Calls for Support

Mairead Maguire
Common Dreams
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland, calls for support for Julian Assange. His only crime is that he embarrassed the U.S. and other powerful governments with WikiLeaks' release of documents in which the U.S. military appear to have deliberately killed civilians.

Union Dues Collecting is examined by Missouri, Kansas lawmakers

John Hancock & Brad Cooper
The Kansas City Star
Republicans say it’s a simple change, opting out to opting in. But by making it more difficult for public employee unions to collect dues, GOP lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri could weaken a chief political nemesis. If organized labor is dealt that blow this year, the stage could be set in subsequent years in Missouri to push for a right-to-work law — the most contentious of disputes between management and unions played out in state legislatures across the nation.

Changing The Subject: A Bottom-Up Account of Occupy Wall Street in New York City

Ruth Milkman, Stephanie Luce and Penny Lewis
Document Cloud
Where did OWS come from? Who were the protesters? What motivated them to join this new movement? And why did the occupations gain such enormous traction with the media and the wider public? We investigated those questions through in-depth interviews and a representative survey. The Occupy movement has both a pre-history and an enduring impact.

Fix Computer Crime Law in Aaron Swartz's Memory

Electronic Frontier Foundation
The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old coder and social activist, has shone a light on the sad truth about America’s misguided computer crime law and the breadth of discretion given to overzealous prosecutors

Alt-Labor

Josh Eidelson
The American Prospect
Nonunion workers’ groups are gathering strength across the country. But will they ever make the kind of impact that traditional labor once did?

Court Ruling on Labor Board Harms Workers

RoseAnn DeMoro
San Francisco Chronicle
When the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Friday to overturn President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, it handed a huge gift to Wall Street, big corporations and the politicians they control.

Civil Disobedience Needed Against Keystone XL Pipeline

From Walden to the White House - We are watching a global crisis unfold before our eyes, and to stand aside and let it happen -- even though we know how to stop it -- would be unconscionable. We can't afford to lose a single major battle. That's why the Sierra Club's Board of Directors has for the first time endorsed an act of peaceful civil disobedience (two items).

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