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Ari Paul: For Sandy’s Responders, Saying Thanks Isn’t Enough

As I was huddled in my north Brooklyn apartment on the night Hurricane Sandy made devastating landfall, I kept my police scanner tuned to the Fire Department’s dispatch channel, which broadcasted harrowing tales from the five boroughs: live electrical wires whipping around in the wind, back-up power failing at hospitals and flooding in basements and Read more…

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Ari Paul: Organizing Domestic Workers

  There are many adjectives to describe New York City’s 200,000 nannies, housekeepers, and elderly care workers, but one that comes up a lot among them is “invisible.” Often paid under the table, they exist outside the formal economy. They work in homes, not interacting with other workers. Due to this isolation and to federal Read more…

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Ari Paul: NYC Subway Workers Fight for Survival

Steve St. Hill is lucky to be alive. A track worker with New York City Transit for 15 years, St. Hill was working on the N/W line in Queens last September when a train failed to stop, going through his work site. A flagger blew his air-horn in time for St. Hill to jump to Read more…

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Ari Paul: School’s Out?

The fight to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas or SOA) at Ft. Benning in Georgia has been an uphill battle. But the dramatic leftward political shift in Latin America might be giving the activist group SOA Watch something to be optimistic about.  The School Read more…

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Ari Paul: Counting Iraq’s Dead

T he Lancet , the premier British medical journal, has published two reports by a team of epidemiologists about the Iraqi death toll, one in 2004 and a second in October 2006. The team’s leader, Les Roberts, stands by his team’s claim that an estimated 600,000 Iraqis have been killed as a result of the Read more…

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Ari Paul: The Colombian Triangle

A lawsuit filed in June in a U.S. District court against Coca-Cola on behalf of a murdered Colombian labor organizer has intensified a long-running human rights campaign against the beverage giant. The International Labor Rights Fund and the United Steelworkers of America filed a similar lawsuit several years ago. This time, they are holding the Read more…

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Ari Paul: NYU on Strike

T he graduate students at New York University (NYU) made history in 2001 by successfully negotiating a contract between a teachers’ assistants (TA) union  and a private U.S. university. However, going into Thanksgiving break in 2005, the university still refused to negotiate with the union for a second contract. As a result some classes were Read more…

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