Dispatches from Decatur

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Article Social Justice
Community is the first casualty in America's labor wars

It's been one roller-coaster ride to hell, and it's still going down.-a Staley worker

The union guys are gone from the gates, their run-down folding chairs with them. The long days spent bearing witness to their grievances in a slow monotonous circle are finished. The days spent trying to keep warm around smoky oil drums in the winter or sweating through their T-shirts in the summer are ended. 


Troubled waters

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Article Social Justice
Billions of the world's poorest are being denied even the most basic natural resource.

 

Most of us in the west have grown used to thinking about scarcity and conservation when we switch on the heat in our homes or turn the key in our car ignitions. But in the developing world it's not filling up the Humvee that keeps parents up at night; it's finding enough clean water to get through the next day.


Troubled waters

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Billions of the world's poorest are being denied even the most basic natural resource.

 

Most of us in the west have grown used to thinking about scarcity and conservation when we switch on the heat in our homes or turn the key in our car ignitions. But in the developing world it's not filling up the Humvee that keeps parents up at night; it's finding enough clean water to get through the next day.


Be our guest?

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Article Immigration
The U.S. should be a good host and protect the migrant workers who knock on our door.

 

In the colonial period the destitute and desperate escaping the poverty of European backwaters made their way to America as indentured servants, signing away the only commodity they had to offer: themselves. Frequently used up to the end of human endurance by their "employers," these earliest members of America's working class experienced a dehumanization that was only exceeded by the treatment of Africans brought over as slaves.


How quickly we forget

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Article Immigration
We owe it to today's immigrants to be honest about the difficulties and prejudices against the huddled masses who came before them.

On my father's side, my great-great grandparents came to this country from Germany sometime in the middle of the 19th century. What their Catholic immigrant lives were like, I could not say. Their stories lie too far back in the generations, lost in the mist of history.


Spit that out!

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Article Social Justice
Tainted foods from the agricultural-industrial complex are giving new meaning to your favorite casserole "surprise."

Never again, yet again

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Article Politics Social Justice War and Peace
  
Unless action replaces delay, our denunciations of genocide are nothing but talk.


Code blue

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Article Politics Social Justice
The patient is ailing, the prognosis is poor. It's the nation's major medical emergency.

Code blue

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Article Politics Social Justice
The patient is ailing, the prognosis is poor. It's the nation's major medical emergency.

Appalachian activist honored with peace award

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Article Environment Social Justice War and Peace
You know Father John Rausch is committed to social justice when even his answering machine message ends with, "God bless, and let's continue to work for justice."

Rausch, a Glenmary priest, outspoken defender of the environment, and advocate for the poor in Appalachia, is being honored for his social justice work with the 2007 Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Christi, the national Catholic peace organization.


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