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An Uncertain Future for Last Remnant of Historic Garment Workers Union

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The recent departure of the high-profile president of the union Workers United after a tempestuous tenure has raised questions about whether the last of the historic garment unions can overcome the infighting in its recent past.Read More


UC Debates Free Speech Vs. Federal Protection

By Rex Weiner

Shlomo Dubnov, an associate professor at University of California, San Diego, had an unusually busy schedule the first week of May. Monday, check out the “Palestinian wall” erected on campus, then attend a pro-Palestinian spoken word performance and a lecture on “Palestine: Past, Present & Future.” Wednesday, it was a pro-Palestinian “Speak Out!” and Thursday, a lecture by Alison Weir, who, according to her website, is an expert in the “massive ethnic cleansing accomplished in Israel’s War of Independence” — all organized by the UCSD Muslim Students Association and co-sponsored by the UCSD Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.Read More


Congress Wielding Foreign Aid Budget in Effort to Influence Shape of New Middle East

By Nathan Guttman

In light of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal, key members of Congress are launching an effort to block American foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas enters the government.Read More


Mideast Envoy George Mitchell Resigns, Amid Frustration, Turf Wars

By Nathan Guttman

Ending a lengthy and unsuccessful drive for Israeli–Arab peace, George Mitchell is stepping down as the Obama administration’s special envoy for the Middle East. The White announced the former Maine senator’s resignation on Friday, pointing to “personal reasons” for his decision to end his role as negotiator.Read More


Garment Union Elects New President After Resignation of Former President Amid Charges

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The last in a line of historic garment unions has selected a new president, following the resignation of longtime union leader Bruce Raynor, amid charges of financial impropriety. Workers United, which is a 100,000-member affiliate of the massive Service Employees International Union, elected Noel Beasley as its president on May 9. Beasley is director of the union’s Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board.Read More


Jewish Groups Step Up To Help in Alabama After Tornadoes Sweep Through

By Larry Brook

Breathing a huge sigh of relief following some very close calls, Alabama’s Jewish community is mobilizing in response to a series of tornadoes that killed more than 250 people in the state and scores of others across the South.Read More


Survey of Campus BDS Finds Few Serious Cases

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

An extensive national survey by the Forward indicates that, despite a sharp increase in the past year, significant boycott divestment and sanctions activity on North American campuses is limited to a handful of instances since 2005, the year of the official launch of the BDS campaign.Read More


In N.Y. Town, Orthodox and Locals Vie for School Control

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The battle between a New York Orthodox Jewish community and its neighbors over the local public school system took a drastic turn in late April as the school board’s Orthodox president resigned amid corruption allegations, and a federal official confirmed a civil rights investigation into the district.Read More


An Aunt’s Legacy Is Erased in Maine

By Maia Efrem

As Annie Schneiderman Valliere drove south from her home in Woolwich, Maine, to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire’s centennial commemoration in New York City, friends began calling her cell phone with disturbing news: Her aunt, activist Rose Schneiderman, was about to be scrubbed from Maine’s labor history.Read More


Bruce Raynor, Longtime Garment Union Leader, Quitting Labor Posts

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Longtime garment union chief Bruce Raynor is resigning from his union leadership positions following allegations of misconduct regarding his union expense reports.Read More





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