South Key to CAFTA Vote; DLC Out of Touch?

July 27, 2005 - As Congress gears up for a vote tonight on the Central American Free Trade Agreement -- with Texas Rep. Tom DeLay promising a win -- the heart of the fight is in the U.S. South. As the Raleigh News & Observer reported on Monday, the region just isn't going for it:

The AFL-CIO Debate and the South

July 25, 2005 - Here at Facing South, we haven't commented much on the massive upheavals in the AFL-CIO, which are now playing out in the labor federation's convention in Chicago, starting today.

NC Workers: Not Buying CAFTA

July 15, 2005 - As I write, the president is jetting towards North Carolina again, this time to fluff up sagging support for CAFTA. What is it with Bush and adjacent Southern states? First it was the sojourn to a remote (read: no protesters) location in the Smoky Mountains on Earth Day to celebrate the undermining of air pollution laws.

15 Workers a Day

April 29, 2005 - Today is Worker's Memorial Day, our time to remember the 15 workers who die every day on the job, largely because of dangerous working conditions. The following post from Confined Space is long but worth the read. And as Mother Jones said, "pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living."

Behind the Wal-Mart Campaign in Maryland

April 16, 2005 - Katrina vanden Heuvel at The Nation has a post up today about the recent victory in the Maryland General Assembly, which passed legislation requiring companies with 10,000 or more employees to spend at least 8% of their payroll on health benefits for workers.