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Twenty-five thousand Chicago public school teachers, supported by other school workers, went on strike on October 17. Their demands were broad in scope, reflecting the demographics of the city.

The population of Chicago is almost equally divided between Blacks, Latinx, and whites. However, its public school student population is 47% Latinx, 37% Black, and 10% white. About 76% are economically disadvantaged and concentrated in the city’s south and west sides. The north side is more white and affluent.

The House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into United States President Donald Trump was launched by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 24 and marked a departure from her previous stance of resisting calls by the so-called “left wing” of the party to begin the impeachment process.

The exposure, by an anonymous “whistleblower”, of Trump’s attempt to force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter for alleged corruption, caused Pelosi to make this step.

I had no idea that September 20 would be so huge. Greta Thunberg said to a reporter as she marched in New York: “I would never have predicted this.”

It was just over a year ago that Thunberg, now 16 years old, began skipping school every Friday to protest in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) 722 on the 5th day of their strike and picket outside the General Motors (GM) Parts Distribution Center in Hudson, Wisconsin on September 20.

49,000 UAW members are taking their first national strike in decades, hoping to win a pattern-setting contract, which will set the standard for negotiations with other car makers.

While unionised Teamster truck drivers have refused to cross the picket line, strikers at parts distribution centres face off with non-union transport companies.

Trump’s EPA should be renamed the Environmental Destruction Agency for its drive to repeal these regulations and other environmental protections, writes Barry Sheppard.

Supporters' groups across the United States have taken issue with a new rule which bans the anti-fascist Iron Front symbol on banners and flags at games because it is deemed “political”.

The infrastructure and cruel policies to “deter” immigrants that Trump is using and expanding through edicts, were put in place by both Democrats and Republican in Congress and under both Democratic and Republican presidents, writes Barry Sheppard.

While it was Afro-American blues music that grew into rock and roll, soul music sprang from the Black tradition of gospel churches. Aretha Franklin was undoubtedly the greatest soul singer of the 60s and this film shows that she never left the church behind.

Nuclear experts and disarmament advocates are warning that the world is witnessing a new arms race after the United States tested a new missile on August 18.

The test would have violated a Cold War-era treaty President Donald Trump’s administration ditched on August 2, writes Jessica Corbett.

The English word “loot” is derived from the Hindi word lut, which means to steal, especially by plunder in time of war.

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