Wednesday, December 4, 1996

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  • Justice Thurgood Marshall and His FBI Involvement

    The late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall maintained a secret relationship with the FBI during the 1950s, when he was an attorney for the NAACP. This week, USA Today reported that newly released FBI files show that Marshall cooperated with J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI primarily in the bureau’s anti-communist campaigns.

  • Free trade, Fair Trade and Sweatshops in the Christmas Season

    The holiday season is upon us, Hanukkah begins tomorrow and there are only 21 shopping days before Christmas. In this season of spending and gift giving, economic and social justice groups are asking consumers to pay closer attention to where and how their gifts are made. Many products on the market these days are produced overseas, sometimes under the worst sweatshop conditions.

  • Free Trade and Balancing the Federal Budget

    Over the past several years, the right wing in this country has created an image of the federal government as a vampire sucking the lifeblood from our nation’s economy. We’ve heard again and again that if we want a health economy, we all have to tighten our belts, save more, and eliminate the federal budget deficit by drastically downsizing the government. As the 105th Congress gets ready to convene, again under GOP control, the issue of a balanced budget is sure to take center stage. But Sociologist Fred Block argues that the twin pillars of free trade and balancing the federal budget, will not solve this country’s economic woes.