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Thursday, January 23, 1997

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  • Ecuador Reverses Its Position in Texaco Case, Supports Indians

    For the first time, and over strenuous objections from the Clinton administration, a foreign government is suing a US oil company in an American court over environmental destruction in its homeland. The government of Ecuador recently reversed its position on the landmark case, Aguinda v. Texaco, and filed papers on the side of Ecuadorian Indians in the US District Court in White Plains, NY. The Indians say they suffer from severe medical problems as a result of Texaco’s oil drilling in the lush rain forest region of Oriente. Texaco, which has just settled a hundred million dollar race discrimination lawsuit, denies the charges.

  • Detroit Newspaper Strikers Launch National Civil Disobedience Campaign

    Earlier this week, ten Detroit newspaper strikers were arrested in New York City outside the offices of the Rockefeller Foundation. After a strike lasting 18 months, the 2000 striking workers at the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press are now launching a nationwide civil disobedience campaigns against the board members of Gannett and Knight-Ridder, the owners of the papers. The newspaper chains are demanding the elimination of hundreds of jobs and the end of union representation at the newspapers.

  • International Dock Worker Strike

    Dock workers all over the world went out on strike this past Monday, Martin Luther King Day. On the west coast, workers in the five biggest ports — Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach — held a one day work stoppage. They were joined by thousands of dockers all over the world, who downed tools, occupied offices or simply worked slowly.