Friday, November 13, 1998

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  • Indonesian Troops Clash with Students

    In the worst violence since protesting toppled dictator Suharto last May, at least five people have been killed today in Jakarta. Indonesian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, and shot water cannons and tear gas into the crowds. Student activists who marched on parliament demanding greater democratic change in Indonesia said that more than 50 people were injured, and two were in critical condition. Armored personnel carriers rumbled along Jakarta’s main boulevard.

  • Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams Meets L.A. Chicano Leaders

    Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams stopped over in Los Angeles this week to meet with Latino leaders and attend a reception hosted by California State Senator Tom Hayden, himself an Irish American. Irish and Latino communities have much common ground to build on — including their shared history of resistance politics, their Roman Catholic spirituality, and their mutual solidarity for each other’s social justice causes. Recognizing the often-overlooked importance of Latino communities, Adams met with Latino legislators in Los Angeles to explore common goals and open up possibilities for future Irish-Latino cultural exchanges.

  • Labor Takes On Korean Shopkeepers

    Charging that thousands of Asian and Latino immigrant workers are routinely exploited in more than 200 Korean-owned Los Angeles restaurants, the Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA) has been at the forefront of a battle to organize these workers and improve what they say are deplorable working conditions. Low wages, abusive treatment and dangerous working conditions are just some of the charges leveled against the restaurant owners, represented by the Korean Restaurant Association. A recent Labor Department probe of Koreatown restaurants in LA uncovered rampant violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. The federal investigation was initiated after workers complained that their employers were making them sign agreements saying that they were independent contractors, and therefore exempt from state and federal labor laws.

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