Magazine article In These Times

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Magazine article In These Times

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'The workers' inspiration'

With our backs to the wall, the labor movement continues to battle on. And, as usual, David Moberg ("Unions Work to Turn the Tide" July) points us in the right direction. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is breaking through with a message that could resonate with working-class Americans. Here in Los Angeles, the labor movement exerts considerable political and civic influence, a turnaround from a generation ago. Unions are down, but not out. The labor-community coalitions Moberg writes about are being built across the nation. Don't give up.

Lou Siegel

Los Angeles

Don't believe the X hype

I have never understood why Malcolm X has so many admirers on the left ("Malcolm's X Factor," July).

While Martin Luther King was fighting for racial and economic justice, Malcolm was condemning him from the sidelines. For Malcolm, the 1963 March on Washington was the "farce on Washington." His hypermilitant rhetoric did not integrate one lunch counter or secure the right to vote for disenfranchised African Americans.

Who cares whether Malcolm had a homosexual relationship? It is much more significant to me that he opposed equal rights for women.

Bennett Muraskin

Parsippany, N.J.

Questions for the flotilla

I was appalled when Israel attacked Gaza in 2008-09. But what does Kathy Kelly propose that Israel do to protect its citizens from cross-border attacks that occurred following Israels total withdrawal in the summer of 2005 ("Breaking Blockades for Peace," July)? If the flotilla activists were more consistent in intervening on behalf of peace, wouldn't they also confront the Hamas authorities in Gaza to recognize Israel and fully endorse a two-state solution? …

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