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July 17, 1944
Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny. Union Communication Services

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Blame CAFTA for Children at The Border
Posted On: Aug 05, 2014
Aug. 5, 2014 | TRADE DEALS | The violence in Central America that is sending tens of thousands of children to the U.S. border is a direct result of CAFTA, a 9-year-old trade deal that is remarkably similar to the TPP and TAFTA, now being negotiated in secret. Public Citizen nails it: "Nine years ago this week, the polemical Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) was passed by the House of Representatives…in the dead of night…by a single vote. CAFTA proponents promised the deal would reduce gang and drug-related violence in Central America, boost economic development, and diminish the factors pushing Central Americans to migrate to the United States…Today, as thousands of Central American children leave their homes and risk their lives to try to make it to the United States, CAFTA's promises have proven tragically empty…" Continue reading here.
 
 
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