April

Prescription drugs under Medicare

For seniors, Medicare reform means getting a comprehensive drug benefit under traditional Medicare that is affordable and stable in price. They like preventive benefits and favor reforms that maintain Medicare as a program in which everyone contributes and everyone gets the same guaranteed benefits.

National Clips

WASHINGTON, DC: ‘Bring the troops home, now’ / SAN FRANCISCO: Halt first strike / SARASOTA, Fla.: Peace activists sit in at Harris Office / FORT WORTH, Texas: Machinists shut down Lockheed Martin / RALEIGH (County), W.V.: Coal Miner’s daughter fights Massey Energy

LA City Council: Let immigrants drive

LOS ANGELES – State legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses won the support of the Los Angeles City Council recently and passed through the state Senate Transportation Committee April 2. The latter is the first step in an effort to revive a bill that has become a litmus test for Governor Gray Davis (D) in the Latino community.

Communist Party to hold conference on health care

In an effort to help mobilize and organize its members for action, the Communist Party is calling an emergency national conference, “The Crisis in Healthcare and the Fightback,” set for New York City on May 17 and 18.

National Clips

NATIONWIDE: Struggle for peace continues / ALBANY, N.Y.: 40,000 workers say: Patient care, not cuts / MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.: Civil liberties victories / SAN ANTONIO, Texas: Honoring Chavez / PHILADELPHIA, Pa.: War protests

Child advocates to Bush: Stop war on kids

WASHINGTON – More than 2,500 Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) delegates gathered here April 8-11 to fight Bush administration cutbacks in food stamps, Medicaid, and education and to demand that Congress enact the Dodd-Miller “Leave No Child Behind Act.”

Get insurance biz out of health care

In February Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced HR-676, the United States National Health Insurance Act (NHIA), which would establish a national single-payer health care system. Conyers said his bill will free our nation “from having to put up with the outrageous costs that keep millions of Americans from receiving medical care and needed medications.”

Cuts hit Michigan kids

Michigan’s poor are having an increasingly hard time making ends meet according to a recently completed study and numerous social service organizations throughout the state.

Tax attacks

April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns, has arrived again. Where do your income tax dollars go?

EEOC could shut down

Approximately 10,000 private-sector charges and 1,200 federal-sector hearing cases will not be resolved this fiscal year if an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) furlough isn’t averted, according to EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominquez.

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