Sen. Arlen Specter statement on leaving Republicans to join Democrats

Statement by Senator Arlen Specter on joining the Democrats.

As swine flu hits, Republican cuts in funds put nation at peril

WASHINGTON—Public health advocates urged the Obama administration and Congress to restore quickly $870 million in emergency flu pandemic funding stripped from the president’s economic stimulus package in February at the insistence of Republican Senators.


Health care reform rally: Yes we can!

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS – Repeatedly chanting “Yes, We Can,” some 600 labor, retiree and community activists loudly voiced determination to win health care reform this year at a rally April 17 sponsored by Health Care for America NOW (HCAN).

Former Republic workers welcome Vice President Biden to window factory

CHICAGO – Union members with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Local 1110 and former employees of the Republic Windows and Doors here welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to their factory April 27.

U.N. conference reaches agreement on anti-racism resolution

Delegates from more than 100 United Nations (U.N.) member nations met in Geneva, Switzerland, this week to discuss strategies for eradicating racism. The Durban Review Conference (Durban II) is a follow-up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, which was held in 2001 in Durban, South Africa.

Latinos in the South often targets of abuse

Low-income Latinos have become growing targets across the South. In a report released this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center, poor Latinos described life in the South as living in a 'war zone.'

Student loan reform: Obama to take on banks and their 'army of lobbyists'

On a major education reform offensive this week, President Obama met with working families struggling to pay college expenses for their children.


1 million kids may have lead poisoning: what you can do

Three hundred thousand children in the United States are documented as having lead poisoning. Due to poor reporting practices and failure of the health care system to test all children between 1 and 5 years of age, there may be as many as 1 million children with lead poisoning in the U.S. It is an expensive and preventable public health problem.

At home in union-made utopia: PBS looks at the housing co-op movement

Three elderly New Yorkers—Yok Ziebel, Julie Luguvoy and Pete Rosenblum—are meeting at the apartment complex in the Bronx where they grew up together. They embrace with all of the affection of lifelong friends. They joke with each other (Ziebel: “Did you lose weight?” Rosenblum: “No, I’m shrinking.” Ziebel: “We’re all shrinking.”). They reminisce.

Youth urge Congress to pass budget: Put Americas future first

National youth and campus groups participated in a nationwide call-in April 21 urging Congress to move quickly and pass a progressive budget that would support increased college access and affordability, green jobs and expanded healthcare coverage for students and working families.

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