July

Delegates cheer away every blast at Bush

BOSTON – Speakers at the Democratic National Convention here echoed the fighting mood among the 4,500 delegates and the thousands of grassroots activists outside the Fleet Center.

Iron range miners prepare to strike

Two thousand iron ore miners at four taconite mines in Minnesota and Upper Michigan stepped up preparations for a strike against the Cleveland-based company Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., even as negotiations continued pushing up against a July 31 contract expiration. CCI manages and has co-ownership in four taconite plants: Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite in northern Minnesota, and the Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan. Taconite is low-grade iron ore, an essential ingredient in the manufacture of steel.

Wellstone legacy: Stand up and fight

BOSTON – A plane crash nearly two years ago silenced Minnesota’s Senator Paul Wellstone, who often stood alone in the well of the U.S. Senate hammering Bush administration policies and defending affirmative action, peace, civil liberties, and the rights of working families.

Forum call for defense of civil liberties

BOSTON – As the Democratic National Convention opened, over 450 delegates, activists and political and public officials held a July 26 forum here on civil liberties and the impact of the USA Patriot Act.

Iraq Veterans Against the War founded

BOSTON – War veterans and their allies gathered in historic Faneuil Hall on the eve of the Democratic National Convention to demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and to call for the defeat of George W. Bush Nov. 2.

Stop thief! Demand grows to safeguard 2004 vote

WASHINGTON – A request for United Nations observers to prevent the theft of the 2004 elections has sparked an outpouring of support in the face of Republican attacks. click here for Spanish text

Voting, civil rights top NAACP agenda

PHILADELPHIA – The NAACP 95th Convention, held here July 10–15, had the theme “The Race Is On.” Two currents flowed throughout every convention session: voting and defending civil rights gains.

National Clips

LEXINGTON, Ky.: Miners march for health care, pensions / CHARLESTON, W.Va.: Bush, Cheney meet triple protest whammy / HOUSTON: Community leader jailed for helping police

Court voids presidents power grab

Defenders of the Bill of Rights greeted two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court June 28 sharply rebuffing George W. Bush’s claim of sweeping powers to detain U.S. citizens and foreigners indefinitely, without criminal charges, in his so-called “war on terror.”