July

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A historic reintroduction

The word is out. On Sept. 1, the Peoples World launches a brand new state-of-the art website for the recently re-emerged daily working-class Marxist press in United States.

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Message from Kalispell: Give us health care reform NOW!

Steffi Baca of Kalispell was one of hundreds of Montana constituents who rallied outside the district offices of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus July 24 to demand that he include a strong public option in the health care reform bill his committee is drafting.

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Review: Dean's prescription for real health care reform

To be sure, the American people are feeling a bit confused by the prospects of health care reform in this country. A troubling article that appeared in the July 23 edition of the New York Times illustrates the fact, offering up the mostly negative reactions of several different types of people—the poor, small business owners, well-to-do suburbanites—after President Obama’s prime time press conference on the issue.

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Port Chicago disaster remembered

PORT CHICAGO, Calif. ― In what would become a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle, 320 men died July 17, 1944 in a munitions explosion aboard a ship being loaded at the Port Chicago Navy Magazine with armaments bound for the war in the Pacific. This base was the largest weapons transfer facility on the West Coast. Some 1,431 Black enlisted personnel served there together with 71 officers, 106 Marines who guarded the base, and 231 civilian skilled workers.

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Californias budget: Something for everyone to hate

After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, legislative leaders and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on the night of July 20 that they had reached tentative agreement on how to cope with the state’s $26.3 billion budget deficit. The legislature could vote as early as July 23 on the pact, which must be approved by a two-thirds majority in both legislative houses