St. Louis protesters challenge anti-gay conference

ST. LOUIS — Over 350 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists, community allies and friends protested outside of an anti-gay conference here Feb. 25.

Social Security still on Bush-corporate hit list

A vampire is not really dead until a wooden stake is pushed through its heart (so they say). The Vampire of the Empire arose last month and presented to Congress a federal budget proposal containing a Social Security privatization plan that, unless defeated, will suck the blood out of America’s seniors and future seniors.


Fighting for the same rights over and over

We were talking about the future of the women’s movement. It was back in the early ’70s, when the women’s movement was taking off, inspired by the civil rights movement.

Wars health impact vast, panel says

WASHINGTON (PAI) — The U.S. health impact of the war in Iraq is extensive, sometimes subtle and extends beyond U.S. troops to their families and the public at large, a five-member panel warned a forum of unionists in Washington.

Illinois school agency backs immigrant students

ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. — The school board in this western suburb of Chicago achieved national notoriety last week in a case involving its denial of the right of an immigrant youth to enroll in its high school.


In Texas and California: Demonstrators demand defeat of anti-immigrant bill

Some 1,500 demonstrators marched from Houston’s Galleria shopping center to Grady Park Feb. 26 in a “March for Dignity and Respect” opposing Rep. James Sensenbrenner’s (R-Wis.) virulently anti-immigrant HR 4437, many provisions of which are included in a new bill by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).


ST. PAUL, Minn.: ‘Public services not for sale’ DETROIT: Sputtering economy hits home COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.: Women break into Hall of Fame WASHINGTON: Long hours increase truck accidents MILWAUKEE: Police arrest can collectors

Key congressional race shaping up in Illinois

LOMBARD, Ill. — The 6th Congressional District covers the western suburbs of Chicago. With its sprawling housing developments, warehouses, office complexes, light manufacturing plants and endless malls, it has become a national battleground to fill the open seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Henry Hyde. A Democratic victory could help break the Republican grip on Congress.

At the docks, Bush blamed on port security

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The recent sale of Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Navigation Company (P&O), which operates a number of East Coast U.S. ports, to Dubai’s state-owned DP World has raised a political firestorm directed at the White House. Critics charge that the company would threaten U.S. security. Two of the 9/11 hijackers came from the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a constituent part.


Specter immigration bill a blueprint for exploitation

The Republican-led U.S. Senate has started debate on establishing a new system of servitude for imported labor through a proposal to massively expand categories of “non-immigrant workers,” complete with repressive structures to transition undocumented workers into the system and keep them under tight control. En español Nuevo projecto de inmigración: Un plan para la explotación

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