Report calls for fairer treatment of Latino youth in justice system

A new report released by the National Council of La Raza and the Campaign for Youth Justice yesterday finds that the U.S. justice system incarcerates more Latino youth than White youth and treats them more harshly for similar offenses.

Closed! Pools, libraries placed on budget chopping block

PHILADELPHIA -- Protesters rallied outside of the City Council here where the city’s $3.8 billion budget passed unanimously on May 21.

U.S. appreciates JCP letter on elimination of nuclear weapons

Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on May 19 made public a letter he received from the U.S. government in response to his April 28 letter calling on U.S. President Obama to take the initiative for starting international negotiations to conclude a treaty abolishing nuclear weapons.


Hundreds rally at Bank of America to stop home foreclosures

CHICAGO – Elia Santana lives here on the southwest side with her husband, four children and mother. In January 2008 Santana’s father passed away putting an emotional and financial strain on her family.

American Idol stars ordered to have swine flu checks in Manila

MUNTINLUPA, the Philippines, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Alarmed over the rapid spread of Influenza A/H1N1, Philippine health officials on Thursday said they have demanded two arriving 'American Idol' stars to daily report their temperature readings before their Manila concert this weekend.

New ILO study emphasizes possible impact of global economic crisis on forced labour

Brussels, 12 May 2009: The ITUC has welcomed a new ILO Global Report on forced labour worldwide, which will be submitted to the ILO’s annual International Labour Conference in Geneva in June.


Planned Parenthood tells Judy Blume: We are there!

Planned Parenthood is mounting a campaign to support young people’s author Judy Blume. Blume has faced a barrage of hate mail and phone calls from anti-reproductive rights extremists after she wrote a letter about Mother’s Day for Planned Parenthood.

Protesters at Minnesota ICE office call for immigration reform

BLOOMINGTON - Members of community, labor and faith organizations gathered at the Minnesota headquarters of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Wednesday to call for a moratorium on raids and the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. About 30 people were arrested in acts of civil disobedience. With video The early morning demonstration was held at the ICE office in Bloomington. Demonstrators called on the Obama administration to immediately stop raids at workplaces, homes and other locations that have resulted in the arrest and deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

Maine gov. signs marriage equality bill

This statement was released by Gov. John Baldacci's office on May 6, 2009. AUGUSTA -- Governor John E. Baldacci today signed into law LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.

Nepal PM resigns in row over army chief

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who heads the Unified Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist (UCPN-M), made the announcement on live television on Monday, one day after his firing of the army chief was rejected by President Ram Baran Yadav - who officially leads the army - and which caused some of his key political allies to withdraw from the ruling coalition.

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