Anne Kilkenny, a resident of Wasilla, Alaska, who says she has known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin since childhood, wrote in a widely circulated email that Palin is known in the state as “Sarah Barracuda” because of her “unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness.”
It was the creation of the labor movement that brought about decent living standards, “the weekend” and the “middle class” in the United States and countries around the world.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Any way you shake out the electoral math, Michigan may be the key to a winning scenario for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. While Kerry won the state by four points in 2004, no one in the Obama campaign is taking the state for granted.
The Census Bureau reported earlier this month another rise in the federal poverty rate in 2007, and economists believe that with growing unemployment, those figures will only get worse. So this week a faith-based coalition of activists and religious organizations announced the launch of a National Week of Action to highlight the issue of poverty and to pressure the federal and local governments to implement policies that ease the economic burdens of working families.
Before the selection of Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin, as the Republican vice presidential nominee, the 2008 campaign had been notable for the apparently declining influence of evangelical Christians on American politics.
As the Republican National Convention convened on Sept. 1 in downtown St. Paul, Minn., more than 10,000 people, including unionists, took to the streets to protest the Iraq War and demand new priorities for the nation.
Edgar Ayala, who graduated with honors from Forks High School last June was arrested at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 101 Aug. 20 just a mile or so from the place that has been his home since he was an infant. That made no difference to the enforcers of George W. Bush’s draconian crackdown on undocumented immigrants across the U.S. Ayala, 18, was hustled off to a detention center in Seattle and deported post-haste to Mexico. Similarly, 16 year old Carlos Bernabe was arrested at that same checkpoint and taken to a Seattle jail where he is awaiting deportation to Mexico.
Sami Al-Arian who has spent five and a half years in prison even though a Tampa jury refused to convict him of trumped up “terrorism” charges was released on bail Sept. 2, a partial victory cheered by his supporters across the nation. “We are celebrating,” said Melva Underbakke, a leader of Friends of Human Rights in Tampa. “It has been a long struggle. Here in Tampa, we are overjoyed. Sami is out of solitary confinement. He is out on bail and has been reunited with his family.”
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (pro-oil groups prefer its foreign-sounding acronym, ANWR) is ground zero in the War on the Environment. If the oil companies win the fight to drill there, no place will be off-limits for them again.
CHICAGO – On the first day of the new school year public schools opened its doors to more than 400,000 students here on Sept. 2. But not every student showed up. Some 1,400 African American students chose another way to kick off the first day of class by boycotting school to protest unequal funding in state education. Chicago is the third-largest school system in the country.