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Raising spirits and funds from coast to coast

From one end of the country to the other, readers of the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo have come together to show their support for this newspaper.

Medicare reform a threat to women

The Bush administration, the right wing of the Republican Party, and the health insurance industry have achieved a remarkable feat – the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 is a major threat to the Medicare program and a marvelous source of profits for the health care industry.

Pennsylvanians demand school funding

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Protesters organized by Good Schools Pennsylvania lined the steps of the Capitol Rotunda here Dec. 9 with a strong message for the State Senate: “Pass an education budget that greatly increases funding for education reform.

National Clips

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Living wage victory / BERKELEY, Calif.: First Black law school dean / SPRING HILL, Tenn.: Saturn contract a mixed bag / ATLANTA: No room at the inn / CONCORD, N.H.: State to buy drugs from Canada / NORTH POLE: Members of Elves Local 1 on overtime

Protesters occupy Baltimore School Board

BALTIMORE – Hundreds of chanting students, parents, and school employees rallied outside the Baltimore School Board on Dec. 9 to protest the layoff of 1,000 school workers, a drastic measure to reduce a $52 million school deficit.

Attack on California workers comp

The attack on the California Workers’ Compensation system, being orchestrated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s corporate think tanks, dramatizes the importance of workers’ comp in state politics.

Public Health Association opposes new drug bill

Shortly before Congress passed the Bush administration-sponsored Medicare drug bill, the American Public Health Association said the bill “creates real problems in access to and the cost of prescription drug for seniors,” and urged its members to oppose it.

States face fiscal crisis

In 2004, states across the country will be experiencing their fourth straight year of budget woes. While the official explanation tends to blame a weak economy for anemic revenues, a closer examination reveals that federal policies are deeply responsible for the fiscal mess the states find themselves in.

Gay, womens groups build April 25 march

NEW YORK – As the gay rights movement grew in influence in the last decade, Richard Burns says, conservative gay groups have become more vocal, seeking to push the movement to the right.

National Clips

LOS ANGELES: March for right to drive / NEW YORK: ‘Save money – don’t privatize’ / MEDIA, Pa.: DNA frees man from Death Row / NATIONAL: MoveOn.org house parties

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