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Voting, civil rights top NAACP agenda

PHILADELPHIA – The NAACP 95th Convention, held here July 10–15, had the theme “The Race Is On.” Two currents flowed throughout every convention session: voting and defending civil rights gains.

National Clips

LEXINGTON, Ky.: Miners march for health care, pensions / CHARLESTON, W.Va.: Bush, Cheney meet triple protest whammy / HOUSTON: Community leader jailed for helping police

Court voids presidents power grab

Defenders of the Bill of Rights greeted two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court June 28 sharply rebuffing George W. Bush’s claim of sweeping powers to detain U.S. citizens and foreigners indefinitely, without criminal charges, in his so-called “war on terror.”

Texas parties map out divergent views

DALLAS – The Texas ballot was legally set when the state’s Democrats completed their convention in Houston June 19. The Democrats in Houston and the Republicans in San Antonio two weeks earlier created greatly contrasting platforms.

We wont let Bush steal it again!

Florida voters sound alarm on voter purges Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s drive to purge 47,000 more voters from Florida’s voter rolls has touched off angry charges that he is scheming a replay of the 2000 election, when thousands of Florida voters were scrubbed from the rolls to put his brother in the White House. click here for Spanish text

Same-sex marriage: Its time has come

The struggle for marriage equality saw its first major victory last month as Massachusetts began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Bridging the gap on health care

Eight out of 10 of the 44 million people in the U.S. who lack health insurance come from working families. It’s a national problem that needs a national solution.

Job report masks signs of trouble

While the Associated Press reports on “a job market steadily gaining steam ahead of November’s presidential election,” President Bush still has plenty to worry about from working-class voters concerned with the economy.

National Clips

BRUNSWICK, Ga.: Protesters ‘unwelcome’ G-8 Summit / WASHINGTON: Gov’t workers fight for right to vote / BUFFALO, N.Y.: Patriot Act sweeps up artists / AIKEN, S.C.: Cruel Bush trick imperils drinking water

Activists death prompts call for U.S. probe

CHICAGO – Friends and relatives of community activist May Molina Ortiz are demanding that the U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois, Patrick Fitzgerald, carry out a special investigation of her death in police custody May 25.

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