TUCSON -- I’ve been listening to various tributes about Studs Terkel, and, because he’s someone I met a few times and thought very highly of, I wanted to take a minute to make my own. I’m especially thinking about this as Tucson gets ready to observe its yearly All Souls Procession.
The 30,000 wild horses on Death Row are nearly out of appeals. They were condemned by the Government Accounting Office just in time for Veteran's Day - a profoundly cynical act when you consider that countless wild horses perished after being taken from the range and serving in the Civil War, our frontier wars, and World War I. The announcement concluded a dark cycle that began on July 4th as flag-draped horses paraded down Main Street, rekindling our birthday dreams and echoing our heartbeats with the clip-clop of their hooves. At that moment, the Bureau of Land Management stated that it may have to kill the 'excess' mustangs in government housing as a cost-cutting move.
The Bush administration is in a midnight frenzy, churning out a stream of regulations designed to cement its right-wing legacy of damage to the environment and attacks on workers and consumers. If successful, a virtual dream list of ultra-conservative wishes could go into effect, saddling both the incoming Obama administration and the American people for a long time to come.
BOSTON — Gay rights supporters waving rainbow colors marched, chanted and danced in cities coast to coast Saturday to protest the vote that banned gay marriage in California and to urge supporters not to quit the fight for the right to wed.
The We Are America Alliance (WAAA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan national coalition of 14 groups said in a post-election press conference that there was a record turnout of Asian, Latino and immigrant voters on Nov. 4.
The Georgia AFL-CIO has plunged into the fight to oust Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and elect Vietnam veteran Jim Martin, a liberal pro-labor Democrat, in Georgia’s Dec. 2 runoff election.
With the new Obama administration and an enhanced Democratic majority in Congress, we can make new advances on immigrants' rights. In the last few years the Bush administration dropped all pretense of being immigrant-friendly. Enforcement actions were greatly increased.
More young voters cast their vote this past election than in recent history helping to elect the country’s first African American president, Barack Obama. Since 2000 the youth vote has been in question with many wondering if they would make a difference this time around.
“When you feel the brunt of the downturn in the economy and wake up wondering if your job is being shipped overseas or whether you can still afford healthcare, you work like hell for change,” Steel Workers’ President Leo Gerard said recently as he described his union’s successful effort to help elect Barack Obama.
At post-election news conferences Nov. 5 leaders of the nation’s two huge labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change-to-Win, told reporters that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is at the top of their agenda and that unions will work with the incoming Obama administration and with Congress to ensure its passage.