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Chasm between words and deeds

When I heard Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina call for bank nationalization, and Sen. Chuck Schumer say “well .... let’s hold on a little longer,” I considered re-reading Alice in Wonderland. Schumer’s reluctance merely exposes him as a liberal pawn of Wall Street (there was never much doubt about that), but in fact it’s now hard to find an economist who does not favor nationalization as the only means of removing toxic assets from bank balance sheets and restarting lending.

A victory for Obama and the people

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic recovery bill to create millions of new jobs and extend safety-net programs for millions of unemployed workers and the poor, it was a stunning victory over Republican stonewalling. It was also a victory over corporate media naysayers, who are pounding a negative drumbeat against Obama and his New Deal type approach to rescuing the plunging economy

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Eddie Carthan and the struggle for Black empowerment in the Deep South

In Jackson, Miss., when the air is heated all day by a blazing sun, it doesn’t cool off at night. Instead, like a sponge, it soaks up the moist winds coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. I remember how, on a hot and humid July night in 1981, I counted the steps from my car door to the motel entrance, praying that there would be an air conditioner inside.

Unthinkable! GOP budget cuts endanger lives, leaders charge

As California’s budget debacle enters its fourth month, labor and environmental organizations are stepping up their fightback against the Republican drive to gut vital labor and environmental protections.

Reform blocked by racist groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center in a recent report charges that three Washington D.C. organizations have racist roots and that they were the most responsible for blocking comprehensive immigration reform in 2007. All three — the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA — are part of a single chain of lobbyist groups conceived and funded by John Tanton, known as an extreme white nationalist and anti-immigrant culprit, says the law center.

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Two Black workers who made history

BALTIMORE — Helen Evans was turning the pages of an album of photos of her father, Joseph P. Henderson, when her eye fell on a picture of him as a Laborers union organizer in Washington, D.C., during the 1940s.

New actions urged in Oscar Grant murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff is being pressed to take new actions, after additional video footage was made public late last month, showing what happened in the moments before Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old unarmed African American, was shot in the back by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle early New Year morning.

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Rally calls for moratorium on school closings

CHICAGO – Hundreds of teachers, parents, students, union leaders and local activists rallied here Jan. 28th at the Chicago Board of Education building against the boards plan to close, consolidate, phase out and turnaround more than 20 schools. Protesters led a march downtown chanting with signs in hand speaking out against the measure which they say will displace students and teachers, throw communities in turmoil, put hundreds out of work and undermine public education in Chicago.

As layoffs spread, pressure grows to pass recovery act

The news that another 100,000 workers have lost their jobs sent a shock wave across the nation even as President Obama visited Capitol Hill Jan. 27 to urge quick approval of his $825 billion economic stimulus package.

Ohio town hall calls for end to raids

ASHTABULA, Ohio — Labor, community and religious leaders called for a united effort to end inhuman immigration raids, arrests and deportations at a town hall meeting here.

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