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Child advocates to Bush: Stop war on kids

WASHINGTON – More than 2,500 Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) delegates gathered here April 8-11 to fight Bush administration cutbacks in food stamps, Medicaid, and education and to demand that Congress enact the Dodd-Miller “Leave No Child Behind Act.”

Get insurance biz out of health care

In February Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced HR-676, the United States National Health Insurance Act (NHIA), which would establish a national single-payer health care system. Conyers said his bill will free our nation “from having to put up with the outrageous costs that keep millions of Americans from receiving medical care and needed medications.”

Cuts hit Michigan kids

Michigan’s poor are having an increasingly hard time making ends meet according to a recently completed study and numerous social service organizations throughout the state.

Tax attacks

April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns, has arrived again. Where do your income tax dollars go?

EEOC could shut down

Approximately 10,000 private-sector charges and 1,200 federal-sector hearing cases will not be resolved this fiscal year if an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) furlough isn’t averted, according to EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominquez.

National Clips

AROUND THE COUNTRY – / ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Midwest says no to Bush first-strike policy / MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –Killing is not liberation / PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –Bush speech draws hundreds in protest / PITTSBURGH, Pa. –March for peace gets maced / DENVER, Colo. – Nuns face 30 years in prison for protest / BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –Profit by any means necessary: Health care robbery / EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – US Steel: Guilty as charged. Fined $250 million

Budget battle continues over brutal cuts

News Analysis In a statement released after the Senate approved a resolution setting the parameters for the 2004 budget, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney singled out the Senate’s 51-48 vote to cut Bush’s tax cut for the rich from $736 billion to $350 billion as one of a “handful of victories” for working families won during the Senate’s debate on the measure.

ACLU fights Patriot Act

PITTSBURGH – The knock on the door in the middle of the night is not a fantasy for hundreds of thousands of Muslims, people of Middle-Eastern descent and those who express opposition to the Bush war on Iraq and the Bush corporate budget.

Protesters to High Court: Uphold Affirmative Action

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of students, union members and civil rights activists rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 1 to demand that the court uphold affirmative action to overcome racist discrimination.

Money needed to stop SARS

Not far below the media war-hype radar, an international worry is mounting over Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a dangerous respiratory disease.

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