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Dont privatize care for the disabled

News Analysis HARTFORD, Conn. – The outside thermometer said 90, but the temperature was more than sizzling last Thursday when the State Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) refused to allow 20 family members of group home residents to enter the premises.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Col.: Air Force covering up rape charges? / WASHINGTON, D.C.: Job losses hit Blacks hardest / HARTFORD, Conn.: Governor vetoes same-day registration

NOW launches drive to equality

CRYSTAL CITY, Va. – The 1,000 delegates to a conference of the National Organization for Women here chanted “Carol, Carol” when Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun arrived July 11.

La Raza demands action on Latino issues

AUSTIN, Texas – Thousands of people streamed into the Austin Convention Center July 12-15 for the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference and Latino Expo fair. A general theme running throughout the conference was, as NCLR President Raul Yzaguirre put it, “We [Latinos] fought hard for democracy. Now democracy has to work for us.”

Labor blasts recall drive in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Labor and other progressive organizations are denouncing a recall petition bankrolled by extremist Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) aimed at ousting Gov. Gray Davis as a blatant power grab.

NAACP cheers call to oust Bush in 2004

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – In the state where the 2000 presidential election was stolen, NAACP delegates cheered calls to oust George W. Bush from office “and send him back to Crawford, Texas” in next year’s election.

Latino population grows in U.S.

At the recently concluded convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens, Louis Kincannon, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, announced that Latinos became the country’s largest minority group in July 2002. The Latino population grew 9.8 percent since April 2000 to 38.8 million, about 500,000 more than the African American population.

Sports, leadership and politics

Opinion As a senior on the Manhattanville College basketball team, Toni Smith drew wide media attention when she turned her back on the flag before games last winter to protest the impending war on Iraq.

Register voters in 2003: get started now for 2004

Opinion It’s tough to pay attention to politics while beaches beckon and the beauty of our national and state forests and parks offers relaxation, recreation and adventure. With baseball, softball, family reunions, concerts and cookouts, it’s hard to think about politics.

Stop privatization of public hospitals

“The County is getting out of the business of providing health care services to people who can’t pay,” said a hospital administrator at Kino Community Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., according to employees there. On June 17, the Board of Supervisors held a hearing to privatize the hospital and close the general medical and emergency room services, converting Kino to a private psychiatric facility.

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