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Battle rages vs. budget cuts

WASHINGTON — The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) denounced as a “spectacle of greed” a House vote Nov. 18 to approve $50 billion in cutbacks to food stamps, Medicaid and other vital benefits for the poor coupled with a push for $70 billion in tax cuts for millionaires.

'Don't Ask Don't Tell' could get military off your campus!

December 6, Don't Ask/Don't Tell Day of Action. Do you know about the Solomon Amendment? It is the legislation that mandates that colleges will LOSE their funding if military recruiters are not allowed full access to recruit on campuses.

Gulf Coast update

Protests force FEMA to postpone eviction of Katrina survivors. WASHINGTON - Stung by complaints it was pushing hurricane victims out before the holidays, FEMA extended its hotel housing program Nov. 22 by a month in 10 states where most homeless evacuees sought shelter after Katrina and Rita.

The scripted presidency of George W. Bush

When actor-turned-politician Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in 1980, a number of pundits wondered whether cue cards would have a prominent place in the White House.

Weve won on Social Security for now

President Bush acknowledged earlier this month that his main domestic goal of “saving” Social Security was going nowhere. Regarding his privatization scheme, he said, “There seems to be a diminished appetite in the short term, but I’m going to remind people that there are long-term issues that we must solve.”

Cuts in affirmative action and wages inundate hurricane survivors

Working families in the Gulf region are being hit by a second disaster as the Bush administration uses the current emergency to slash wages and open the door for discriminatory hiring practices across an area already racked by poverty and inequality.

Katrina survivors face mental health challenges

HOUSTON — Many of the people who survived Katrina will face significant mental health issues over the next few months and even years. While the health issues are quite clear — many suffered death, physical injury, infection and exposure to toxic substances — what may not be so apparent are the mental health issues, which are just starting to emerge as a result of the storm.

N.Y. NOW rallies against Roberts

NEW YORK — “Abortion is health care, and health care is a right!” declared state Sen. Tom Duane (D-Manhattan), leading a crowd of hundreds gathered in Union Square here Sept. 15 to denounce Bush’s nomination of Judge John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Bay Area demonstrators: Immigrant rights, not vigilante violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. — On Sept. 15, the eve of Mexican Independence Day, Bay Area immigrant rights advocates called for recognition of immigrants’ great contributions to California’s economy and culture, challenged those who would deny them their human rights and protested the imminent arrival of armed vigilante groups, including the Minutemen, on the state’s border with Mexico. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was roundly criticized for backing the Minutemen.

Calif. gov seeks re-election by stomping labor

Whistling past months of sinking poll numbers, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week announced he will run again for governor in 2006. At the same time he made public his longstanding support for Proposition 75, on the ballot in this fall’s special election, which would greatly restrict labor’s political participation.

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