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Immigrant rights groups put unity in action

SAN FRANCISCO — From the panelists speaking for a spectrum of immigrant communities, to the chants in globe-spanning languages that closed the program, the Community Forum on Immigration, Labor and Interracial Alliances was all about bringing immigrant communities together in action with labor, the religious community and other people’s organizations.

Educators challenge No Child Left Behind

As teachers unions geared up for campaigns to challenge the Bush administration’s troubled education law, the No Child Left Behind Act, up for reauthorization next year, the U.S. Education Department quietly released a blockbuster report concluding that public schools perform as well as, and sometimes better than, private schools.

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NAACP vows to fight vote suppression

WASHINGTON — As 3,000 NAACP convention-goers applauded, Julian Bond, the chair of the nation’s largest civil rights group, accused the Republican ultra-right of scheming to block or suppress Black and other minority votes in this year’s midterm election.

NAACP honors abolitionist John Brown

BALTIMORE (AP) - About 74 years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois led civil rights group the NAACP from its convention in Washington to a historically black college in Harpers Ferry to lay a tablet to honor militant abolitionist John Brown. But Storer College officials objected, saying it was too militant.

Problems Found With Diebold Voting Machines in Ohio

Subtle variations on the paper ballots used in a May primary election in Cuyahoga County made them unreadable to optical scanners, a review released Monday found.

House passes Voting Rights Act renewal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted Thursday to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act, rejecting efforts by Southern conservatives to relax federal oversight of their states in a debate haunted by the ghosts of the civil rights movement.

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Whos got my number?

The people on the other end of the line all sound so young and cheery. “NSA Public and Media Affairs, how can I help you?” the young woman says. “I’d like to know if the NSA has copies of my phone records,” I reply.

Truth and a wish for New Orleans

On a recent visit back to New Orleans I looked out onto Lake Pontchartrain. A dry breeze lifted the water into waves that shimmered in the sun: beautiful, despite the filthy floodwater the lake had devoured. Everything about the city is sad, including the beautiful parts that remain, because they make the loss of the rest of it so obvious.

Housing bubble threatening to burst

Fed fights inflation by increasing unemployment and lowering wages ‘Banker’s-eye view’ of the economy Home sales and prices, both down

Gulf Coast Update

Higher jobless rates Sheriff’s statements ‘overtly racist’ Entergy New Orleans seeks 25 percent rate boost Flood or hurricane? Insurers seek to avoid payments

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