August

Major voting rights victory in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On Aug. 23, in a major voting rights victory, an Alabama judge ruled that state and local election officials have improperly disfranchised eligible voters with felony convictions in violation of the state Constitution.

Vigil, lawsuits challenge N.J. towns anti-immigrant law

Nearly 500 people gathered in front of the Riverside, N.J., town hall, for a prayer vigil Aug. 20, to voice their opposition to an ordinance that prohibits hiring and housing undocumented immigrants.

Lawsuit seeks overturn of Hazleton, Pa., anti-immigrant law

Civil liberties groups filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Hazleton, Pa., on Aug. 15, challenging a city ordinance that makes it illegal to sell goods or services, rent to, hire or help undocumented immigrants. The ordinance’s “English only” section declares “English the official language of the city,” making the use of any other language for city business illegal.

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BOOKREVIEW: Failed States

A “failed state” is a condition of state dilapidation, when a state no longer functions properly because of government corruption and lawlessness, which jeopardizes the general populace and causes democracy to go awry. Chomsky says the United States currently fits this category.

Ending the occupation, the 2006 elections, and tactics

The pressure for troop withdrawal is growing, so much so that earlier this summer Democrats introduced two resolutions in the Senate. One, authored by Senator Kerry, envisions a short exit strategy and a role for the international community.

Katrina and the ballot box

Despite President Bush’s slick rhetoric and smooth promises, New Orleans remains stricken one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Block after block of the Lower Ninth Ward are empty of residents, the houses engulfed by mud, without electricity or running water. Where are the billions approved by Congress to rebuild the city and the Gulf Coast?

Calif. heat wave kills 141, mainly poor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California heat wave last month killed more people than either the Northridge earthquake of 1994, the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 or the wildfires of 2003.

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Progressive for Congress comes under fire

MINNEAPOLIS — If Keith Ellison is elected in November to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, he will bring to the U.S. House of Representatives a fresh progressive voice in tradition of Paul Wellstone. He will also be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim in the U.S. Congress.

Coulter crap: Dont ignore it, expose it

“Godless” is a good preview of what candidates with a peace, health, environmental and women’s rights focus will face in the fall elections. Why? The Bushites know winning on the issues will be difficult so they are putting their focus on emotion.

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Asian American actors career was forged by struggle

Mako, the Japan-born actor who used his Oscar nomination for the 1966 film “The Sand Pebbles” to push for better roles for Asian American actors, died July 21. He was 72.

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