House passes apology for slavery and segregation bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill recently apologizing to African Americans for slavery and segregation. Authored by Steve Cohen, Democrat of Memphis, and co-sponsored by 120 representatives, House Resolution 194 apologizes for the 'fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow' segregation but does not address the issue of reparations.

Unity 08: making newsroom diversity a reality

CHICAGO – Although Barack Obama’s appearance here at the Unity ‘08 convention gathered most of the media’s attention, the convention had some other business to attend to.

Oil: Simple arithmetic

An average family is likely to spend an extra $750 this year on gasoline, compared with last year. My oil company has informed me it will cost $3,795 to heat my house this coming winter — three times the cost a few years ago. Cash-strapped local governments are trying to figure out how they will afford to operate police cars and heat schools.


Congreso joins election push

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,500 Latino public officials, civic, labor rights and community leaders and activists from 20 states participated in the third annual National Latino Congreso here July 18-20. Delegates reaffirmed a progressive Latino agenda and a drive to bring out 10 million Latino voters to help change the direction of the country in the 2008 elections.

Grassroots politics vs. right-wing money

ST LOUIS – “This is a war of attrition,” said Glenn Burliegh, campaign coordinator for Robin Wright-Jones for state senate. “To win, we have to work harder, fight longer and overcome more obstacles than our opposition. But, we can do it.”

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