Amnesty International denounces repression in Honduras

Human rights are taking a beating in Honduras in the aftermath of the June 28 coup d'etat which sent left-wing President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya into exile. Although the corporate controlled media are not reporting it, the de-facto government headed by Roberto Micheletti is employing heavy handed tactics to silence opposition activists and media.


Mauricio Terrazas, Mexican American activist, dies at 92

LOS ANGELES — Mauricio Terrazas, a longtime Mexican American activist and trade unionist, died here recently at the age of 92.

It takes a fight to win

It seems clear that the prospects for a bipartisan health care bill are diminishing with each passing day. And as far as I'm concerned that is a good thing. Nothing good, nothing resembling "reform" could come from bipartisanship in this Congress. The Republicans have no appetite for real health care reform. The health care system isn't broken in their view. So why fix it? A few cosmetic changes maybe, but nothing more.

Albuquerque turns out for health care reform

Braving over 95 degree heat, more than 2,000 Albuquerquians turned out for a town hall meeting sponsored by Rep. Martin Heinrich of the 1st congressional district of New Mexico, most of whom were in support of health care reform and the public option.

Protests grow over big oil forgery scandal

The corporate-Republican fabrication of fake 'public opposition' to clean energy (as well as health care reform) has become so aggressive and mendacious that the Sierra Club responded by launching an online 'Liar, liar, pants on fire' campaign.

Health care co-ops: Strategy for killing real reform

U.S. House and Senate health care reform bills that have won committee approval contain a public health insurance option as a vital component and that, says a new report released this morning, “is considerable cause for celebration.”

President Obama: Health reform is for everyone

President Obama grabbed the initiative in the health insurance reform debate by bringing a clear message to grassroots supporters via a national teleconference and webcast August 20. Because it will provide a quality public option and a raft of consumer protections, both people with and without health insurance have a stake in the fight for reform, the President argued.

Rally urges bank to modify home loans now

CHICAGO — Elitha Brown has been a home childcare provider here for 17 years. She employs three assistants and watches over six children at her home business. In May 2005, Brown suffered a neck and back injury at her second job where she cares for adults with disabilities. Her income was significantly decreased due to off and on work there.


Mercury contaminates fish nationwide, study shows

Scientists have found mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released yesterday.


Doris Brin Walker, defender of civil rights, free speech, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO ― Doris Brin Walker, an attorney famous for her brilliant and tenacious defense of political activists including Angela Davis ― and earlier, Smith Act and other McCarthy-era political defendants ― died Aug. 13 following a stroke.

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