Four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, New Orleans still lacks adequate basic infrastructure. Striking the city in late August 2005, Katrina left more than three quarters of New Orleans underwater, causing severe damage to public services, roads, and essential utilities.
The death of three British soldiers in the southern Helmand province raised the death toll of those troops to 204 on Monday, after their joint invasion with the United States to Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Those fatal casualties were caused by a dynamite blast against an armored vehicle that was patrolling near the city of Sangin, confirmed the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) command.
SAN FRANCISCO ― As contracts covering some 9,000 hotel workers were expiring Aug. 14, hundreds of workers and community supporters marched down Market St., the city’s main thoroughfare, and past several prime tourist hotels, proclaiming their determination to win a good new agreement with over 60 of the city’s best-known hotels.
As President Obama continues his push for comprehensive health care reform and as reports emerge about “compromises” designed to win backing from Senate Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans, Health Care for America Now, a huge national coalition, and some unions have launched a new $650,000 television ad campaign targeting GOP leaders in the House and Senate and Republican members of Congress.
In a significant move the Supreme Court today ordered a new hearing in the case of African American death row inmate Troy Davis accused of killing Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in 1989. Davis’s case has been the focus of national campaign by the NAACP, the National Action Network and other civil rights organizations. The court’s action in granting a writ of habeas corpus was the first such judgment since 1925.
The White House continued to knock down false information about the president's health reform plan by addressing false rumors circulated in the right-wing media that claim reform could force veterans out of the VA health care system.
Following in the footsteps of the corporate-backed protest movement against health care reform, a group founded and funded by business interests opposed to regulating greenhouse gas pollution is planning a series of rallies to oppose the climate legislation being considered by Congress.
In addition to some of its major personalities promoting disruptions and even violence at congressional town hall meetings, the guests and commentators invited to appear on its programs seem to overwhelmingly oppose health reform as well.
PITTSBURGH PA - 'You all are the folks we need on the ground raising awareness about enforcement and detention in our immigrant system,' said Jacki Esposito, from the Detention Watch Network, here at the national Netroots conference.
PITTSBURGH PA – 'The only health care reform worth doing is the public option. If you give away the public option you have no health care reform. It is a real choice for the American people,' Governor Howard Dean told over 1,500 bloggers, journalists and activists here at the National Netroots conference. Commenting on the disinformation, yelling and heckling at recent health care town-hall meetings, Dean said, for the astro-turfers 'these meetings aren't about health care. They are about anger.'