Cleveland in contention

The Thrill and the Agony This week in sports by Chas Walker

March 4 action for health care rights

Jobs with Justice and hundreds of local unions, retiree groups and health care advocacy organizations, including the Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN), have set a national “Health Care Action Day” to link workers’ struggles against premium cost-shifting and cuts in essential health care services to the larger movement to win universal health care reform.

Wall Street loves Bush budget

Under the Bush administration, the federal debt has reached record dollar amounts. The latest budget, which claims to cut the deficit in half in five years, is a work of fiction – under the Bush program, real deficits will continue to soar.

Bush sneaks in another extremist judge

Reaction to George W. Bush’s Feb. 20 back-door appointment of Alabama Attorney General William Pryor as a U.S. appeals court judge was swift and scathing.

National Clips

NASHVILLE, Tenn.: State defies drug companies, Bush / WASHINGTON: U.S. marshals provide poor health care / NORCROSS, Ga.: Fifth-graders create Black history museum

Kucinich: the most unreported story of 2004

WASHINGTON – The most underreported story of the 2004 election is the never-give-up, never-give-in campaign of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) for president.

Ishmael Flory, fighter for equality, 96

Ishmael Flory, veteran trade union organizer, activist in the African American freedom movement, and a longtime leader of the Communist Party in Illinois, died Feb. 4 in Chicago following a long illness. He was 96.

Budgets of mass destruction

After factoring out the Social Security surplus and adding in a pricey supplemental appropriation for the war in Iraq, the federal budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2004 could reach $700 billion.

Marchers denounce mental health cuts

SAN ANTONIO – Marching from historic San Fernando Cathedral to Travis Park United Methodist Church on Jan. 15, nearly 180 mental health consumers, family members, clergy and other mental health advocates brought attention to the fact that an incident involving an out-of-control mental health consumer never should have occurred.

New bill aims to defend womens rights

National Organization for Women (NOW) President Kim Gandy and other women’s rights leaders held a Washington, D.C., press conference Jan. 22, the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to announce the introduction of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) that would codify the landmark Supreme Court decision protecting reproductive rights.

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