February

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Still an open wound

In late January, a Mississippi man was arrested for a 1965 killing of two Black teenagers, who were tied to trees, whipped and drowned. Seale’s arrest, and others like it, shows that the nation is still struggling to come to grips with its violent history around the treatment of Blacks and the Civil Rights Movement.

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The Bush library: who needs it?

George W. Bush has selected Southern Methodist University in Dallas to maintain and extend his political legacy. The outcry began with a modest and extremely civilized commentary in the campus newspaper last November. It has risen to a nationwide roar that includes leading Methodists, SMU faculty members, and the public at large.

Bush budget would slash Medicare, reward rich

“The president’s budget is filled with debt and deception, disconnected from reality and continues to move America in the wrong direction,” charged Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Feb. 5.

A decade of fighting old battles in the New South

Much has written about the New South and expanded opportunity for Blacks and others in the old bastion of Confederate pride, but human rights and civil rights leaders in the region point to racial injustice, voter disenfranchisement, workplace violence, violations of women’s rights and other issues as proof that the New South still has its old problems.

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Fighting like hell to stop county cuts

The proposed $500 million in cuts will severely affect every county service and devastate the county’s public health care system.

EDITORIAL: The courage of Paul Robeson

In February we celebrate African American History Month. That history has given us some of humanity’s greatest freedom fighters, All of these women and men shared a common characteristic: They drew their strength from the masses, understanding the power of our multiracial working class and its allies to make history in the face of reaction’s stubborn resistance.

EDITORIAL: Senate battleground

The people, at the ballot box, in the halls of Capitol Hill and in the streets, have demanded that Congress act on the Iraq war, the minimum wage and other pressing issues.

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Bush budget: billions for greedy, bones for needy

WASHINGTON — President Bush sent a $2.9 trillion “guns not butter” 2008 budget to Congress Feb. 5, loaded with goodies for the rich, for corporations and the war-makers, but bare bones for working people, senior citizens, children and the poor.

State of Black California points to inequalities

A report released last week by the California Legislative Black Caucus titled “The State of Black California” reveals the glaring inequalities faced by the state’s African Americans and Latinos in overall economic well-being, housing, health, education and treatment by the criminal justice system.

GOP squelches Iraq debate War opponents declare, We will not be silenced

WASHINGTON — The antiwar movement voiced outrage that the Republican minority in the Senate voted Feb. 5 to block debate on a bipartisan resolution condemning President Bush’s plan to send an additional 48,000 troops into the bloody Iraq quagmire.

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