Human Rights Watch slams Bush record

In its criticism of the Bush administration, Human Rights Watch warns, “Leadership [in the field of human rights] requires more than a big stick and a thick wallet.

Bush policies blasted At Home

George W. Bush attempted to win backing for his agenda of tax cuts for the rich and war on Iraq in his Jan. 28 State of the Union Speech. But mayors, governors, members of Congress and leaders of mass organizations sharply rejected his policies.

National Clips

CLEVELAND: 50th city against war / JERSEY CITY, NJ: Council votes against Iraq war / PITTSBURGH: Freezin’ for peace / SANTA BARBARA, Calif.: Nobel scientists say peace, not war / UNIONTOWN, Pa.: Neighbors demand justice / CAMERON, W.Va.: Mine blast kills three workers / WASHINGTON, D.C.: Over the road drivers take strike vote

Living wage hearing draws a thousand

SACRAMENTO – Over 1,000 people supporting a living wage ordinance here crowded into a marathon City Council hearing that lasted past midnight, Jan. 9. Another hearing is scheduled for March 4.

Communist meet heats up Chicago

CHICAGO – “Everywhere you go someone is starting a new anti-war movement,” reported retired teacher and Philadelphia Communist Party (CPUSA) leader Debbie Bell about the upsurge of the labor movement in her hometown.

Roe v. Wade fight moves to front burner

The battle to defend a woman’s right to choose moved to the front burner this week as the NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Organization for Women and other organizations rallied their forces to defeat right-wing efforts to undermine, and eventually overturn, the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Affirmative action march in Mich.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Despite freezing temperatures, hundreds of youth, students, community and union members marched here to defend affirmative action on Jan. 20 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Thousands honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Houston, Des Moines, Portland, Ore., Lansing, Mich., and Montpelier, Vt., thousands of people gathered in cities and towns Jan. 18-20 weekend for peace, equality and to honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are a few highlights.

National Clips

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: ‘Separate but equal’ is back / WASHINGTON, DC: Best government money can buy / AUGUSTA, Maine: Don’t like voters’ decisions? Call the Supreme Court / NEW YORK: On stage: Eligible for food stamps / VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.

Patakis budget doesnt work for New Yorkers

News Analysis ALBANY, N.Y. – In a State of the State address derided by trade union and community leaders as well as Democratic state legislators, New York Governor George Pataki declared he would both cut taxes and balance the state’s budget.

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