January

Pennsylvanians press for minimum wage increase

The signs filling the Capitol Rotunda here told the story: “We Want Fair Wages,” “Help the Working Poor,” and “Vote Now!” For the third time in seven months a broad coalition of labor, community and religious groups brought hundreds of workers, unemployed and their supporters to the state capital to bring their message to state legislators. Workers in steel, health care, education, hotel and restaurant and other industries joined community activists from across the state.

Young communists hold national school

Over a dozen members of the Young Communist League USA participated in a seven-day National Youth School facilitated by four leading members of the Communist Party USA here during the week of Jan. 8-14.

Gibran exhibit visits Arab American museum

The Arab American National Museum will feature an exhibition of works by Lebanese American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). The exhibition, “To Discover Beauty: The Art of Kahlil Gibran, Selections from the Collection of the Telfair Museum of Art,” will be on view from Feb. 1 through April 30.

Dirigo works! Maine citizens fed up with attacks on Dirigo Health

Maine’s Dirigo Health Plan is working! Supporters gathered at the Maine Statehouse in Augusta on Jan. 12 to rally support for the program that Gov. John Baldacci, Democrat of Bangor, is fighting hard to preserve.

Labor, religious groups defend immigrant rights

Labor, religious and civil rights groups are urging that supporters of immigrant rights should focus now on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is likely to begin debate on immigration legislation in February.

Hearings, lawsuit slam Bush spying defense

The White House has unleashed a hard-line defense of the Bush administration’s spying on Americans without a warrant, claiming that only “credible threats” linked to al-Qaeda have been under surveillance and the snooping is necessary to protect “national security.”

Kill the bill Coalition fights budget that doles out billions to drug companies, cuts for students

The Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities (ECAP), uniting labor, community and low-income advocacy groups, is staging vigils at congressional offices, telling lawmakers to reject a Budget Reconciliation Act that inflicts $42 billion in Medicaid cuts and slashes billions more from other social programs over the next decade.

King Day events breathe life into dream

Despite efforts to dilute and trivialize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the only national holiday celebrating a people’s freedom movement, the people once again rescued and defended “The Dream” in actions spanning the United States.