Seek national health solutions

At its February meeting the AFL-CIO Executive Council responded to the deepening health care crisis by adopting a statement aimed at making health care a priority in the 2004 elections. “We need to turn the 2004 elections into a referendum on whether all Americans should finally be able to get affordable, high-quality care with their right to choose their own doctor.”

Lee calls for new national priorities

CHICAGO – Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the only representative to vote against Pres. Bush’s unlimited war authorization, spoke at the United Church of Hyde Park, June 23. Lee is the author of a bill that would rescind the legislation giving Pres. Bush unlimited powers of war.

Undocumented students win tuition victory

Thousands of immigrant students in Illinois will be able to attend college thanks to new legislation that grants them in-state tuition rates. The bill was passed this month by the Illinois General Assembly and then signed into law by Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

Protest greets Bush at fat cat banquet

NEW YORK – Thousands of activists, stretching from 52nd to 48th streets in mid-Manhattan, protested outside of George Bush’s $2,000-a-plate campaign fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel here, June 23.

National Clips

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Feed the hungry or the corporations? / BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: Hungry? Fill out a 23-page form / HOPKINTON, Mass.: Cheney catches heat from the people / UPPER ST. CLAIR, Penn.: Homes and water before profits / McARTHUR, Ohio: Federal budget slashes youth jobs

The roots of Pride Month

This week marks the end of June – Pride Month – the commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion and the celebration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) community.

Seniors blow whistle on Bush-GOP Rx scam

WASHINGTON – Nearly 1,000 senior citizens rallied on Capitol Hill June 25 and blew plastic whistles to show their anger at sham prescription drug bills that benefit drug companies and George W. Bush’s election while opening the door to privatizing Medicare.

PUSH convention challenges candidates

CHICAGO – Delegates to the 32nd Annual Conference of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition grilled seven of the nine candidates seeking the Democratic Party presidential nomination and called for a change in the nation’s foreign and domestic priorities.

High court upholds affirmative action

WASHINGTON – The grassroots movement that marched and rallied in defense of affirmative action over the last decade hailed the Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 decision, June 23, upholding race-conscious admissions programs at the University of Michigan (U-M) Law School. Wade Henderson, executive secretary of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), called it “a great victory for America.”