July

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New Yorker cover sparks protests as Democrat gains lead in polls

“It's downright offensive” was the sentiment echoed by Manhattan protesters Tuesday complaining of the New Yorker cover painting the Obama's as terrorists at a press conference at the magazine's headquarters. The event was called by State Senator Bill Perkins. “It was offensive to the values that New Yorkers have, it was offensive to the values that Americans have, and it is beyond just an insult,” said Perkins.

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At La Raza meet, Obama preferred over McCain

Barack Obama’s sizeable opinion-poll lead among Hispanics over John McCain was reflected in the reaction to their speeches to the 5,000 participants in the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference here July 11-15. “Obama spoke to all the important issues to our community. It was a very good speech that helped connect him to the Latino community,” said Raul Yzaguirre, who served as NCLR’s president from 1974 to 2005.

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Citgo to distribute energy efficient lightbulbs

Former Congressman Joe Kennedy, Venezuelan ambassador Ricardo Alvarez and Citgo President Alejandro Grarado kicked off the second phase of the Venezuela-Citgo Community Assistance program at the home of Shirley and Claude Braxton. Through the Energy Efficient Lighting Program compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) will be distributed to low-and middle-income homes. This program supplements the Citgo-Venezuela Heating Oil program that provides winter fuel assistance for more than 1.2 million U.S. households during the past two years. The Braxtons are recipients of Citgo’s reduced-rate home heating oil.

Obama speaks before NAACP emphasizes social and economic justice

Cincinnati's Fountain Square was the site of an enthusiastic public several thousand strong wide screen viewing of Democratic hopeful Barack Obama's speech before the 99th annual conference of the NAACP Monday night. The Cincinnati's Inquirer's Jeff Peale wrote this morning that: “At Fountain Square, where a sizable crowd watched on the big-screen TV, applause and cheers erupted when Obama appeared.

McCains speech a puzzle at LULAC convention

The League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, which was founded in 1929 and has more than 100,000 members, met here July 7-12 for its 79th National Convention. Topics ranged from Latinos in the military to education reform to Election Day mobilization, and speakers ranged across the politico-ideological spectrum. Many of the speakers addressed the topic of immigration, including both major party presidential candidates.

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Saving our food and farmland

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still struggling to track the Salmonella SaintPaul food poisoning outbreak that has sickened more than 869 people in 36 states and the District of Columbia since the first reported case in New Mexico April 10.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and you

The financial crisis that has been sweeping the United States and much of the capitalist world since last summer reached a new phase when mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac moved near insolvency. This unfolding crisis may be the worst threat to the U.S. economy since the Great Depression.

Power, justice, freedom, vote: NAACP meets in Cincinnati

“Power, Justice, Freedom, VOTE!” are the themes resonating through Cincinnati this week as over 9000 participants converge on this southern Ohio city for the NAACP annual conference. The civil rights organization will celebrate its 100th birthday later this year.

Florida too early to call for McCain

TAMPA -- Thousands of Floridians gathered in locations throughout the state recently in support of Sen. Barack Obama's 'Unite for Change' call. From the overwhelming response of Floridians, from Tallahassee and Jacksonville in the north to Miami and Key West in the south, it was clear that the state cannot be 'called early' for Sen. John McCain in November.

AMA apologizes for history of racial inequality

CHICAGO, Ill. - The American Medical Association (AMA) today [July 10, 2008] apologizes for its past history of racial inequality toward African-American physicians, and shares its current efforts to increase the ranks of minority physicians and their participation in the AMA. In 2005, the AMA convened and supported an independent panel of experts to study the history of the racial divide in organized medicine, and the culmination of this work prompted the apology.

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