July

Obama, McCain kick off campaign for Latino vote

John McCain and Barack Obama kicked off their campaigns to reach the Latino community June 28, providing a unique comparative view of their sharply different philosophies and programs.

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Lil Feist honored on 100th birthday

SEATTLE — More than 150 family and friends packed the Nordic Heritage Museum hall here June 28 to celebrate Lil Husa Feist’s 100th birthday and to greet her as a warm and caring mother and grandmother and a fighter for working people’s rights.

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People and dogs for Obama at this parade

Forks, population 3,193, “logging capital of the world,” is located in the far northwest corner of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. The sun shined on the “Old Time Fourth of July Parade” up main street in Forks this past Friday, July 4.

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East Bay workers gear up for long, hot summer

If California’s Alameda County, across the bay from San Francisco, is heading for a “long, hot summer,” extreme weather won’t be the only reason. Contracts covering 50,000 workers — half those whose unions are affiliated with the Alameda Labor Council — expired at midnight June 30.

Homeowners, tenants still waiting for help

With 8,000 homeowners hit by foreclosure each day, legislation to meet the crisis ought to be high on the Capitol Hill agenda. But fighters for decent, affordable housing say the Bush administration and Republican lawmakers are blocking action.

Gun ruling controversy heats up in Chicago

CHICAGO — Every day 82 people die due to gun violence throughout the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Chicago Public School officials say 27 students have died by gunfire since September 2007. One weekend here left nine people dead in 36 shootings and the week after that five people were found shot to death inside a pillaged South Side home. Chicago Police Department statistics show that from 2004 to November 2007 there were 43,685 firearms-related crimes in Chicago.

U.S. mayors back single-payer health care

The U.S. Conference of Mayors June 23 adopted a resolution endorsing HR 676, the National Health Insurance Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would expand the Medicare system to cover everyone in the United States under a single-payer national health insurance system.

Gun ruling heats up in Chicago

Every day 82 people die to gun violence throughout the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control. Chicago Public School officials say 27 students have died by gunfire since September 2007.

Health care for all on the horizon

Universal health care moved closer to reality when the U.S. Conference of Mayors upped the ante June 23 by backing HR 676, the National Health Insurance Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), would expand Medicare to cover everyone in the United States under a single-payer national health insurance system.

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Chicago resolution rejects anti-immigrant rhetoric

CHICAGO – CNN’s Lou Dobbs has made a name and lots of money for himself by railing against immigrants, contributing to an atmosphere of hate and fear. When that happens, sometimes you have to say, “Enough!”

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