As food stamp use rises 20 percent, retail stores open doors

In a sign of the growing recessionary troubles, several retail outlets have begun accepting food stamps. According to USA Today, Family Dollar, 7-11, Costco and Target are among the outlets.

U.S. to sign UN treaty on people with disabilities

President Obama recently announced that the United States will sign on to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Health care reform a major theme at La Raza conference

CHICAGO – One of the most important topics discussed during the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) four-day conference here July 25-28 was the overall need for health care reform and how the lack of medical coverage impacts low-income families in general and the Latino and immigrant community in particular.

Party of no and hate

What does the Republican Party stand for any more? If you had asked an old line GOPer, like Colin Powell 10 years ago, he might have said that it stands for 'free markets' and a 'strong defense.' Of course these are code words for tax cuts for the rich and corporate welfare across the board and aggressive foreign military interventions. But the platitudes would have been recognizable.

Devil and details

The president has urged passage of health reform in 2009. The main reason is to remedy quickly harm inflicted on some many thousands of working families each month Congress delays. But the Republicans – and some “Blue Dogs” are bound and determined to stop any kind of reform, having made their deal with the devils of the insurance/medical industry giants.

Corporate profiteering at heart of foreclosure crisis

Maximizing corporate profits remains as a driving factor in the housing crisis according to Congressional testimony and news reports today.

Capitol Hill swamped with calls for health care public option

Union members and other health care reform advocates bombarded Capitol Hill July 28 with phone calls demanding enactment of health care reform with a strong “public option.”

The 'Skip' Gates arrest: Racism is more than an attitude

The other day, I was sitting in a coffee shop in Cambridge, not far from the racial profiling incident of Henry Louis Gates that triggered a national conversation on race and racism, and, being a bit nosy, heard some references to 'Skip' Gates.

150,000 South African workers walk out

Johannesburg has been brought to a grinding halt with 10,000 local government workers marching to Mary Fitzgerald Square to reaffirm their union's demand for a 15 per cent wage increase and a housing subsidy. About 150,000 workers in the country have stopped work. Unions say that most public services are disrupted.


Message from Kalispell: Give us health care reform NOW!

Steffi Baca of Kalispell was one of hundreds of Montana constituents who rallied outside the district offices of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus July 24 to demand that he include a strong public option in the health care reform bill his committee is drafting.

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