Teenagers involved in hate crime sentenced

A Pennsylvania judged sentenced the two teenagers convicted of simple assault for their role in the July 2008 fatal beating of Luiz Ramirez, a 25 year-old Mexican immigrant, to prison for up to 23 months.

US needs to act to end discrimination

The United Nations special rapporteur on racism has urged Washington to do more to address 'ongoing issues of racism and ethnic discrimination' in the US. Offering recommendations before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday, special rapporteur Githu Muigai said that, 'for the US to lead by example, it should do more to address ongoing issues of racism and ethnic discrimination.'

Jane Hodes, lifelong activist, founder of Niebyl-Proctor Library

Jane E. Hodes, a longtime Communist Party member and activist for peace, social and economic justice, died June 6 at the Oakland, Calif. retirement home where she had lived for many years. She was 90 years old.

Obama, grassroots groups move to protect consumers from Wall Street

WASHINGTON — Condemning Wall Street’s “culture of irresponsibility” that plunged the nation into the worst economic crisis in 80 years, President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan June 17 to strengthen bank regulation and protect consumers from predatory lending and other financial abuses.

New study calls for action on rising hate crimes

Leaders of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Anti-Defamation League held a June 16 conference call to release a new report called, “Confronting the New Faces of Hate Crimes in America.”

Economists, small business owners say health reform key to economic revival

The idea that the US can't afford comprehensive health care reform during a recession, as pushed by some opponents of President Obama's call for reform this year, is flat out wrong, said a statement signed by more than 330 economists and released this week by the Institute for America's Future.

Grassroots action: Join us in DC June 25, lobby for quality, affordable health care for all'

Under the banner “Health Care ’09: We Can’t Wait,” Americans across the country are being urged to get on busses, planes or trains or car pool to Washington June 25, “to lobby every Member of Congress in support of quality, affordable health care for all.” The national lobby day is being organized by Health Care for America Now, the national coalition of labor, community and social justice groups.

Anti-immigrant suspects in Ariz. killing have ties to white supremacists

(talkingpointsmemo.com) The recent murders of a Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions and of a guard at the National Holocaust Museum have stoked fears of a rise in right-wing extremist violence -- just as that much-maligned DHS report predicted. And now it looks like we've got another one to add to the list...

COBRA's high cost bites into jobless safety net

When Jane Schiffler loses her job on July 1, the college administrator will face tough choices. 'To help make ends meet for me and my 7-year-old son, I've decided to give up our land line and just use a cell phone; to cancel our cable TV and just get the basic channels; to go to the library instead of buying books; and to cook at home instead of eating out,' says Schiffler, a single mother in New York City. 'But I haven't figured out what to do about our health insurance coverage, which remains my biggest--and most frightening--challenge.'

Civil rights groups urge 'huge groundswell' to end predatory lending

Black, Latino, and Native American Indian leaders at an online briefing on the “racial wealth gap” said it will take a tidal wave of public pressure to win passage of legislation outlawing predatory lending and other discriminatory practices in the face of opposition from the banking lobby.

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