New Yorkers oppose JROTC funding

On June 9 on the steps of New York City Hall, members of Military Families Speak Out, Code Pink and Granny Peace Brigade initiated an effort to delete $2 million from the city budget that is spent annually by the NY City Department of Education to support the JROTC program in the city’s high schools.

Bankers dig in against Obama regulations

The ink isn’t dry on President Obama’s plan to protect consumers from financial predators and toughen regulation of Wall Street yet already the bankers are digging in to stop any real change.


On same-sex benefits change is welcome but ... LGBT leaders challenge Obama to go further

Leading civil rights organizations welcomed President Obama's memorandum expanding some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees June 17, but called on the President to take bolder steps on other hot-button LGBT equality issues.

Immigrant deaths in detention raise questions about oversight of private prisons

A coalition of immigrant and civil rights groups held a vigil in front of the Atlanta headquarters of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency last week to mark the three-month anniversary of Roberto Martinez Medina's death in immigrant detention in southwest Georgia.

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.

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