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.'

Environmental movement, unions come together for healthy planet, workers rights

In a great piece of the latest issue of Grist, Kate Sheppard looks at the ways the union and environmental movements are working together to make sure the emerging energy economy is sustainable and fair to everyone.

Stronger laws against hate crimes needed

At a June 5 U.S. government-sponsored human rights panel discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of LCCR, called for the adoption of more effective hate crime laws in the United States. In his remarks, Henderson noted that in the U.S. 'the number of hate crimes reported has consistently ranged around 7,500 or more annually—that's nearly one every hour of every day.'

Beetle-ravaged forests prompt pleas for aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Rocky Mountain states urged Congress on Tuesday help them avert a potential catastrophe this summer as they grapple with millions of acres of beetle-ravaged pines that are prone to fire.

Holocaust Museum, Kansas doctor: When hate and politics turn deadly

WASHINGTON — Labor and human rights groups as well as political commentators have reacted with alarm to the May 31 murder of Dr. George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who performed abortions, and, 12 days later, the shooting of security guard, Stephen T. Johns, an African American, at the Holocaust Museum in the nation’s capital.

New religion commission begins work

CHICAGO — The Communist Party USA has established a new Religion Commission to strengthen its work among religious people and organizations. In its leadership are activists representing various religious traditions from around the country. Tim Yeager, a Chicago trade unionist and a member of the Episcopal Church, serves as its chair.

Obama tells AMA public option is necessary for health care reform

The following is the text of President Barack Obama's June 15 speech to the American Medical Association in Chicago on his health care reform plan.


Message from Bronx: Contact Congress on health care, now

BRONX, N.Y. -- About 70 residents gathered here June 13 to “speak out” on the health care crisis. The event, co-sponsored by NW Bronx for Change and the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, featured health care organizer Tim Foley, from New Yorkers for Change, and heard remarks from local elected officials and testimony from members of the audience.

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