March

Canadians debate health care

Responding to mass pressures, the government of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien has released a long-awaited 356-page report proposing changes that will make an already good national health program even better.

War fuels crackdown on Muslims, immigrants

People seeking asylum in the United States from Iraq, Iran and 32 other countries with supposed “ties to al Qaeda” will be held in government custody as part of the “new security measures” announced on March 18.

The cloud on Bushs horizon

George W. Bush’s campaign of shock and awe is aimed at the entire world, not only at the cities of Iraq. But as he moves toward the title of Supreme Overlord of the Known Universe, Bush is standing on a shaky foundation.

Senate blocks Alaska drilling

In a 52-48 vote, the Senate moved to bar oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), March 19. Drilling in the ANWR was a key part of Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy policy.

National Clips

AROUND THE COUNTRY / MILWAUKEE, Wisc.: The heartland goes out for peace / PITTSBURGH, Pa.: Steel city says: ‘Support the troops – bring them home’ / ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.: Cops use rubber bullets, mace and tear gas on residents / DALLAS, Texas: Center of oil country says stop the war / INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.: Hoosiers arrested for sit-in at Senators’ offices

Texas educators: No cuts for kids!

AUSTIN, Texas – About 1,000 public school teachers and their supporters rallied at the Capitol here March 17 to stop the cuts in public education funding proposed by the business lobby and the right-wing extremists who control state government.

National Clips

ANN ARBOR, Mich.: Marching for equal opportunity / TERRA HAUTE, Ind.: Gulf War vet executed / DENVER, Colo.: Violence begets violence / SAN FRANCISCO: Low-wage workers sue high-fashion brands

Students march across state to save education

ALBANY – What would happen if Gov. George Pataki raised tuition at New York State’s public colleges and universities, cut financial aid programs, gutted opportunity programs, cut the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) budgets and cut community college funding?

Cities defy Patriot Act

BALTIMORE – Councilman Kwame Abayomi urged his City Council colleagues to approve his “Preservation of Civil Liberties” resolution directing Baltimore city police not to enforce repressive sections of the USA Patriot Act such as racial profiling and mass detention of innocent immigrants.

Womens groups blast Senate abortion vote

After the Senate’s March 13 vote in favor of a ban on so-called “partial birth” abortions, outraged women’s rights groups vowed to fight the law, and pointed to the importance of court nominees.

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