A new level of struggle against racism is needed

One of the results of the last election is that there is a stepping up of the struggles against racism. The quick reaction all around the country to the racist anti-Obama cartoon in the NY Post showed a new level of alertness and militancy. I think millions have become more sensitized after experiencing the attacks against President Obama during the election.

U.S. debates on whether to legalize medical marijuana uses

Michael Phelps got into deep trouble when he was shown in a photo with a marijuana pipe. Although Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott from South Carolina decided in February not to charge the 14-time Olympic gold medalist, the possible usage of marijuana by Phelps has drawn comprehensive attention on marijuana usage among youngsters and in California and other states, a debate whether to legalize marijuana.

Coalition launches grassroots drive for Obama budget

More than 40 labor unions and other progressive organizations with combined membership of millions launched a grassroots drive March 4 to push for enactment of President Obama’s $3.55 trillion 2010 federal budget in the face of stubborn resistance from the Republican right and a handful of conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

Keep organizing for single-payer health care, Conyers urges

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of people at a town hall meeting here heard Michigan Congressman John Conyers urge continued organizing and lobbying for the U.S. National Health Insurance Act (HR 676), commonly known as the single-payer Medicare for All bill.

Some great films to watch this Womens History Month

“Erin Brockovich” (2000) Starring Julia Roberts, this is the true story of a single mother who lands a clerical job in a law firm, then stumbles upon a giant power company’s systematic cover-up of how its toxic emissions poisoned a town’s water supply.

Study links poorer hospital care to racial segregation

For years, doctors and researchers have found that African-Americans with heart disease tend to receive lower-quality care, part of a larger problem of health disparities in America.

FIRST-HAND REPORT: The White House health care summit

Thanks to many grassroots activists and physicians who called the White House and threatened to demonstrate outside its gates, I was at the Health Care Summit at the White House on March 5 along with Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.). And it was good thing.

War crimes and double standards

New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof – like many of his American colleagues – is applauding the International Criminal Court’s arrest order against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for his role in the Darfur conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

$5 billion in contributions bought Wall street freedom from regulation, report finds

The financial sector invested more than $5 billion in political influence purchasing in Washington over the past decade, with as many as 3,000 lobbyists winning deregulation and other policy decisions that led directly to the current financial collapse, according to a 231-page report issued today by Essential Information and the Consumer Education Foundation.

Winfrey to air domestic violence show

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey said she will do a show about dating violence this week. She is sad over the fact that 19-year-old R&B star Chris Brown was allegedly assaulted Rihanna, a 21-year-old Barbadian singer and former beauty queen, in a Los Angeles area after a pre-Grammy Awards party last month.

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