Ronald Takaki, 70, pioneer of multi-cultural studies

BERKELEY — Ronald Takaki, professor emeritus of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a preeminent scholar of U.S. race relations who taught the University of California's first Black history course, died at his home in Berkeley on Tuesday, May 26, at age 70. He had struggled for years with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune condition that attacks the central nervous system.

Is New York's Mayoral race in the bag?

NEW YORK—If you were to believe the hype, of which there’s no shortage, you would think that this city’s Republican-now-turned-independent mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has the November elections in the bag. But how many people actually believe the hype is an open question.

Maryland residents hail Rep. Edwards anti-war stand

Leaders of 23 Maryland-based organizations wrote to Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) thanking her for her “courage and foresight” in voting May 13th against the $96.7 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan.


Palestinian Americans harshly sentenced

DALLAS — With the selection of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court justice, Americans are hoping that the Obama era will put an end to the drift toward judicial tyranny here in the “land of the free.” Those hopes were shaken when a judge here pronounced harsh sentences on five leaders of the Holy Land Foundation on May 27.

Celebrating their fifth

Gay couples who brought the landmark lawsuit that led to the first legalized gay marriages in the United States at reunion in Newton Mass, May, 17, celebrate their fifth anniversaries, five years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage.

New foreclosure protection for renters

You may think that not owning a home will protect you from foreclosure - but an estimated 40 percent of households facing eviction due to foreclosure are renters, not homeowners. Many renters have been evicted from their homes with little or no notice - sometimes with no idea that a foreclosure was pending - after their landlords were unable to pay their mortgages.

Community health centers are key ingredient for reform

Marking the 100th day since passage of President Obama's economic recovery act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week touted the special role her department has played in moving stimulus money into the economy.

Labor, allies urge 'development bank' to create jobs

The decline in initial claims for jobless pay announced by the U.S. Labor Department this week was greeted as a “good sign” by Heidi Shierholz, a researcher at the Economic Policy Institute. But it only underlines the need for stronger federal efforts to create jobs to bring the nation out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, she said.

Anti-union bill defeated in Missouri

ST. LOUIS -- The fight to pass the Employee Free Choice Act recently won a victory here in Missouri. House Joint Resolution 37, better known as Save Our Secret Ballots, went down in defeat when the Missouri legislature adjourned May 15.

Despite Coleman-Franken fallout, GOP gov. blocks election reform

(Minnesota Independent) Minnesota's Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a big omnibus elections reform bill last week. While the bill was not everything reformers had sought, it would have made dozens of improvements to the current system.

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