Retired shingle mill worker contributes to PWW fund goal

FORKS, WA---It took Roberta Wood a 2,000 mile plane ride, two ferries, two transit bus rides and a long drive around Lake Crescent to visit Carl Lausche in the West End of Clallam County, WA. Lausche, 86, lives in a comfortable new mobile home in a clearing behind his daughter Linda’s house surrounded by miles of deep evergreen forest, mountains, and glacial rivers that teem with salmon and steelhead. The region is famed for receiving 114 inches, 12 feet of rain annually.


VIDEO Comedian Wanda Sykes skewers Rush Limbaugh

Comedian Wanda Sykes pulled no punches as she skewered extremist right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh at the White House Correspondents' Dinner -- accusing him of treason for saying he wants President Barack Obama to fail.


A nightmare interrupted: Home foreclosure is postponed

OAKLAND, Calif. -- When does keeping a promise turn into a nightmare? When it involves a home whose price has ballooned beyond reason, a realtor who fails to make loan terms clear, and a lender who refuses to modify soaring mortgage costs.

Health industry goes to White House: real reform or pre-emptive strike?

Representatives from the nation’s biggest corporate health lobbies, in a White House meeting with President Obama today, offered up a plan to voluntarily reduce health care costs by as much as $2 trillion over 10 years. Some commentators say the industry move indicates a tactical shift by the health industry lobbies. Instead of directly opposing major health care reform, as they did in the past, they are signing on to reform while zeroing in on blocking the public option that Obama has proposed.

Lawmakers try to block new abuse photos

NEW YORK, May 11 (IPS) - Civil libertarians are condemning a call by two influential U.S. senators for the White House to block the impending release of photographs showing detainees being abused by U.S. military personnel at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at other U.S. detention facilities in the Middle East and elsewhere.

LOL President Barack Obama delivers hilarious speech

President Barack Obama gives his speech to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, May 9, 2009.

The progressive roots of Mother's Day

Today is the 101st anniversary of Mother's Day as we know it. Over at Beliefnet, popular religion scholar Diana Butler Bass reminds us of the progressive origins of Mother's Day, which started with a Virginia native Anna Jarvis, daughter of a Southern social activist:

New report shows millions lost health coverage during the recession

A new report on health care coverage over the last 15 months by the Center for American Progress shows that rapid increases in unemployment have increased the number of uninsured Americans.

Orlando march highlights immigration trends

ORLANDO FL - Over 100 immigrants, workers, and students gathered on lake Eola in downtown Orlando recently to call for changes in United States immigration policy. The focus of the march was to call for an expedited, easier path towards citizenship and to protest what the marchers considered to be discriminatory and harsh measures being taken by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. Under the hot Floridan sun, the assembled crowd were treated to a host of speakers assembled by organizers from the Farmworker Association of Florida, who spoke to the assembly in a combination of English, Spanish, and Creole.


Spirited May Day Rally raises worker activism and funds

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- International workers' solidarity was in the air at the People's Weekly World May Day rally, 'No Cuts - No Layoffs - Tax the Rich,' on Sunday, May 5. The jammed hall greeted a powerpoint photo presentation of workers confronting the economic crisis on every continent followed by a panel discussion by Connecticut union leaders.

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