Machine guns on Arizona choppers?

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg wants the U.S. Customs Department’s Black Hawk helicopters to be armed with .50-caliber machine guns.

Sacramento says no to Patriot Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a jam-packed room filled with hundreds of community members, the Sacramento City Council voted 8-1 on Nov. 13 to support a resolution opposing the Patriot Act’s unconstitutional provisions. Sacramento thereby became the 203rd U.S. city to do so.

Mumia defense office burglarized

PHILADELPHIA – On Nov. 19 the office of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) here was broken into by burglars. A spokesman for the ICFFMAJ says it was “an apparent political burglary.”

National Clips

WASHINGTON: Black farmers say ‘save our land’ / LAS VEGAS: Dump Bush, not nuclear waste / KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Sprint lays off 2,000 workers / NASHVILLE, Tenn.: School administrators sue for racial justice / INDIANAPOLIS: Grocery workers defending health care

Bush Medicare plan robs seniors

WASHINGTON – In a treacherous sellout of 41 million senior citizens, the Republican-controlled House and Senate narrowly approved George W. Bush’s prescription drug scam that fattens HMO and drug company profits while opening the door to Medicare privatization.