Missouri activists press for LGBT rights

ST. LOUIS — While Missouri was the first state to add a discriminatory amendment to its state constitution banning same-gender marriage, the Show-Me State’s LGBT community has not backed down and has recommitted itself to achieving full equality.

Egypt election a parody of the democratic process

For decades, some would say centuries, Egyptians have suffered under autocracy and have yearned for freedom’s sun to rise.

Len Levenson, 92, fighter for democracy

On Aug. 7 the world lost a fighter for peace and social justice. Leonard Levenson passed away at the age of 92 in New York City.

New Orleans

Everybody knew that it could happen/ The likelihood was clear/ The future was coming/ And now it’s here

August Wilson: A tribute before dying

We search for various media to give real voice to who we are, who we really are deep within our souls as part of a dominated and exploited class, as a people still suffering the depth and breath of national and racial oppression, and as human beings living in a hollow and dissatisfying society.

Race, class and Katrina

Refugees flee to a country outside of their own and are afforded the kindness of strangers in a foreign land. African American leaders are making a point of emphasizing that those people left starving and dying of thirst in New Orleans for five days or more after the hurricane were and are not refugees. They are citizens of the USA! With thousands of people in desperate need, why is this an important point?

Rally for locked-out boilermakers

Over 1,000 workers and their families rallied in Meredosia in western Illinois on Labor Day in solidarity with 150 members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 484. The workers, who manufacture glue, resin and adhesives, have been locked out from Celanese Emulsions since June 5. Margaret Blackshere, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin joined them at the rall

Watch out for Citizens Health Care Working Group

As grassroots activists across the country pressure Congress and state capitols for universal, affordable health care, they are in danger of being whacked by a little known congressionally pushed “group.” The dishonestly named Citizens’ Health Care Working Group is a hidden part of the Bush agenda to keep profits in health care.

Barbara Bush relocated: Former first lady moved to new location away from cameras, microphones

Just days after former First Lady Barbara Bush made widely publicized remarks about people made homeless by Hurricane Katrina, the White House said today that Mrs. Bush had been moved to “a new location away from television cameras and microphones.”

Flat world? Friedman on globalization

Thomas Friedman, lead New York Times op-ed writer on international affairs, can drive most any class partisan to pull his or her hair out. Like some preachers who visit a picket line to denounce both corporate greed and picket line militancy, Friedman can be counted upon to plant his feet squarely on both sides of nearly every question.

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