The United States ranks 41st in maternal mortality. Between 1987 and 2006, the U.S. rate doubled, from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 births to 13.3 deaths.
Racial and religious profiling and assaults on constitutional freedoms enacted by the Bush Administration have continued unabated.
The struggle for health care reform showed us what we are up against, and what we are fighting for.
The election of Barack Obama has triggered a racist counteroffensive in much the same way as the North's victory in the Civil War spurred a counteroffensive by the former slaveholders and their allies.
Last month I visited Detroit and once again saw first-hand what can only be described as an economic and human catastrophe.