WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous Jan. 8 decision to reverse a lower court’s ruling, which had been in favor of an injured woman auto worker, was sharply criticized by defenders of civil rights for disabled people. They branded it another step to undermine the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To visit the American Association of People with Disabilities click here.
Jim Jennings, president of Conscience International, has seen the costs of war up close. Jennings, currently preparing for his fourth trip to Afghanistan, said, “The public is being shielded from the extent of civilian casualties; if people saw the war close up, they would not be so enthusiastic about it.”
From its inception in 1991, the Sao Paolo Forum has been an important vehicle for the exchange of views and experiences for the Latin American and Caribbean left. The 10th Sao Paolo Forum was held Dec. 3-7 in Havana, Cuba. Radio Havana Cuba has more on this subject here.
The Labor Department’s December unemployment report provided the background as Congressional Democrats and the White House began staking out the ground for the legislative battles. Congress will reconvene Jan. 23 and President Bush will make his State of the Union address on Jan. 29. For the complete unemployment statistics from the Department of Labor, click here.