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Further cuts proposed for King-Drew hospital

LOS ANGELES — Less than six months after closing the trauma center at the Martin Luther King Jr./Charles Drew Medical Center (KDMC), the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is considering even more cuts in the hospital’s services.

Reggae, art and politics: The revolutionary poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson

Author, founder of Dub poetry, former Black Panther and presently art editor of the journal Race Today, Linton Kwesi Johnson became the first Black poet and the second living poet to be included in Penguin Books’ iconic Modern Classics series with the publication of “Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems” in 2002.

Time to rethink old thoughts

The growth and maturation of the progressive movement in recent years is a major feature of our time. A wide range of groups are involved in the struggle for a better society. And though there is much disagreement on strategy and different emphases on various aspects of the struggle, one can see a general understanding of the major problems and possible solutions. In our Internet-driven society it is not hard to find sophisticated, if not profound, analyses of the current world.

Operation Withdrawal Scam

The White House has launched a new phase of its propaganda siege for the Iraq war.

Immigrant rights movement grows in Connecticut

Three years ago, people in Connecticut started talking loudly about something many believed was just a condition experienced by states bordering Mexico.

What next for labor?

Some of the dust has begun to settle since the serious split in labor that finally emerged at the AFL-CIO convention at the end of July. The Change to Win unions (consisting of SEIU, Teamsters and Food and Commercial Workers — disaffiliated; Unite Here, Laborers and Farm Workers — still affiliated; and the Carpenters who had already left the AFL-CIO a few years ago) are planning a conference or convention for late September. They seem to hint, and many fear, that it will be a founding convention of a rival labor federation to the AFL-CIO.

Editorial: Save Social Security from Wall Streets clutches

Aug. 14 marks the 70th anniversary of Social Security — our country’s most effective anti-poverty program.

From Emmett Till to Harold Washington: Arlene Brigham: foot soldier for equality

CHICAGO — Arlene Brigham’s eyes still blaze when she talks about Emmett Till. At 88 years old she can still vividly recall the pain and outrage surrounding the lynching of the 14-year-old African American on Aug. 28, 1955.

Atkins introduces low-cash diet

Two days after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., said today that although its low-carb diet had lost its luster, the company was introducing what it called “a low-cash diet guaranteed to melt those pounds away.”

Looming AIDS funding crisis

Federal AIDS funding is dangerously inadequate and doesn’t look like it will improve soon. This year 20,000 new cases are expected to be newly diagnosed. But instead of increasing funding, the Bush administration unveiled a proposal July 27 to shift billions of dollars for HIV/AIDS-related services away from hard hit urban centers to rural areas. Expanded medical care is urgently needed in poor and rural parts of the country where the rates of HIV are increasing rapidly, but 70 percent of people with HIV live in urban centers. The poor in the inner city will suffer.

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