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White House put itself above the law

Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia is sitting in an Army brig at Ft. Sill, Okla., because he rejected the torture and brutality carried out by U.S. occupation forces in Iraq. Mejia served eight years in the Army National Guard and eight months in Iraq before refusing to go back to his unit there.

Acting on principle: John Randolphs life and legacy

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – John Randolph, a great light of stage and screen, was laid to rest here Feb. 24 at age 88. Actor and activist, Randolph shined his light through the anti-Communist hysteria of the McCarthyite 1950s.

Corporate greed creates crises

Two simple examples of the unrelenting attack on working people: drug prices and no paid sick time at work.

State pension crisis

In the wake of numerous pension scandals and swindles since the 2000 market crash, it should come as no surprise that many U.S. state retirement plans are seriously under-funded.

National Clips

NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Hundreds demand “Fire Bush” / BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: Co. puts profit before public welfare / JACKSON, Miss.: City Council votes to condemn Patriot Act / SACRAMENTO: Californians unite to enact health care / WASHINGTON: Vets advance rights of gays in military

Attorney released from Ashcroft hell

PORTLAND, Ore. – The FBI apologized to Portland attorney Brandon Mayfield on May 24 after he was released from two weeks in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Puerto Ricans chart progressive agenda

BRONX, N.Y. – More than 250 Puerto Rican activists and leaders met here “to discuss the state of our communities” and to begin the development of a “progressive political agenda” for Puerto Ricans in 2004. click here for Spanish text

National Clips

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.: Hundreds protest Bush visit / WASHINGTON, D.C.: 450,000 say ‘clean up toxic mercury’ / LOUISVILLE, Ky.: School desegregation success story / MIAMI: Bush/Ashcroft prosecuting Greenpeace

MoveOn.org hits the streets

Tens of thousands of Americans joined the voter rolls May 8 as Internet activists moved off their computers and onto the streets.

Historic day arrives for same-sex couples

BOSTON – Wiping away tears of joy, Carolyn and Joy Beaulieu stood on the lawn in front of Cambridge’s City Hall while a justice of the peace pronounced them spouses for life, May 17. click here for Spanish text

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