U.S. News

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

Bushs hidden attack on public education

PHILADELPHIA – This year marks the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education – a historic civil rights legal case that declared Jim Crow segregated schools for African American children were a violation of the Constitution.

Privatization a mortal threat to humanity

In his 2004 State of the Union address, President Bush defended the Republican Party’s fundamental aims when it comes to health care: privatization and profit.

National Clips

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.: Vote stealers are at it again / SOUTH LIVINGSTON, Texas: State to execute mentally ill man / DAYTON, Tenn.: First ‘Gay Day’ celebration / PITTSBURGH: Steel city a civil liberties zone / EAST CHICAGO, Ind.: Steelworkers may strike to save jobs / WASHINGTON: Moms march to ban assault guns

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