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Affirmative action march in Mich.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Despite freezing temperatures, hundreds of youth, students, community and union members marched here to defend affirmative action on Jan. 20 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Thousands honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Houston, Des Moines, Portland, Ore., Lansing, Mich., and Montpelier, Vt., thousands of people gathered in cities and towns Jan. 18-20 weekend for peace, equality and to honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are a few highlights.

National Clips

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: ‘Separate but equal’ is back / WASHINGTON, DC: Best government money can buy / AUGUSTA, Maine: Don’t like voters’ decisions? Call the Supreme Court / NEW YORK: On stage: Eligible for food stamps / VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.

Patakis budget doesnt work for New Yorkers

News Analysis ALBANY, N.Y. – In a State of the State address derided by trade union and community leaders as well as Democratic state legislators, New York Governor George Pataki declared he would both cut taxes and balance the state’s budget.

9/11 health crisis lingers

Two recent articles downplaying the dangers to physical and mental health stemming from the World Trade Center disaster are being widely publicized in the mass media and “scientific” journals.

Bostons first Latino City Councilor sworn in

BOSTON – History was made in this New England city with the coming of the new year. Felix Arroyo, the first Latino member of the City Council was sworn into office on Jan. 6.

Sacramento fights school privatization

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento High School, which has been in operation since 1856 and is the second-oldest high school west of the Mississippi, is in danger of being closed by the Sacramento City School Board, paving the way for takeover by a private corporation.

Lessons from the Lott expos

The Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) scandal did more than expose the racist underbelly of the former Senate majority leader and the Republican Party. It also showed the growing importance of the struggle for equality and against racism in the political life of the nation.

Coalition to fight judicial nominees

A coalition of civil rights and women’s equality organizations has promised a fight to block Senate confirmation of Judge Charles W. Pickering, Sr. and Judge Priscilla R. Owen to seats on the federal appeals court. They welcomed Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) vow to filibuster the Pickering re-nomination if it reaches the Senate floor.

Illinois commutes death sentences

CHICAGO – Illinois Governor George Ryan struck a blow against the death penalty worldwide when he pardoned four men on Illinois Death Row, Jan. 10, and commuted all 167 other death sentences to life imprisonment, Jan. 11. In three of those 167 cases, the term was shortened to 40 years. This was Ryan’s final act as governor.

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