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Public health cuts make it clear the future is up to us

Those wanting a glimpse of what life will be like for the new class of poor under a Democratic administration in 2008 need look no further than Cook County, Illinois. There, under the leadership of the Cook County /Chicago Democratic Party, the Cook County government is balancing its budget on the backs of those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Faced with a $500 million budget shortfall, the county's Board of Commissioners has slashed more than 1300 county jobs, most of them in health care. More than 1,000 hospital and clinic jobs have been cut, including 260 doctors and 230 nurses. Also, 12 of the county's 26 community health clinics were closed, including seven which were located in schools.


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Hunger grows in America:
Demand government take over food industry

We have all seen the horrifying photographs of starving children in "far-away" countries. Every five seconds, a child dies from hunger. Almost one-sixth of the world is hungry. Charities tell Americans that by helping one hungry child, this human catastrophe can end. So, we give. But, hunger has not ended. It is growing. It is even on the rise in America -- the wealthiest country in the world. Although America has always had hunger, today, it is reaching people who never imagined they would be standing in food lines. Hunger in America is growing at the rate of 10% per year. It is a product of the market economy.

Though rarely discussed in Congress, over 35 million Americans don't know where their next meal will come from. This is one in eight people. What is also new is that one-third of those seeking food aid today are (or were) middle-income workers. Declining incomes and job loss resulting from the shift from industry to global, automated production and a market economy are at the root of the new hunger. Food production today is based on what the market will bear. If you don't have money to buy food, you starve.


Special Section: U.S. Social Forum

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From The Editors

Demanding Public Housing & Ending Homelessness

Keeping Water Public

Domestic Workers Organize

Also In this Issue:

Communism and Christianity

They say it's thirty now

'Society is responsible to force government to act,' says Nashville homeless organizer

Will Fresno's Homeless be Put in Concentration Camps?

Fresno celebration calls for unity in black and brown community


Defend Human Rights

You're not a capitalist ... Why support their system?

Profiteering in Illinois

Hate begets more hatred

Los Angeles: The battle for quality, public education

1,500 protest planned L.A. bus fare hike

The Benton Harbor, Mich. Community Speaks Out

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