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October 2011

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The majority of Americans polled say that the top three issues facing the country are jobs, jobs and jobs. How do we create and maintain good-paying jobs with good benefits? .... read

Scientists say, as a result of the earth's warming, we are approaching a threshold where some cities and some parts of the world will become uninhabitable. There are predictions of deadly heat waves and floods, .... read

With a month to go until Election Day, Ohio voters are poised to determine in great part the future of workers’ rights. NO! On Issue 2 is the campaign on ballot initiative which would repeal Senate Bill 5, .... read

New cranes will have the ability to pick up containers without anyone's hands touching them. Automated cranes can work without Longshoremen. Most cranes here require a driver and people down below .... read

#OccupyWallSt, the Internet arranged protest demonstration in New York City’s financial district, location of the New York Stock Exchange and most of the major U.S. banks, began on Saturday, September 17, .... read

In June, Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican from Texas, and 53 cosigners introduced the toughest anti-immigrant legislation in more than two centuries in Congress. Known as the “Legal Workforce Act” or H.R. 2164, .... read

Kyle Willis, an unemployed 24 year-old man, died after an infection in his tooth spread to his brain. He went to a dentist who said the tooth needed to be pulled, but he could not afford to pay for .... read

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Warren Buffett was quoted in an article published by The New York Times on 11/26/2006. The article .... read

Holding signs saying "Heal America" and "Take it Back," nurses from National Nurses United began a campaign calling for a law to Tax Wall Street.  Calling it the "Main Street" Campaign, union nurses, who .... read

“After one week of implausible anguish of denied life-saving treatments, disappointment, fear and less than comforting handling from hospital staff (and dialysis) staff, ARxC dialysis patients will be .... read

As we go to press, it has been reported that the pharmaceutical industry is with-holding life saving drugs from the market for the sole purpose of maximizing their profits. This one example shows that .... read

Are people ready to take a stand yet? The organizers of “Stop the Machine – Create a New World” have called on “people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy .... read

Realistically speaking, the problem isn't whether or not to raise corporate taxes, but why the corporate giants and their CEO's pay little or no taxes at all. In 2010, all the major oil companies and ditto for .... read

For the first two weeks of August, 2011, I was fortunate to visit several cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, and Varanasi among several others. As a tourist, I had .... read

In Part l, Veronica Buckley, talked about her experiences in the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) "Self Sufficiency Program" that almost made her homeless. What follows are excerpts from the rest of her interview .... read

Human rights, as well as constitutional rights violations has come full circle since the integration of Central High School in 1957. ”What to the American slave is your “Fourth of July?” “The key to Freedom is education.” .... read

I've been involved for 25 years and I've never been so distraught and sad as I am today. I lived through the Engler recall activities, and I remember what the discussions were then about men and women being “lazy.” .... read

In Michigan, cuts in the education budget, taxing of retiree pensions, along with takeovers by the state, have produced a flurry of recall efforts (at one point as many as 20) including the campaign to recall .... read

There isn't a day that goes by where I am not at Royalton Manor Nursing Home twice a day to help care for my Dad and others. If I am not there, the solely understaffed nurses and aides are not able to do their .... read

The Democracy Convention was a gathering for organizers—people who are making the revolution happen on their campus, in their communities, in their unions, at their workplaces. This was a gathering .... read

The standard message from the Veterans Care Providers and Veterans Affairs seems to be to appease and delay. In 1994, this veteran entered the veteran care system. From 1994 until 2006 many medications .... read

The Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager, Joseph Harris—the dictator—has cancelled Constitution Week in the city of Benton Harbor. This was to be a week meant to honor the signing of the Constitution .... read

In April of 2011, Joseph Harris authorized an “order prohibiting all action by all city boards, commissions and authorities, except as authorized by the emergency manager.” The order states: .... read

once back in the old
Homes Not Jails days
I dreamed some young squatters .... read

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