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Americans cross U.S.-Mexico border for healthcare

by Guest Columnist on June 18 2007, 11:59AM

by Too Sense If for some reason, Republicans have managed to convince you that there isn’t a health care crisis in this country, this will probably change your mind. Desperate Americans are now crossing the border into Mexico to find…

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Shackling Kid Rascals

by The News on June 18 2007, 10:53AM

(credit) Imagine being a 13-year-old getting into trouble. Maybe throwing eggs at cars or just flat-out stealing them. Then imagine getting arrested, thrown around by cops, and locked up. Now awaiting your sentencing, how do you see yourself walking…

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Latin America takes on race;

by The News on June 18 2007, 8:17AM

Latin American governments move against long-entrenched racism. Global (racism) re-visited. Until recently, Latin American leaders treated racism as if it were someone else’s problem. South American presidents in 2000 even issued a statement condemning its resurgence in “other parts of…

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Senate sets new immigration deadline; Secret Asian man scores

by The News on June 15 2007, 7:22AM

Provocative Secret Asian Man comic gets national syndication. Senate Leaders Agree to Revive Immigration Bill. What will more time help? In a joint statement, Mr. Reid and Mr. McConnell said: “We met this evening with several of the senators…

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Louisiana Town Says NO to Saggy Pants

by The News on June 14 2007, 6:56AM

(credit) Many of you’ve heard already, but Black and Latino men will face six months in jail and $500 fine for wearing baggy jeans in Delcambre, Louisiana. The AP reported this week. DELCAMBRE, La. — It soon will be…

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Healthcare costs questioned; Immgt. bill refocused

by The News on June 14 2007, 5:41AM

In Health Care, Cost Isn’t Proof of High Quality. Interesting info, good lead into “Sicko” In a Pennsylvania government survey of the state’s 60 hospitals that perform heart bypass surgery, the best-paid hospital received nearly $100,000, on average, for the…

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“Inside the Income Gap”, New York Times

by The News on June 13 2007, 11:46AM

Elana Levin shouts out some good reading for this week over at the DMI blog. She writes: In case you missed it yesterday’s New York Times Magazine was about economic inequality. One of the things I liked about the…

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VT Shooting gets Congressional Focus, Bill Passed

by The News on June 13 2007, 11:20AM

Wendi Muse at Does Race Matter looks at Congress and its handing of some gun control policy in the wake of the VT shooting. She writes: In reaction to the Virginia Tech tragedy, Congress has decided to do a little…

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Dozens held in raids; Blogs spin pop culture & immigration

by The News on June 13 2007, 8:42AM

More than 165 arrested in immigration raid. What state terror looks like. More than 165 workers at the Fresh Del Monte Produce plant were detained to be processed for possible deportation, officials said, and three people were indicted on immigration,…

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Today Marks 40 Years of Legalized Mixed Marriage

by Malena Amusa on June 12 2007, 8:03AM

(Credit) Happy LovingDay Folks!!! June 12 is a holiday for some of us who are celebrating the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia that legalized interracial marriage. Ken Tanabe, founder of the LovingDay organization set out to make…

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Bono gets bi-partisan support; Gonzales walks

by The News on June 12 2007, 7:24AM

With Attn. General Alberto Gonzales facing no Congressional backlash for his unethical and “pinhead” leadership, John Stewart reminds us while this man must go. Bono’s Poverty-Fighting Plan Promoted by Two Ex-Senators. Life after RED The antipoverty drive, called the…

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Bush throws immigration fit; Loving day near

by The News on June 11 2007, 7:21AM

Obama Seeks Powell’s Advice on Policy Issues. What is really going on? Mr. Powell also said he believed the United States’ military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had become “a major problem” in the way America was perceived around the…

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This week: Immigration bill stalls; G8 Summit calls

by The News on June 8 2007, 2:29PM

This week seems to have been unproductive for national and global policy makers involved with president Bush and his policies. In the Senate, the “comprehensive” immigration bill being debated has faced calls to limit discussion and also derailment by Republicans…

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More “Sicko”

by The News on June 6 2007, 11:39AM

Michael Moore is brilliant in this interview with Oprah. It’s about his latest documentary about America’s health care policies that maximize insurance companies’ profits while minimizing care to patients. You gotta see this—it’ll be what everyone’s talking about when the…

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Living off of $21 a week

by Malena Amusa on June 6 2007, 11:16AM

RaceWire digs this story. In “Rep. Lee highlights food-stamp plight,” the Oakland Tribune reports: Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, walked into a Washington, D.C., McDonald’s on Tuesday, ordered a McChicken sandwich, and reportedly was mocked from behind the counter as she…

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“Sicko” coming to theatres; Republicans debate immigration

by The News on June 6 2007, 8:29AM

Sicko? The truth about the US healthcare system. Save the date. June 29. Michael Moore’s new film is a damning indictment of the way the world’s richest country looks after those who fall ill. Andrew Gumbel finds out whether…

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Bush’s anti-gay appointee; Katrina 2?

by The News on June 5 2007, 6:25AM

Bush Nominates Homophobic Surgeon General Who Wants To Cure Gays. Where’s Rosie when you need her. Last week, President Bush nominated James W. Holsinger to become the next Surgeon General of the United States. Holsinger founded Hope Springs Community Church,…

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War on Immigration; Police brutality at G8; Free college

by The News on June 4 2007, 7:57AM

Immigration — Bush’s domestic Iraq. 10 reasons… The Iraq Project was going to begin the transformation of the Middle East, an area that had frustrated president after president. Similarly, “comprehensive” immigration reform would, as the name suggests, resolve in one…

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Uranium rips native land; Pop Quiz

by The News on June 1 2007, 7:25AM

Blacks in Jazz Decry Exclusion Who owns Jazz? When Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland released its much-anticipated 10-year anniversary CD last month, local jazz aficionados were outraged that no African American musicians were included. —SF Chronicle Blighted Homeland-a multi-part series….

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Black hate crimes; Katrina jobless struggle; Bush fights AIDS

by The News on May 31 2007, 9:25AM

(“Photo credit) *Starting today, RaceWire is bringing back its daily news digests that compiles top stories at the nexus of race, culture, policy, and the economy. Wanna have important, provocative discussion? Get your news and views here! Native Americans…

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