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Farm Subsidies Lead to Ocean Pollution, Researchers Say

An environmental watchdog group links agriculture policy in America’s heartland with a toxic wave that extinguishes more aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico each year.

Farming of GE Crops on Wildlife Refuge Challenged

Commercial farms operate on numerous national wildlife refuges. Genetically modified organisms are grown there. Legal activists are fighting these and other things you didn't even know.

Immigration Bills Would Challenge Citizen Workers, Too

While the immigration debate simmering on Capitol Hill is reported to only concern the rights of immigrants, a little-publicized provision would place the burden of proving work eligibility on citizens and non-citizens alike.

Despite Govt. Inquiry, ‘Racist’ Policies Persist in S. Dakota Schoo

Indian students experiencing disproportionately severe and frequent discipline measures at school have received little reprieve from higher authorities.

Alaska Gold Mine Threatens Pristine Waters, Wilderness

The gold-mining industry is on the verge dumping waste in otherwise unpolluted waterways with government approval, but conservationists say regulators are letting corporations do an end-run around long-standing environmental protections.

Miami Janitors’ Strike Escalates Despite Partial Victory

More than a month after going on strike, and having won a 25 percent pay raise and health insurance, janitors at the University of Miami are still refusing to return to work. They are demanding the right to unionize on their own terms.

Kansas Students Speak Out Against Tasers in Schools

Where grade-school hallways are patrolled by cops, some officers tote controversial electro-shock weapons that have left kids terrified and, in one town, saying enough is enough.

L.A. Urban Farmers Fight for Community Garden

More than 300 families draw food from a garden in South Central that faces seizure by a real-estate developer bent on converting it to commercial use, unless the community can stop the takeover.

Increasingly Vicious Laws Push Out Homeless

Communities nationwide appear intent on testing the lengths they can go to suppress or expel their homeless populations -- anything to avoid having to see, let alone help, the least fortunate.

Senate Immigration Bill Lacks Worker Protections

An international lawsuit filed on behalf of immigrants working legally in the United States highlights the absence of labor rights protections in current and proposed guest-worker programs.

Tex. Court Overturns Convictions Under ‘Fetal Rights’ Law

Drawing an unlikely consensus between opposing sides of the abortion debate, a Texas court has ruled that the state cannot criminalize a woman for drug-use that impacts her fetus.

Court Rejects Felon 'Poll Tax'

It’s been about three years since Beverly DuBois broke the law, and she’s still paying for it – literally, in monthly installments. The fines she owes the Washington state government have piled up to nearly $2,000 – the last stubborn vestige of her felony conviction for growing marijuana in a local barn in 2002. And until recently, that debt was also the last thing standing between her and the ballot box.

Healthcare Advocates Unimpressed by Arkansas Initiative*

Despite Gov. Mike Huckabee’s pride in a new program intended to enable small businesses to provide health packages when they could not or would not before, critics say its holes and limitations render it largely unhelpful.

Cali. Students Defy Lockdown, Walk Out for Immigrant Rights*

For a fourth consecutive schoolday, high school students defied orders and left campus to protest national anti-immigrant legislation, while others were trapped inside their classrooms.

Blacks Losing Ground in Economic Race

In communities across the United States, times are tough for many, but the financial status of black Americans looks especially dire and continues to lag far behind that of whites, according to a new report released Wednesday.

‘Conscience Clauses’ Could Usher Healthcare Access Crisis

As legal loopholes that allow healthcare providers to refuse to offer services they deem “morally objectionable” crop up around the nation, their breadth and severity grow, raising concerns of broadening impact.

Logging Threatens Midwest Old Growth

To most people, the North Woods of Wisconsin might not be as breath-taking as Yosemite or Yellowstone. Their significant plant and animal species – like the goblin fern, American ginseng, the goshawk and the pine marten – aren’t all that glamorous.

Senate’s Shot at Immigration ‘Reform’ Steers Less Exclusive Cours

Following massive demonstrations across the country and high tensions in Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday hammered out a legislative compromise, ushering in the next stage in the battle over immigration reform.

All Talk, No Action on Mine Safety

Nearly three months after the Sago Mine tragedy, promises to toughen mine-safety enforcement have gained little real-world traction. And with the number of mine workers killed at work this year now just one shy of the total for all of 2005, lawmakers, administration figures and others intimately familiar with the issue are unable to say when, or even if, anything significant will be done.

Wal-Mart’s Foray into Banking Meets Resistance

When Wal-Mart made public its plans to venture into the finance industry last summer, critics came out of the woodwork and a diverse resistance movement formed – and for reasons we may have only begun to comprehend.

Suit Challenges Drug-Based Financial Aid Restrictions

Civil libertarians and students filed a lawsuit last week, challenging a federal law that denies financial aid to people with drug convictions. The groups said the 2000 law punishes students twice for nonviolent offenses, disproportionately affects low-income communities and violates various constitutional amendments.

Amnesty Cites Systemic Causes of Anti-Gay Policing

In a new report on police treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, a leading international human rights group yesterday indicted the United States law-enforcement system for facilitating discrimination and abuse based on sexual orientation in American communities.

Workers, Activists Want DuPont Investigated for Pollution

Suspicious of DuPont after revelations that the company has contaminated other communities, Richmond-area activists are asking the EPA to look at the company’s use of a likely carcinogen in their own area.

Rhode Island Schools to Quit Abstinence-only Sex Ed

In the latest victory for advocates of comprehensive sex education, the Rhode Island Department of Education last week said state-funded schools should cease participation in a federally funded abstinence-only curriculum.

Human Rights Body Slams U.S. Treatment of Youth Detainee

An international human rights commission has ruled that the detention of a Canadian youth at the US prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba presents a "serious and urgent risk of irreparable harm" to the detainee. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) also expressed concerns that statements obtained from Khadr through alleged torture and inhumane treatment could be used against him in a military tribunal.

Recent Deaths Spark Re-evaluation of Abortion Pills

Planned Parenthood changes the advice it offers women taking RU-486, while religious groups opposed to legal abortions re-ignite the debate over whether the “medical abortion” regimen should be administered at all.

Fight over Unionization Methods Stirred by Both Sides*

Two statements released by very different groups yesterday offered divergent views adding to a growing debate over whether workers should be permitted to unionize without holding secret-ballot elections.

Grassroots Pressure Builds for U.S. Govt., Firms to Act on Darfur

Frustrated by what some see as the government’s inaction on the Darfur genocide, a growing grassroots movement is pressuring the White House and Congress to do more to prevent further atrocities.

Critics Say ‘Educational’ Baby Videos Exploit Kids, Parents

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That seems to be the rationale behind new videos created by two nonprofit educational organizations for children under two.

Forest Workers’ Plight Exposes Pitfalls of Legal Migrant Work

Legally documented migrant laborers whose horrific circumstances were exposed last year have filed a series of class-action lawsuits, while their advocates are insisting on better treatment, pay and conditions.

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