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Wal-Mart Exec. Sought to Cut Benefits, Discourage Disabled Labor

10/27/05

News Report

Labor Issues || Business

Brendan Coyne

In a memo executives are now scurrying to downplay, a Wal-Mart executive advised her colleagues to consider cutting healthcare benefits and instituting policies to discourage "unhealthy" workers.

New Orleans Activists Fill Aid Gaps Left by FEMA, Red Cross

10/24/05

Feature Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Social Movements / Activism

Jessica Azulay

Rather than wait for help from giant institutions preoccupied elsewhere, and instead of building a legacy of dependence, local groups have sprung up to recover poor and working-class neighborhoods through collective organizing.

City in Exile: New Orleans’ Displaced Struggle for Housing, Jobs, Neighborhoods

10/21/05

Feature Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Poverty / Class Issues

Michelle Chen

Under the looming threat of a “re-envisioned” city that could reflect the whiter, wealthier designs of developers and planners, New Orleanians struggle to meet housing needs and eventually return home.

Bayou Towns Still Fending for Selves After Rita’s Floods*

10/18/05

News Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Indigenous Issues

Jessica Azulay

After Hurricane Rita left them flooded, residents of Louisiana’s impoverished, largely Native American coastal towns knew better than to expect aid from FEMA, since they’re used to being ignored by the feds.

Federal Workers Win Again in DHS Court Challenge

10/11/05

News Report

Labor Issues || Law / Courts

Brendan Coyne

Another judge sides with labor activists and federal employees' advocates continuing to resist drastic changes in government employment policies.

Empowered by Victory, Tomato Pickers Look to New Season, New Goals

10/11/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Immigration / Refugees

Andrew Stelzer

Hot on the heels of their hard-fought win against Taco Bell, Florida’s Immokalee migrant workers and their advocates are far from resting as they plan to take on still more exploitative companies.

City in Exile: Katrina’s Displaced Move to Defend New Orleans from Elite Visionaries

10/7/05

Feature Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Race / Racism

Michelle Chen

Concerned that the mayor’s well-to-do special-planning board will recreate only the worst aspects of the city’s former character, activists and advocates are pushing for grassroots participation in NOLA’s renewal.

Relief Workers May Be Next Wave of Katrina Victims

9/23/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Catastrophe / Crisis

Michelle Chen

Reminiscent of the 9/11 recovery workers in Manhattan, first responders and relief personnel operating in the toxic gumbo New Orleans has become are toiling largely unprotected, treated as dispensable by the federal government.

Once Again, Insurance Industry Looks to Hang Clients Out to Dry

9/23/05

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis || Business

Jessica Azulay

Aside from consumer advocacy groups and one state attorney general, insurance-policy holders are left to fend for themselves against an industry bent on denying claims and hoarding record profits.

Workers, Activists Redouble Efforts to ‘Beat’ Wal-Mart

9/16/05

News Article

Business || Labor Issues

Andrew Stelzer

Even as the retail empire grows and profits, an ever-expanding array of challenges rise up from the grassroots and even rain down from government officials, posing a real threat to the company’s traditional impunity.

Oil Giants Planned to Manipulate Gas Prices, Memos Reveal

9/8/05

News Report

Business

Brendan Coyne

Three major companies each discussed strategies for manipulating pump prices and profit margins long before the current “crisis,” adding fuel to the fire raging over suspicion of present-day maneuvering and gouging.

FEMA Planned to Leave New Orleans Poor Behind

9/4/05

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis || Poverty / Class Issues

Jessica Azulay

Emergency management officials predicted with remarkable prescience the effects of a massive hurricane hitting New Orleans; but they did little with their knowledge, other than plan to leave the poor behind.

Funding Holes Found in Housing Voucher Program

9/2/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

Section 8 has accumulated significant gaps that are leaving some households out in the cold as advocates scramble to pressure Congress to re-think its approach.

New Fuel Standards Stop Short, Environmentalists Say

8/26/05

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Business

Michelle Chen

Even during what many perceive to be a crisis at the pump, with oil companies gouging consumers and dependence on foreign oil drawing concern, the government is softballing fuel-efficiency standards.

Corporate-sponsored PBS Documentary Riles Small Farming Advocates

8/23/05

News Article

Media || Agriculture

Christopher Getzan

Environment, consumer, agriculture and media watchdogs say the production of upcoming PBS show America’s Heartland exemplifies the problem of major corporations driving television journalism.

High Gas Prices Result of Industry Profits, Watchdogs Say

8/22/05

News Article

Business || Environment / Ecology

Michelle Chen

Consumer advocates point to skyrocketing oil profits as evidence that the current rise in gas prices is the result of greedy companies and a corporation-friendly government.

Monsanto Looks to Patent Pigs, Breeding Methods

8/18/05

News Article

Food / Nutrition || Business

Jeff Shaw

In a move that has environmentalists and consumer advocates worried, one of the world's most controversial corporations is looking to claim swine farming procedures as intellectual property.

Stadium Developers Threaten Historic Slave-Trade Site

8/12/05

Feature Article

Race / Racism || Social Movements / Activism

Catherine Komp

Richmond, Virginia residents fight to preserve a vibrant neighborhood as Global Development and Lehman Brothers look to hang a commercial shadow over or bury critical pieces of African American history.
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Energy Bill Offers Boost to Consolidating Power Companies

8/5/05

News Article

Business || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

In a victory for big business, Congress’s new energy legislation trashes measures put in place to rein in power giants and protect consumers from massive concentrations of electricity supply ownership.

Congress May Cut Food Stamps Despite Growing Need

8/1/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

With food assistance for the poor and farm subsidies both on the legislative chopping block, agribusinesses and anti-hunger activists vie for position.

Despite Broad Opposition, House Passes Free Trade Deal*

7/29/05

News Report

Corporate Globalization || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Brendan Coyne

Years in the making, the controversial CAFTA pact has passed both chambers of Congress, clearing the way to future, more severe trade deals.

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