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Estate Tax Advocates Shift Moral Spotlight onto Unbridled Inheritance

7/28/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

While framers of the debate around the so-called “death tax” cast moral doubt on taxing the deceased, progressives argue that what is truly immoral is spoiling the ultra-rich at the expense of the rest.

Renewal at Los Alamos Weapons Lab Resurrects Deeper Debate

7/22/05

News Article

Military / War || Business

Forrest Wilder

While a bidding war for control of the US’s top nuke facility pairs two state universities with two corporations, critics are asking questions that won’t appear in either team’s proposal.

Family Medical Leave Act Under Attack

7/8/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Business

Kari Lydersen

A landmark workers’ rights act granting workers unpaid leave for family health issues is threatened by the business community and the Bush administration.

Native American Leaders Write Road Map for Trust Fund Reform

7/8/05

News Article

Indigenous Issues || Politics / Legislation

Megan Tady

After years of grueling litigation over the federal government’s gross mismanagement of money supposedly earmarked for American Indians, a political solution may finally be in the works.

File Sharing Cases Heading Back to Lower Court

6/28/05

News Report

Business || Law / Courts

Brendan Coyne

In a Supreme Court ruling that critics fear will staunch innovation, companies that enable Internet users to share music and other files may be liable for copyright violations.

Gallo Vineyard Workers Call for Boycott to Force Better Contract

6/23/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Immigration / Refugees

Rebecca Clarren

Reeling from depressed wages and the slipping of all workers’ conditions toward those endured by undocumented immigrants, field hands at the nation’s largest winery are asking consumers to help them obtain fair working conditions.

Discrimination, Segregation Still Prevalent in Housing

6/22/05

Feature Article

Race / Racism || Disability Issues / Ableism

Michelle Chen

Through overt prejudice and subtle bias, landlords and local housing policymakers take advantage of weak federal oversight to perpetuate the legacy of segregated neighborhoods, fair housing advocates say.

Amid Continued Discrimination, Gov’t Looks to Cut Fair Housing Funds

6/17/05

News Article

Civil / Human Rights || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

Even though unfair housing practices founded in deep-rooted prejudices persist and pervade, federal funding for groups that educate about and fight such discrimination is on the congressional chopping block.

Minimum Wage Reform Gains Steam with Long Road Ahead

6/13/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Social Movements / Activism

Michelle Chen

Anti-poverty activists say raising the “wage floor” will provide a crucial boost to some households and the economy, but they also note current increase proposals will not change the face of poverty in America.

Budget, Alliance Uncertainties Threaten Grassroots Work Safety Efforts

5/30/05

News Article

Health / Safety || Labor Issues

Brendan Coyne

Following major reductions in health and safety oversight by the country’s largest labor federation, the government has announced drastic cuts in its own worker education efforts, leaving advocates worried and weakened.

Labor Fears Free Trade Deal Will Prompt ‘Downward Spiral’

5/25/05

News Article

Corporate Globalization || Labor Issues

Michelle Chen

Workers’ advocates in the US and Latin America insist that CAFTA treaty will push jobs, wages and living standards to the lowest common denominator while exempting corporations from government regulation.

Union Organizers Hope to Mitigate ‘Inherent’ Meatpacking Hazards

5/24/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Animal Rights

Kari Lydersen

Although the slaughter industry is among the most dangerous, least desirable jobs in the country, labor advocates hope to improve workers’ lives and circumstances – if only they can overcome obstacles raised by management.

Fair Trade Advocates Say Open Markets Could Shatter Small Farms

5/23/05

News Article

Corporate Globalization || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Michelle Chen

The Central American Free Trade Agreement would spread the effects of unequally subsidized agribusiness onto freshly opened markets in Latin America, while enhancing the impact NAFTA had on small farmers in the US.

Proposal to Open Central American Markets Spurs Debate Over Free Trade

5/20/05

News Article

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Corporate Globalization

Michelle Chen

Lawmakers consider an expansion of the corporate trade agenda while opponents work to stop what they see as a key to industry’s broader goals for international market control.

Assault on Pension Plans Poses Challenge for United Airline Unions

5/19/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Poverty / Class Issues

Mark T. Harris

After a US Federal bankruptcy court granted a petition by bankrupt United Airlines to dissolve the company's employee pension plans, the airline and unions are negotiating over issues with far-reaching implications for the future of retirement security.

Labor Federation Cuts Jobs, Shifts Priorities, Raises Hopes, Concerns

5/17/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Social Movements / Activism

Brendan Coyne

With a major reshaping underway at the AFL-CIO, labor activists are looking forward to newly honed effectiveness; but the net loss of more than 100 jobs – some in highly valued areas – has generated fears and criticism.

Homeless Advocates, Oil Companies Eye Shuttered Military Bases

5/14/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Military / War

Christopher Getzan

When President Bush floated the idea of handing closed military bases over to energy interests for refinery sites, the ears of homeless advocates perked up, since they are supposed to have first dibs on shuttered bases.

Immigrants’ Advocates Hope to Open Door to Federal Assistance

5/2/05

News Article

Immigration / Refugees || Poverty / Class Issues

Michelle Chen

In the struggle over the future of welfare, non-citizens have found themselves increasingly marginalized, while recently proposed changes threaten to shift scarcely offered resources between impoverished communities.

Debate Over Renewing Welfare Reform Reveals Cracks in the System

4/30/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Immigration / Refugees

Michelle Chen

Proposed budget changes, new tax rules and inadequate welfare funding threaten to push the social safety net further out of reach for many of the poorest Americans while effectively raising taxes for documented immigrants.

Grassroots Fight Ensues as Schwarzenegger Favors Business Interests

4/29/05

News Article

Politics / Legislation || Labor Issues

Brendan Coyne

Growing concern over what activists see as the governor’s symbiotic relationship with big business is driving more Californians to protest policies that tighten belts of state programs and please corporations.

Anheuser-Busch Joins Fight Against Controversial ‘Pharma Crops’

4/14/05

News Report

Science / Technology || Health / Safety

Jessica Azulay

As the drive to normalize genetically modified pharmaceutical-producing plants heats up, major players in the grain business are stepping in on the side of activists who have long decried the potential dangers of drug crops.

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