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The Obstacles to Real Health Care Reform - Private Insurers and Big PhRMA
big_pharma_600.pngSimply put, the obstacle to real health reform is the insurance and drug lobby's stranglehold on Democrat and Republican administrations and Congress. Corporate lawyers draft new laws, sign-off on changes, and industry officials staff the FDA, CDC, and other related agencies, then return to high-paying jobs in the sectors they represent. Public welfare is unconsidered under a system favoring profits, so achieving real reform is near-nil. Whatever, if any legislation, passes, will make a dysfunctional system worse by rationing care, leaving growing millions uninsured, many others underinsured, while enriching insurers, drug companies, and large hospital chains.
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23 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Same-Sex Marriage Rights Can’t Wait
Prop8.pngThe leadership within the Peace and Freedom Party wants a measure to support same-sex marriage on the California ballot in 2010. Kevin Akin says, “The fight for human rights is back on the ballot for 2010, and if it fails, then 2012.”
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18 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / GLBT/Queer
Cracks Emerging in NAFTA
The once-solid North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) is starting to show its age. The 1994 trade agreement that laid the foundation for the economic/political integration of North America is encountering serious internal ruptures, threatening future “progress.”

The problems are numerous: fights over trade, immigration, and military cooperation are all issues that Obama recently discussed in Mexico with his NAFTA partners, Mexico and Canada. The annual meeting that usually delivers plans for additional integration was instead used to remedy these heated issues, none of which were fully solved.
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18 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / International
Honduras Resiste: A Speech on the Global Day of Action
7-31-2009__tegus_congreso_160cmi.PNGGood afternoon compañeras y compañeros, passersby, workers, bosses, fellow-citizens, humans, aliens. We unite today to celebrate the resistance to the military coup in Honduras, to lament for the fallen, disappeared, & wounded in the struggle, & to shout NO to the impunity of the men who have, for the moment, overturned the will of the Honduran people. Now we witness, in this twist of irony that is a drop of the lifeblood of history, that the actions of the golpistas not only fortify the popular will they aim to repress, they have set off an awakening in Honduras that no fleet, airforce infantry or death-squad will be capable of reversing.
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12 Aug 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Boston Informational Picket in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance
picket_8-11-09.jpgOn Tuesday, August 11, nearly 60 people gathered at 4:30pm on the Park Street Station entrance to speak out in solidarity with the Honduran resistance. A diverse group of people held signs that read, “Micheletti fuera / out!”, “Bring democracy back to Honduras”, “Action to remove the coup from Honduras, now!”, “Honduras resists, democracy now!” The event was organized in response to a call for a Global Day of Action by the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup in Honduras.
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12 Aug 2009 | Filed under: News / International
Employee Free Choice supporters blast Rite Aid with new report on company's union busting at West Coast warehouse
IMG_5689.JPGSupporters urging passage of the Employee Free Choice Act took to the streets on Monday to back warehouse workers at Rite Aid's massive distribution center in Lancaster, California. They released a new Jobs with Justice report about how management there has aggressively interfered in workers' freedom to form a union.

The 12-page report: "Rite Aid, Oliver J. Bell & Associates, and the Case for the Employee Free Choice Act" documents how management employed union busters and violated labor laws. Last year, the National Labor Relations Board was prepared to charge Rite Aid with 49 unfair labor practice charges before the cases were settled out of court.
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11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: News / Labor
A Cure for an Ailing Economy: Taxing the Rich
TaxTheRich.pngHealthcare isn’t the only social ill in the U.S. that needs a serious remedy. The list is long and growing: state budget crises, unemployment, infrastructure, education, housing, food assistance, etc. These are all things that must be paid for, but the money seems to be in short supply. When a country is in as much debt as the U.S., – $12 trillion and counting — the tasks at hand seem all but unachievable.

And this is exactly what many politicians would like you to believe.
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11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
Labor News - INDUSTRIAL WORKER
IWAugustSept09-1.pngINDUSTRIAL WORKER - AUGUST SEPTEMBER issue AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ONLINE at -

http://www.iww.org/PDF/IndustrialWorker/IWAugustSept09.pdf

Headlines:

* Korean Motor Workers Under Police Seige
* French Auto Workers To Blow Up Factory?
* Starbucks Workers Union Expands To Canada
* London Workers Shut Down Underground
* Honduras Uprising Against Coup
* Review: Capitalism And The Transformation Of Africa
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11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor
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