Issue 706

  • The single-payer alternative

    A member of Physicians for a National Health Program talks about what’s been missing from the health care “reform” debate in Washington.

  • The problems they won't face

    The leaders of the Group of 20 are meeting in Pittsburgh for an economic summit that will be an exercise in cheap political theater.

  • Striking for California's public universities

    Thousands of workers, faculty and students will walk out across the University of California system September 24 to protest devastating cuts.

  • Why won't they call it racism?

    The important thing about Joe Wilson's outburst isn't that it was bad etiquette, but that it symbolizes the racism and intolerance of the Republican right.

  • Can Trumka deliver?

    The new president of the AFL-CIO is promising a tougher, fighting labor movement as he takes over the top spot of the labor federation.

  • No more waiting for crumbs

    If we want equal rights for LGBT people in all 50 states, we have to demand it--and that means marching on October 11 in Washington.

  • From crash to recovery?

    The U.S. economy is apparently growing again, but the problems that led to last year's financial panic remain--and workers' suffering is getting worse.

  • Better than nothing or worse than nothing?

    Barack Obama's speech to Congress seemed to help him regain momentum on health care legislation. The question is whether that is a good thing.

  • Killing an innocent man

    The evidence continues to build--Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the state of Texas for a crime that he didn't commit.

  • The charter school invasion of Harlem

    P.S. 123 ranks as a success among New York City public schools--but officials still took an entire floor this school year to give to a charter school operator.

  • Pittsburgh cracks down for the G20

    The government's intensive preparations for "unruly" protesters at the G20 summit raises the question: Who will protect the right to free speech?

  • An industry built on restricting care

    The basic fact is that pursuit of profit is the core mission of the private health insurance industry, not patient care, wellness or satisfaction.

  • Keeping Dr. Emily's open

    A group of right-wing fanatics have targeted a South Bronx clinic that provides abortions, but pro-choice forces are mobilizing to oppose them.

  • A teenager’s diary of occupation

    A new book for young adults, IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq, gives a unique firsthand view of life under the U.S. occupation in Iraq.

  • Mad As Hell Doctors head out

    A group of Oregon doctors began their tour across the country with a kickoff rally in Portland, Ore., and a first stop in Seattle.

  • Standing up to immigration police

    Activists gathered in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to a program that deputizes local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws.

  • Palestinian rights activists meet

    Some 175 people gathered in Chicago for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation eighth annual National Organizers Conference.

  • Teachers in Wash. end walkout

    A 17-day teacher strike in Kent, Wash., ended with a contract agreement that made some gains on the key issue of class size.

  • UW janitors rally over contract

    Fifty custodians and supporters rallied today to protest the slow pace of negotiations with University of Washington management.

  • Save New Orleans' Charity Hospital

    New Orleanians mark the anniversary Hurricane Katrina--by calling for the re-opening of the city's only public hospital.