Thursday, August 22, 1996

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  • WELFARE REPEAL.

    TODAY PRESIDENT CLINTON WILL SIGN THE WELFARE BILL, ENDING 60 YEARS OF FEDERAL GUARANTEES OF AID TO THE POOR. IN SO DOING, HE HAS OUTRAGED A NUMBER OF HIS TRADITIONAL CONSTITUENCIES: UNIONS, WOMEN, IMMIGRANTS, RELIGIOUS GROUPS AND CHILDREN’S ADVOCATES. MARION WRIGHT EDELMAN, HEAD OF THE CHILDRENS DEFENSE FUND AND A PERSONAL FRIEND OF THE CLINTONS RELEASED A SCATHING CONDEMNATION OF THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY, CALLING THE BILL "THE BIGGEST BETRAYAL OF CHILDREN AND THE POOR SINCE THE CHILDRENS DEFENSE FUND BEGAN. SHE ADDED "THIS ACT WILL LEAVE A MORAL BLOT ON HIS PRESIDENCY AND ON OUR NATION THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."

  • THE NATURAL LAW PARTY

    THE NATURAL LAW PARTY: THIS YEAR WITH THE SECOND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY OF ROSS PEROT..AND THE FIRST GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION OF RALPH NADER, MORE ATTENTION THAN EVER HAS BEEN FOCUSSED ON ALTERNATIVE PARTY CANDIDATES. DEPENDING ON WHAT STATE YOU LIVE IN, YOU MAY IN FACT, FACE A CHOICE AMONG SIX PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IF YOU VOTE IN NOVEMBER. ONE CANDIDATE WHO’S BEEN FLYING ALMOST UNPERCEIVED BENEATH THE MASS MEDIA RADAR SCREEN IS DR. JOHN HAGELIN, A PHYSICIST RUNNING ON THE NATURAL LAW PARTY TICKET. THE NATURAL LAW PARTY IS RUNNING MORE THAN A THOUSAND CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL AND LOCAL OFFICES THIS FALL...AND IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION HERE IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK. PACIFICA’S NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT LARRY BENSKY SPOKE WITH DR HAGELIN YESTERDAY AT THAT CONVENTION WHICH DREW ABOUT ONE HUNDRED DELEGATES.

  • BURNED BLACK CHURCHES

    ON HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK, PRESIDENT CLINTON WENT TO TENNESSEE TO HELP REBUILD A CHURCH BURNED DOWN IN THE RECENT EPIDEMIC OF CHURCH ARSONS SWEEPING THE SOUTH.....WHILE SOME WHITE CHURCHES HAVE BEEN BURNED, MOST HAVE BEEN RURAL BLACK CHURCHES...MANY OF THESE CRIMES REMAIN UNSOLVED, HOWEVER A NUMBER OF THOSE ARRESTED ARE AVOWED WHITE SUPREMACISTS. THIS SUMMER, QUAKERS FROM WASHINGTON D.C. HAVE ORGANIZED A VOLUNTEER WORKCAMP TO REBUILD SEVERAL OF THE BURNED BLACK CHURCHES. MARTHA HONEY WENT TO

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