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Monday, October 27, 1997

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  • Million Woman March

    Hundreds of thousands of women packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Saturday, standing shoulder to shoulder on the mile-long avenue to demand racial and economic justice. Among the 12 demands that united the crowd of black women from across the country was a call for an independent investigation into allegations linking the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking in the United States. Also topping the list of demands was a call for funding of black schools, more programs to help women leaving prison, and new ways to end homelessness.

  • Internal Revenue Service

    Everybody loves to hate the IRS and the 100,000-strong agency certainly took a beating earlier this month at Congressional hearings. So it was no surprise to hear the Clinton Administrations’ nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service pledge last week to root out abusive collection practices. Charles O. Rossotti, a businessman, told the Senate Finance Committee that he would make the agency user friendly and more sensitive to taxpayers.

  • China

    President Jiang Zemin of China arrived in Hawaii yesterday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit the United States in 12 years. Billed as a major milestone in US-China relations, the week-long trip is particularly aimed at building business ties between the two superpowers. Indeed, President Jiang Zemin’s trip — if nothing else — is testimony to thegrowing clout of the China lobby — those businesses, like Boeing, with a big stakein trading with the world’s most populous country.