Tuesday, July 28, 1998

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  • Activists Fast Against Iraqi Sanctions

    Only a few months ago it seemed imminent that the United States was going to bomb Iraq. During that crisis, we talked to groups around the country and the world and heard from various peace groups and other organizations about their activism in opposing military strikes. We also heard daily reports from a small group of people who traveled to Iraq in the midst of this crisis— members of the human rights group Voices in the Wilderness.

  • Sleazy Congressional Riders Threaten the Environment

    Legislators of both parties use and abuse the practice of attaching controversial proposals called riders to must-pass federal legislation such as appropriations bills. In these last two weeks before the House takes its summer recess, legislation is being railroaded right and left. Republicans, who have failed in several frontal assaults on laws protecting the environment, reproductive rights, and equal opportunity for gays and lesbians, are trying to chip away at them through these back-door machinations. On the environmental front, there are at least 20 riders attached to the Senate Interior Appropriations bill that activists say will destroy wilderness protections, pave over parks and promote clearcutting of forests. Meanwhile there is a rider attached to a bill in the House that would prohibit federal funds from going to localities that require companies to provide health benefits to unmarried domestic partners of employees.

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