Tuesday, October 12, 1999

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  • Poor People’s March of the Americas

    A new report by the Census Bureau says that poverty is down in the US. According to the bureau, the poverty rate for a family of four is $16,600 per year. The report says that the number of people under the poverty line is down by 1.1 million since 1997. But advocates for the poor point out that poverty rates, while decreasing somewhat, are higher than they were in the 1970s, and that child poverty here is higher than in other industrialized countries.

  • AFL-CIO Convention Opens: A Look at Challenges Facing the Labor Movement

    Facing growing challenges from an increasingly globalized economy, and with its sights on the upcoming presidential campaign, the AFL-CIO opened up its annual convention yesterday in Los Angeles. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is expected tomorrow to announce the labor organization’s endorsement of Vice President Al Gore in his bid for the presidency.

  • World Population Reaches 6 Billion Today

    Today, October 12, marks the day when demographers say the world’s population reaches six billion. According to population experts, population today is a good news, bad news story. They say that stabilization programs over the past generation have shown remarkable success in averting the doomsday scenarios that seemed likely 30 years ago. Better education and health services, declining mortality rates, delayed childbearing and other factors have substantially slowed the rate of population growth. Worldwide, women are now having just half the number of children their mothers did.

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