Thursday, November 11, 1999

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  • African Americans Protest Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft’s Praise of Confederate Leaders

    Last week, a coalition of grassroots groups led by the Missouri Citizen Education Fund kicked off a petition drive against Senator John Ashcroft of Missouri. They are protesting Ashcroft’s comments in the Second Quarter 1998 issue of Southern Partisan, a Neo-Confederate national journal. In that issue, the Missouri senator praised Confederate leaders who fought to preserve slavery, including Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis, who owned slaves.

  • The Losing Fight Against Corruption in Congress

    Defying veto threats by President Clinton, congressional Republicans are pushing a package that will include billions of dollars in tax cuts for businesses, but which they have passed off as a move to increase minimum wage by one dollar. Clinton has denounced the Senate measure as a "cynical tool to advance special interest tax breaks." Many Republicans, delighted with the tax relief, saw it as a way to neutralize a Democratic political advantage on the minimum wage for the 2000 elections.

  • Sen. Domenici Brings Home the Nuclear Bacon

    New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici is known as the pragmatic, fiscally conservative chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. But when it comes to bringing home the pork for New Mexico’s nuclear labs, Domenici never met a nuclear project he didn’t like. In the most recent issue of Mother Jones Magazine, journalist Bill Messler traces Domenici’s love affair with all things radioactive: from food irradiation, to nuclear testing, to ensuring that nuclear stockpiles remain plentiful in post Cold-War America.

  • Nuclear Waste Dumps in Indigenous Communities

    Last August 9, on the 54th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, hundreds of activists, including survivors of the attack, congregated outside the Los Alamos National Laboratory to protest against nuclear weapons. We now hear from a Native American activist in Albuquerque about the health effects of nuclear testing on her community.