Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Bi-Lingual Education Lost in Massachusetts But Won in Colorado; Oregon Rejects Universal Health Care and Genetically Modified Foods Measures

StoryNovember 06, 2002
Watch iconWatch Full Show
Topics

Voters in many states faced a series of initiatives and referendums at the polls. Bilingual education came under attack in two states.

In Massachusetts, voters chose to ban the state’s 30-year old bilingual education program by more than a two-to-one margin.

In Colorado, voters said "no" to Amendment 31, an almost identical measure to ban bilingual education.

Educators and politicians in both states had warned the measure would spell disaster for students struggling to learn English.

In Oregon, two of the most closely watched and intensely fought ballot initiatives did not pass yesterday.

Measure 27 would have required labels identifying genetically engineered foods sold in the state. It is the first initiative of its kind in the U.S. Biotech companies contributed 4.6 million dollars to fight the measure. Top contributors were Monsanto, a leading producer of genetically engineered crops and Dupont.

Measure 23 would have created a universal health care system for all Oregon residents. Again, the opposition to the campaign was financed from big business interests with $1.2 million coming from health insurance providers.

Guests:

  • Tim Duncan, Chairman, Vote No on Question 2 campaign, MA.
  • Gully Stanford, Co-Chair of English Plus campaign that opposed the ban on bilingual education in Colorado. He is also a member of the State Board of Education of Colorado Lower third: Opposes ban on bi-lingual education.
  • Xander Patterson, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility, OR.

Related links:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation