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By Contributor on March 08, 2006

This Women's History Month brings much to celebrate for Latinas in the United States.

Not only do we have a strong legacy of Latinas involved in movements for positive change, we also have a new generation of Latinas who are speaking up today for racial equity and serving as role models for young people.

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By Contributor on March 08, 2006

America must get its priorities straight.

Several recent studies show that the income gap between rich and poor Americans is widening. The nation's wealth is under the control of fewer and fewer people, and this tide of inequality threatens democracy.

A study released in late January by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute found that the gap between the highest-income families and poor and middle-income families is significantly wider than it was 25 years ago.

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By Contributor on March 08, 2006

On January 22, 2002, Evo was expelled from Paradise.

Or rather: Deputy Morales was thrown out of Parliament.

On January 22, 2006, in the same grand chamber, Evo Morales was sworn in as the president of Bolivia.

Or rather: Bolivia is beginning to realize that it is a country with an indigenous majority.

At the time of Evo’s expulsion, an Indian deputy was rarer than a green dog.

Not so four years later: Today there are many legislators who chew coca leaves, an age-old custom once prohibited in the sacred halls of parliament.

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By Contributor on March 08, 2006

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"Why would I believe him? This administration, including the president, (has) mischaracterized this war for the last two years."

Rep. Jack Murtha responds to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace's statement that everything in Iraq is "going very, very well."

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By Contributor on March 07, 2006

On March 8, women throughout the world celebrate International Women's Day. Many observances, however, will focus on the policies of the Bush administration and the harsh results those policies have had on women, both at home and abroad.

Prior to the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, President Bush went to great lengths to explain how bringing democracy to these countries would liberate women who lived there.

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By Contributor on March 06, 2006

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal Solomon Amendment in a unanimous decision, bringing a setback to equal opportunity.

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By Contributor on March 05, 2006
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Bush's approval rating falls in the South

"A new Elon University Poll shows support for President George W. Bush stands at 43 percent in five Southeastern states, while 52 percent of citizens disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Bush is doing."

Source: elon.edu

Bush approval sinks in Indiana

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By Contributor on March 01, 2006

South Dakota just took a huge step backwards. The state's new criminal abortion bill is patterned on laws first passed in the 1860s and 1870s -- laws that produced a public health disaster.

Let's be clear: making abortion illegal, except when a woman's life is threatened, does not protect women or their lives.

And now, with a Supreme Court remade by a president who is dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade, it is a good time to look at the century-long history of illegal abortion in the United States.

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By Contributor on March 01, 2006

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By Contributor on March 01, 2006

The disaster in Mexico last month that took the lives of 65 miners should renew a push for global labor standards. While hope for survivors has long vanished, the search for answers has just begun.

Mexican government officials and representatives of the Unidad Pasta de los Conchos mine in the town of San Juan de Sabinas have insisted that the country's mining regulations met international standards. They said that the mine had passed inspection earlier in February with only minor infractions, and all of those had been addressed.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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