California’s mass prison hunger strike ended on Sept. 5, Day 60 of the strike after two state legislators issued statements of public support for reform of conditions that have had hundreds locked in solitary confinement for more than a decade.

Remember when the Senate immigration bill was heralded as a huge victory a few months ago? While most progressive groups swallowed the bitter pill of one-sided compromise that drastically increased border militarization and ignored workers rights, few groups bravely spoke out against it, which we covered in a previous edition of the App.

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By Herb Boyd

Special to the AmNews

 

     Like many Americans my sleep was troubled last night, troubled by the ghosts of past injustices, a feeling given fresh currency by a late-hour not guilty verdict from Sanford, Florida that freed George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

As the Supreme Court closed out its final week of this session, there was a flurry of historic cases that set the web a titter.  Most of the attention was focused on the Court’s rulings on the Voting Rights Act and the so called Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) in which they applied an odd brand of states’ rights to gut the VRA and strike down federal jurisdiction over marriage. Although DOMA’s demise as federal policy was cause for celebration for many of our allies, if you were not a state or a corporation, there was little reason to celebrate.

 

Senate Farm Bill Feeds Big Business Starves Families

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