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VOICES: Too little, too late for Haiti?

January 15, 2010 - The following is another dispatch from Bill Quigley, long-time advocate for human rights in Haiti, as well as a leading advocate in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Facing South published Quigley's earlier piece yesterday, "10 Things the U.S. Can and Should do for Haiti."

VOICES: 10 things the U.S. can and should do for Haiti

January 14, 2010 - By Bill Quigley 1. Allow all Haitians in the U.S. to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the U.S. back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the U.S. will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems.

VOICES: Back to the barricades?

January 12, 2010 - By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestThe news that Byron Dorgan and Christopher Dodd will not run for reelection has Democrats fretting that they will lose their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate and will no longer be able to get anything accomplished. But what have we got to show, with regard to checking corporate abuses, for the past 12 months of Democratic control over the legislative branch as well as the White House? Last year this time,

VOICES: The jobless crisis of young blacks is now Obama's crisis

December 9, 2009 - By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America MediaThe bad news is that the more than one out of three young blacks out of work matches the figure for joblessness at the peak of the 1930s Great Depression. The worse news is that the jobless figure for young blacks, especially young black males, is not much different from what it was even before the economic meltdown. During the Clinton era economic boom, the unemployment rate for young black males was double -- and in

VOICES: Why won't U.S. corporations invest in U.S. workers?

November 24, 2009 - Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest In late October the company, A-Power Energy Generation Systems, announced that it had been chosen to supply some 240 turbines for a large wind farm planned for Texas. That would have been just another in a long series of manufacturing-goes-to-China stories, but for reports that the group launching the $1.5 billion project--a joint venture of

VOICES: Senate has final word on health care reform

November 12, 2009 - By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America MediaPresident Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, key House and Senate Democrats and Republicans, and most importantly the major pharmaceuticals and private insurers know one thing, and they've known it from the start of the health care debate: The Senate, not the House, will decide what, if any, health care reform plan is finally approved.

VOICES: Getting corporations to do the right thing

November 5, 2009 - By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestI admit it -- the Dirt Diggers Digest is guilty of focusing on the bad news about corporate misdeeds. So in this post I will write about something positive: activist groups that are succeeding in changing corporate behavior for the better. The occasion for this shift in emphasis is the recent announcement of the winners of the BENNY awards, which are given out by the Business Ethics Network.