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January 11, 2006
January 10, 2006
Love the troops – Hate the war. This vigil has been controversial because it is sometimes misunderstood. The purpose of this vigil is to raise awareness within our community and among the media that the most injured soldiers are brought to Walter Reed to be treated and should not be forgotten. They are our responsibility. Many of these soldiers, wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their families face long-term disabilities, difficult bureaucracy and shortfalls in funding. This is one of the sad and hidden costs of war. Our presence is a visible reminder that our wounded and disabled soldiers and veterans need and deserve our support. Please join us, you can sing, or hold a candle, or talk with others who believe as most of the country now does, it is time to bring the troops home and to take care of them when they get here – whatever the cost!
Come to one of these important, upcoming TAKE ACTION meetings!
January 7, 2006
Reports and Analyses: Top Ten Anti-War News Stories of 2005 and the Underreported Stories of the Year
Democracy Rising lists the top anti-war stories and the underreported stories of 2005.
A look at the developments around the globe this past year that seem likely to have the most impact on people and politics for the future, for better or worse.
This year has been a turbulent one for Afghanistan, with both historic progress and daunting setbacks.
While health care in 2005 presented numerous symptoms of a deeply troubled system, there were nonetheless some promising vital signs to point to.
The debate launched by President Bush’s proposal to partially privatize the system ultimately helped to demonstrate how strong public support remains for the nation’s most successful program.
Reports and Analyses: The Worst and Best in Election Reform, 2005 (Because There Was More Bad than Good)
So many grinches this year, Who-ville is more worried than ever about its democracy. The Georgia state legislature. The Department of Justice. Tom Delay. It was enough to make us believers in voting rights think we would be left with nothing under the tree.
2005 witnessed some important strides in education reform, most notably in Raleigh, North Carolina, while the Katrina aftermath inspired the year's low point.
It is easy to come up with the worst resulting from Hurricane Katrina and the government's response to the catastrophe. Nonetheless, there were some opportunities for praise.
CUF Project Director David Fischer testified at a November 15 City Council hearing on the rising poverty rate in New York, focusing on the city's increasing "working poor problem."
Reports and Analyses: Getting Connected: Strategies for Expanding the Employment Networks of Low-Income People
This report looks at eight programs from across the country that focus explicitly on increasing the size and quality of low-income people's networks as part of their broader strategy.
Researchers at Americans United for Separation of Church and State looked into the most common examples of supposed hostility toward Christmas and found them largely baseless.
The growing number of the uninsured, the public health impact of Hurricane Katrina, and the start of registration for the new Medicare drug benefit were among the top health policy stories of 2005.
This survey found that drug prices under the new Medicare drug program will be considerably higher than the prices negotiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to the survey, the median price difference for the 20 drugs most frequently used by seniors is 48.2%.
Reports and Analyses: Two Tax Cuts Primarily Benefiting Millionaires Will Start Taking Effect January 1
Sometime early in 2006, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation that would make significant cuts in a number of programs serving low- and moderate-income families and individuals, including Medicaid, child support enforcement, and student loans. At this same time, Congress has chosen to allow two tax cuts that exclusively benefit high-income households -- primarily millionaires -- to begin taking effect on January 1, 2006.
Reports and Analyses: Budget Conference Agreement Contains Substantial Cuts Aimed at Low-Income Families and Individuals
The provisions in the budget conference agreement would cause considerable hardship among low-income families and people who are elderly or have disabilities.
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