In Booneville, Indiana, Roger Anderson, President of United Mine Workers (UMWA) Local 9926, reports that his local has also endorsed HR 676. Roger Anderson said: “The UMWA has been at the forefront of health care. It was one of the first unions to negotiate health care for its working members and retirees and the only union to build hospitals in rural areas to guarantee access to health care for its members and their families. With the present system in place, the members of Local 9926 understand that the health care they have fought for and were promised for life can be taken away overnight.”
Mountaintop removal protest:
Finding a path forward?
by Ken Ward Jr.
The Charleston Gazette
SUNDIAL, W.Va. — It was quite a scene outside Massey Energy’s Goals Coal Co. operation Tuesday.
First, there were the protesters — a mix of West Virginia residents and those darned out-of-state agitators — playing some hillbilly music, doing some speechifying, and then marching down W.Va. 3 in the hopes of being carted off by State Police troopers, joining the ranks of those who have been arrested in the growing civil disobedience campaign against mountaintop removal.
Then, there were the miners and their families. They revved up motorcycle engines, honked air horns and did one heck of a lot of yelling, all trying to drown out the protesters. Then, of course, they massed together, blocking the entrance to the mine site, thwarting any hopes the other side had of trespassing on Massey property.
And oh yeah, Daryl Hannah was there — and she smiled and waved as she got hauled off in a nice, blue-and-gold trooper cruiser. There was also some guy named James Hansen, who happens to be one of the world’s top climate scientists. He got arrested, too.
Continue reading Thirty Arrested at WV ‘Mountaintop Removal’ Protest
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2009
Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246
or Tim Carpenter, 413-320-2015
Nurses, Progressive Dems Seek Stepped Up
Action for Real, “Robust” Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON – June 24 – With action heating up in Washington for enactment of comprehensive healthcare reform, the nation’s largest RN union and professional association joined with progressive Democratic Party activists today in calling for the most “robust” reform of all to repair the nation’s healthcare crisis, by enacting a single-payer system in the form of an expanded and updated Medicare for all.
In a joint statement, the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association and Progressive Democrats of America announced they are stepping up calls and other lobbying efforts to urge Congressional leaders to include discussion of the single-payer option in upcoming deliberations on the healthcare reform legislation now advancing in Congress.
Continue reading Single-Payer, Medicare for All, is Best Solution to Crisis
|Government Support for Financial Assets and Liabilities Announced in 2008 and Soon Thereafter ($ in billions)|
|Important note: Amounts are gross loans, asset and liability guarantees and asset purchases, do not represent net cost to taxpayers, do not reflect contributions of private capital expected to accompany some programs, and are announced maximum program limits so that actual support may fall well short of these levels|
|Year-end 2007||Year-end 2008||Subsequent or Announced Capacity If Different|
|Funding GSE conservatorships2||$0||$200||$400|
|Guarantee money funds3||$0||$3,200|
|Federal Reserve Programs|
|Term Auction Facility (TAF)4||$40||$450||$900|
|Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF)6||$0||$334||$1,800|
|Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF)5||$0||$37|
|Single Tranche Repurchase Agreements7||$0||$80|
|Agency direct obligation purchase program8||$0||$15||$200|
|Agency MBS program8||$0||$0||$1,250|
|Asset-backed Commercial Paper Money Market Mutual Fund|
|Liquidity Facility (AMLF)9||$0||$24|
|Maiden Lane LLC (Bear Stearns)9||$0||$27|
|AIG (direct credit)10||$0||$39||$60|
|Maiden Lane II (AIG)5||$0||$20|
|Maiden Lane III (AIG)5||$0||$27|
|Reciprocal currency swaps11||$14||$554|
|Term securities lending facility (TSLF) and TSLF options program(TOP)12||$0||$173||$250|
|Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF)13||$0||$0||$1,000|
|Money Market Investor Funding Facility (MMIFF)14||$0||$0||$600|
|Treasury Purchase Program (TPP)15||$0||$0||$300|
|Insured non-interest bearing transactions accounts16||$0||$684|
|Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP)17||$0||$224||$940|
|Citi asset guarantee18||$0||$306|
|Bank of America asset guarantee19||$0||$0||$118|
|Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP)20||$0||$0||$500|
|Estimated Reductions to Correct for Double Counting|
|TARP allocation to Citi and Bank of America asset guarantee21||– $13|
|TARP allocation to TALF21||– $80|
|TARP allocation to PPIP21||– $75|
|Total Gross Support Extended During 2008||$6,788|
|Maximum capacity of support programs announced through first quarter 200922||$13,903|