Building a New World Conference: Join Us in Radford, VA

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May 22-25, 2008 Radford University, Radford, Virginia

Speakers include:

Cindy Sheehan (writer and activist; anti-war leader known as the “Peace Mom”)
William Blum (blogger of “The Anti-Empire Report; author of “Rogue State” and “Killing Hope”)
Kathy Kelly (of Voices in the Wilderness & Voices for Creative Non-Violence)
Michael Parenti (educator; lecturer; author of 20 books; board read more

Healthcare or Warfare, Time to Choose

By David Swanson

The greatest purveyor of violence in the world is, by no coincidence, also the wealthiest nation in the world that does not provide its people with health coverage. About one in six Americans has no health coverage at all, and another two or three out of those six lack adequate coverage even though they pay more than enough to receive it and to provide it to those who lack it as well.

Millions of Americans, consequently, lack preventive health care, are deeply in debt for the expenses read more

VIDEOS: 911 Rescue Workers Need Health Care

By David Swanson

Yesterday in the rain in front of the U.S. Capitol hundreds of 911 rescue workers who risked their lives in a toxic mess they were told was safe piled off buses from New York. They held a rally with a handful of Congress Members and asked Congress to get them health care so that they can stop suffering every day while we slaughter people abroad in their names and in the name of those who died that day.

I shot a video and have broken it into six pieces and posted them on Youtube. read more

It Was Never About Children's Health

By David Swanson

Beginning last November and ever since, I have repeated a standard conversation with many Congress Members and staffers. It starts out with me urging them to impeach Bush and Cheney. They then stress all their other priorities that this would supposedly distract from, including often children’s health insurance (SCHIP). I then tell them that any decent bill on any issue will be vetoed. They then get a very clever strategerizing look in their eyes and say something like read more

Edwards Brings Progress to Progressives?

By David Swanson

jsamuel at MyDD has posted a blog promoting John Edwards and disparaging Dennis Kucinich – or at least me. He opens with a bunch of polls and an argument that Edwards is gaining progressives’ backing:

“Is it because he is the most crazy liberal of all the candidates? Of course not. It is because progressives believe that he is the most capable candidate to be successful in implementing their ideals.”

In fact, Edwards has taken many honestly progressive positions, read more

John Edwards' Fortress

By David Swanson

The bulk of John Edwards’ wealth is invested in, his recent income derives from, and his biggest contributors are employed by Fortress Investment Group. Fortress, which paid Edwards almost half a million dollars to advise them, deals in hedge funds and private equity. Its private equity holdings have not been reported on. (Where is journalism when there’s no sex involved?) Its hedge funds invest in, among other things, publicly traded companies. Those are reported read more

John Edwards' Money and His Health Plan

By David Swanson

John Edwards has reported $29.5 million in personal assets to the FEC, of which his aides have told the Wall Street Journal $16.1 million is invested in Fortress Investment Group, a hedge fund that invests in Humana, the health insurance company that comes in for sharp criticism in Michael Moore’s blockbuster movie “Sicko.”

Edwards does not just invest in Fortress. It also invests in him, to the tune of $1.7 million in pay and investment income, including $479,512 read more