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Experiments with truth: 10/15/09

Thousands of people descended on Capitol Hill Tuesday to rally for immigration reform. The protest coincided with the unveiling of a new immigration reform bill from Democratic Congress member and Immigration Task Force Chair Luis Gutierrez. Rallies were also held in at least twenty other cities Tuesday as part of a national day of action.

Thousands of people descended on Capitol Hill Tuesday to rally for immigration reform. The protest coincided with the unveiling of a new immigration reform bill from Democratic Congress member and Immigration Task Force Chair Luis Gutierrez. Rallies were also held in at least twenty other cities Tuesday as part of a national day of action.

  • As the congressional debate continues, single-payer advocates are planning a national day of action today. The group Mobilization for Health Care for All says more than 700 people have signed up to risk arrest by holding sit-ins in front of insurance company offices nationwide. So far this month, over thirty people have been arrested at similar actions in cities including New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.
  • Labor unions are calling for an island-wide strike and a march near the capital today to protest government layoffs in Puerto Rico, where more than 20,000 public employees have been dismissed as the island struggles to pull out of a three-year recession.
  • In India, around 200 farmers from 20 villages around Halvad continued with their indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday to protest the ban on water for irrigation from Narmada dam.
  • Dock workers at the main Greek port of Piraeus, who walked off the job on October 1, on Tuesday extended a strike against the concession of container facilities to Chinese transport operator Cosco which has caused a massive goods holdup.