Speech by Aidan Delgado,
U.S. Army reservist and Iraq war veteran,
produced by Scott Harris
As George W. Bush took the oath of office for another four years in the White House, more than 10,000 protesters took to the streets of the nation's capital on inauguration day, Jan. 20. Mingling with the president's supporters -- many who were clad in mink coats -- demonstrators carried signs and voiced their opposition to a long list of Bush administration policies, including the war in Iraq, attacks on civil liberties and the rolling back of environmental protections and reproductive rights.
Early in the day, thousands of Bush opponents gathered for several rallies and marches in locations around Washington, with many later attempting to walk through security checkpoints to stand along the inaugural parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue. One group, International ANSWER was successful in obtaining a permit to have their own protest bleachers along the route.
Aidan Delgado is a U.S. Army reservist who recently returned from combat duty in the Iraq War. Delgado, who has been granted conscientious objector status, spoke to thousands of Bush opponents at Malcolm X Park, where hundreds of symbolic flag draped coffins were on display, before being carried off in a march toward the White House.
For more information on the local and national groups which organized anti-Bush events at the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, visit the website www.counter-inaugural.org.
on Progressives to Resist
Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Report on pro-choice rally,
at counter-inauguration in Washington, D.C.,
produced by Melinda Tuhus
Just days after the Dupont Circle rally, tens of thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington to call for the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision and received a supportive call from President Bush. For more information on defending a woman's right to choose, contact National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) at (202) 973-3000. Or visit their website at www.naral.org
Social Security Based
on Phony Crisis
Interview with economist John Miller,
conducted by Scott Harris
But most economists agree that the administration's forecast of catastrophic failure for Social Security are deliberately misleading. If nothing is done to change the current system, Social Security, by varying estimates, will be solvent until 2042 or 2052. Even if nothing else was done to shore up the system and the surplus were to be exhausted, Social Security would still be able to pay retirees 70% of promised benefits. Critics of the Bush plan point out that privatizing the current system will force the government to borrow at least $2 trillion and place retirees benefits into an uncertain stock market where brokerage fees will eat into any gains made from investments.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Miller professor of economics at Wheaton College and a member of the Dollars and Sense collective. Professor Miller takes a critical look at the Bush administration campaign to privatize Social Security and the experience of other nations that have undertaken similar conversions.
Read more about Social Security in the pages of Dollars and Sense magazine or online at www.dollarsandsense.org
- Contact United for A Fair Economy at (617) 423-2148 or www.faireconomy.org
- Contact the Economic Policy Institute at (202) 775-8810 or www.epinet.org
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
- Human rights monitors say detention of Iraqi women who are wives, sisters and girlfriends of suspected insurgents, violates Geneva Conventions. ("Unusual Suspects," American Prospect, February 2005)
- Federal whisteblower has accused U.S. National Institutes of Health of ignoring flaws in an AIDS drug study in Uganda, concerning nevirapine, a drug given to African women and babies to prevent HIV-transmission. ("Whistleblower Says U.S. Bungled AIDS Study," Associated Press, Jan. 4, 2005)
- Women's advocates in Juarez, Mexico remain skeptical about the recent convictions of 10 men charged with killing a dozen women. ("Activists unhappy with Mexico convictions," Associated Press, Jan. 8, 2005)
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