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"We had to get more than ten times the number of valid signatures on our petitions as the Democrats and Republicans"

By Doug Mason

Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s vice-presidential nominee, gave a presentation at Webster’s Bookstore & Café this month that clearly linked environmental issues to social and economic justice, peace, women’s rights, civil rights and the labor movement.

Honkala is an internationally recognized anti-poverty advocate who is the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) based in Philadelphia, one of the nation’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and the homeless. Working directly alongside the poor to build a movement to end poverty, she has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.

"We set up Romneyville in Tampa and Obamaville in Charlotte," said Honkala. "At every national convention, both Democratic and Republican, we’ve set up Hooverville –like encampments. They’re for the homeless or suffering people who don’t have access to healthcare and other necessities of life."  Read more here... Read more »

An Interview with Charles Dumas, Democratic Candidate for District 5

by James Hynes

Your opponent, Glenn Thompson has a million dollar war chest and lots of powerful friends in DC. What made you decide to run against him?

No one else was doing it. I would have gladly not jumped into the ring if someone with more experience an gumption had decided to run. I looked around—a lot of people were considering running back in January, but then no one was willing to step to the plate. And I was concerned that Congressman Thompson was going to get away with no one asking him about putting his allegience to his party and his friends above his constituents.

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Because spam attacks have been getting more sophisticated I have activated a new anti-spam service called Mollum

We shall see if it does a better job of blocking these relentless professional spam attacks.

Let us know if you have any unexpected problems with posting, we may have to work out a few bugs at first.

Voter ID REQUIRED - uh oh republicans, looks like your plan to fix the vote failed

Voter ID REQUIRED - uh oh republicans, looks like your plan to fix the vote failed
Pennsylvania Pa Voter ID Law political cartoon by Tom Baker

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Community regroups after difficult year

Over the past year, the community of State College, Pa. and Penn State University has endured a series of dramatic blows to the tight-knit community.

Allegations of child sex abuse committed by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were made public in November 2011, drawing international media attention. The Penn State Board of Trustees swiftly responded by dismissing Penn State President Graham Spanier and coach Joe Paterno, but these moves proved controversial as some students rioted while an active alumni contingent and some of the local community protested the firings. Read more »

Central Pa Catholic priests accused of abuse

Four men have recently accused Huntington County Roman Catholic priest George Koharchik of sexually molesting them when they were minors. Bishop Mark Bartchak relieved Koharchik of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union of his priestly duties. Read more »

Oxen in training: yoked to sustainability

For Brian Burger, owner of New Harmony Farmstead in Coburn, raising and training oxen is just one aspect of his greater commitment to and philosophy of sustainable agriculture. Read more »

Hearing the voices of the voiceless

At the end of this month Penn State will host a conference on childhood sexual abuse. It will highlight the university’s efforts to respond to what is possibly the greatest crisis ever to befall it and the community of proud alumni and supporters. Read more »

A lifeline cut: general assistance axed

On August 1st, 2012, the Department of Public Welfare ended Pennsylvania’s General Assistance (GA) program. That it survived an additional month was a testament to the advocacy work of “PA Cares for All”, a network of over a hundred organizations opposing the program’s elimination. Read more »

NCAA sanctions hold football team back

When the NCAA levied “unprecedented” [and arguably harsh] sanctions on the Penn State Football Program two months ago, no one really knew how harsh those sanctions would be. Those invested in the future of Penn State thought the consequences of the sanctions would not only affect Bill O’Brien’s newly undertaken program, but the other teams umbrellaed by the athletic program and also many off-the-field, non-athletic organizations.

Those fears have not yet been put to rest. Read more »

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