Quantcast
Home » Archives » Raw Road Trip

Local Virginia organizers team up with Occupy, unions for the public’s divided attention

“People are overwhelmed with all the economic hardship, most of which has been caused by the bad decisions of the people in power,” said Teresa Stanley, the South Hampton Roads Organizer with Virginia Organizing. “And politicians are focusing on issues that are not where the people are.” Stanley, a long-time…

Students lead living wage protest at University of Virginia amid climate of intimidation

“Supervisors [of contract employees] reportedly told people, ‘If you go organize or go to a meeting, you’ll be fired,’” said Susan Fraiman, a professor at the University of Virginia and a long-time activist for living wages for staff and contract workers on campus. In a right-to-work state like Virginia, that…

Virginia woman: The GOP’s War on Women makes me feel ‘unwelcome in my hometown’

Nell Boeschenstein is angry. “I take birth control to minimize my risk of ovarian cancer,” she said. “To have that be potentially denied coverage makes my blood boil in ways I can’t articulate.” Boeschenstein once wrote, “I’ve never sprained an ankle. The only bone I’ve ever broken is the forefinger…

A West Virginia Republican sees political, economic challenges ahead

Karen Caltrider retired recently as the partner in an accounting firm in Parkersburg, West Virginia, giving her enough time to reflect on politics at her local Cracker Barrel — “the closest restaurant to my house,” she said, a reflection of an unspoken economic reality that repeats itself throughout much of…

Anti-abortion forces in Ohio see no middle ground for compromise

Every day during Lent, at least one member or follower of the Greater Columbus Right To Life can be seen praying outside of Complete Healthcare for Women — one of 4 clinics in the area that offers abortion services — from sunrise until sunset as part of the annual 40…

Ohioans face down fracking — and a lack of environmental oversight

“Industry likes to say, ‘We’ve been doing this for years, it’s not new technology, trust us, we know what we’re doing,’” said Brad Kelley, a professor in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Virginia Tech. “But that doesn’t mean the regulation or the oversight is really there.” Most everyone…

Ohio remains on the front lines of America’s intractable abortion debate

“Last summer, people would call the clinic and ask, ‘Is abortion still legal?’” Toni Thayer, the Director of Development and Communications for Preterm, an abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The calls came after Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) signed into law a ban on late-term abortions if the fetus is declared…

The right’s ‘union thugs’ in Pennsylvania, Ohio press for fair wages and working conditions

“I was a nursing assistant for 30 odd years before I got my last job that required I be in a union,” Georgeanne Koelher (pictured) told Raw Story in Pittsburgh. “But it was the biggest perk that could’ve come with that job.” Koehler, formerly a lifelong Republican, became a member…

Returning veterans in Scranton find they have no jobs, the wrong skills and new challenges

“This area is difficult,” said Mark Volk, the president-select and current executive vice president of Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA, “because there is not a lot of industry, there is not a lot of turnover in positions and there is not a lot of higher-paid positions for young people. But…

Upstate New York same sex couples: DOMA is next!

Although the celebrations when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed marriage equality into law were more voluble in New York City, the end of the political struggle for same sex couples to gain the right to marry had at least as big an impact on those couples — and…

Page 1 of 212
Google+