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Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

  Virginia has joined a list of states that will give in-state tuition access to immigrant youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, the state’s Attorney General announced Tuesday.  The policy change makes earning a college degree more affordable and affects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children […]

U.S. Judge Overturns Virginia’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Judge Overturns Virginia’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia has become the first state in the South to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned, with a late-night federal court ruling that declared the voter-approved amendment unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Thursday issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in […]

Concerns Grow That Justice Dept. Under Jeff Sessions Is a Step Back

Concerns Grow That Justice Dept. Under Jeff Sessions Is a Step Back

WASHINGTON (AP) — For three decades, America got tough on crime. Police used aggressive tactics and arrest rates soared. Small-time drug cases clogged the courts. Vigorous gun prosecutions sent young men away from their communities and to faraway prisons for long terms. But as crime rates dropped since 2000, enforcement policies changed. Even conservative lawmakers […]

In-State Tuition for Immigrants in Tenn. Attracts Republican Support

In-State Tuition for Immigrants in Tenn. Attracts Republican Support

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A push to offer in-state college tuition rates to students whose parents brought them into the country illegally is picking up unlikely momentum from some Republicans in Tennessee, a deeply conservative state that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump and his tough stance on immigration. If they succeed, Tennessee lawmakers would […]

Daniel Naranjo – A Farmworker Who Knows Organizing Brings Change

Daniel Naranjo – A Farmworker Who Knows Organizing Brings Change

Hero’s name: Daniel Naranjo Home city: Fellsmere, Florida Organization affiliation: Farmworker Association of Florida How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “Daniel Naranjo was born in Mexicali, Baja California. At age 2, his family moved to Michoacán. He studied until the 6th grade, while working in the […]

Millions of People to Keep Health Care, as Obamacare Repeal Stalls

Millions of People to Keep Health Care, as Obamacare Repeal Stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor on March 24 after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation on the […]

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