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Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water

Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water

  Residents concerned about clean water in Appalachia are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and asking for a response to past petitions arguing that Kentucky and West Virginia have failed to regulate “harmful” pollution caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The legal action was filed on Jan. 7 by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) [...]
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Demand for ‘Sweatshop-Free’ Tomatoes Grows  The brutal mistreatment of workers who pick tomatoes in Mexico was the subject of a recent Los Angeles Times investigation. Suppliers for major U.S. grocery chains, including Walmart and Whole Foods, were among those named in the series.  The revelations come at a time when an increasing number of retailers are responding to consumer [...]
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Advocates Push Anti-Profiling Law for Durham Police  Durham, North Carolina is the first stop in a new campaign to create a safer South for queer people of color. “The Durham Community Safety Act” would ban police profiling and discrimination based on race, immigration status, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a regional LGBTQ organization made up [...]
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Immigration Status Can’t Be Basis for Ill. State Police Stop  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared Monday that it is illegal for the state police to stop, arrest, search or detain a person only because of his or her immigration status, his office said in a statement announcing two executive orders.  The executive order from the outgoing governor about stopping people also mandates that an [...]
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DREAMers in Ariz. Win Right to Driver’s Licenses  Thousands of young immigrants in Arizona can now receive driver’s licenses and state identification documents following a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that blocked a request from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. The news set off a round of celebratory statements from immigrants and their supporters, [...]
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Cities Launch Effort to Increase Citizenship  Naturalization can increase an immigrant’s income by up to 11 percent, which can boost the economy through more tax dollars and spending, according to a 2014 report by The Center for Popular Democracy, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the National Partnership for New Americans.  Applying for citizenship takes time [...]
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