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DREAMers in Ariz. Win Right to Driver’s Licenses

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, [...]
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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Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection From Coal Mining  The Obama administration can take more active steps to safeguard the environment in Central Appalachia from the effects of surface coal mining, especially given a 2009 document in which federal agencies agreed to do so, a coalition of groups said recently.  The Alliance for Appalachia – which includes grassroots advocates Statewide Organizing for Community [...]
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Chicago Groups and Police Receive Honors for Cooperation  As protesters continue to clash with police over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two grassroots organizations in Chicago were honored on Dec. 11 for working closely with the city’s law enforcement officials to reduce youth violence and improve neighborhood relations.  Enlace Chicago, the North Lawndale Employment Network and the Chicago Police [...]
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Wages Fail to Keep Pace With Living Costs in Wash. State  How much money do you need to earn to make ends meet without relying on public assistance? A new study shows that in the state of Washington, the cost of basic needs is rising faster than wages, increasing pressure on low-income families.  The cost of basic needs increased 10 percent on average for four-person [...]
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Affordable Housing Protections Take Effect in Chicago  Owners of single-room occupancy buildings in Chicago who want to convert their structures to market-rate housing must now take extra steps designed to protect tenants from getting pushed out to make room for wealthier people.  A new city housing ordinance started this month and requires that owners of so-called “SRO” buildings – which stand [...]
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