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Traffic Stops of Latinos in Fresno Area Unequal, Groups Say  Latino drivers in Fresno County, California, have a greater likelihood of being targeted for traffic stops by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and of having their cars impounded, according to a recent report  from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the ACLU of California.  The report was initiated after community members from Caruthers, California [...]
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It’s Time to Have a Deeper Talk About RaceDeep questions and frustrations relating to the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teenager, continued Monday, as residents in Ferguson, Missouri and the country expressed outrage at the firing of at least six bullets from a police department gun that ended his short life. Community and civil rights leaders joined residents in speaking out [...]
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Groups Work to End Racial Profiling in San Diego  Attorneys in San Diego – including the bar associations for African Americans and Latinos – are working with the city’s new police chief to reduce racial profiling in the Southern California city.  On Aug. 14, they and San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman released public service announcements, which include videos in English and Spanish, [...]
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Calif. Schools Must Teach English Learners, Judge Rules  The state of California must give meaningful access to tens of thousands of underserved English learners in school districts as the law requires, civil rights groups and attorneys said Tuesday, citing a judge’s ruling.  On Aug. 12, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant responded to a lawsuit from families charging that the [...]
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Wage Increase Veto to be Challenged in San Diego  One question: If the San Diego City Council overrides the Friday veto of raising the hourly wage to $11.50, will the issue show up on a future ballot for direct approval or rejection by voters?  For now, all eyes in “America’s Finest City” will be on the next 30 days when the City Council [...]
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This video is from the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
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LGBTQ Immigration Activists Win Support on Equality  A sit-in outside a Congressional office Wednesday by LGBTQ activists helped prompt lawmakers to write to President Barack Obama about the needs of undocumented lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender individuals and queers in the country, activists said.  The act of civil disobedience sought to raise the visibility of administrative immigration relief for all people. It [...]
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Report Shows Reality of Asian Pacific Islanders in California  Some people might view Asian Pacific Islanders in Southern California as a monolithic group.  But there are nuances that the public and policymakers need to consider with this fast-growing group of citizens, permanent residents and immigrants, according to a recent report from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County. Among the group’s findings: Asian [...]
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Chicago Coalition Registers Voters, Boosts Democracy  A dozen grassroots groups in Chicago have given civic participation added energy by registering more than 11,100 voters in just one month, the organizations announced on Friday. The registration effort is part of a nonpartisan engagement program that seeks to bring more voices into the democratic process, Grassroots Collaborative, the umbrella group, said in [...]
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