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Reminder: Deadline to Enroll for Health Care is March 31

Reminder: Deadline to Enroll for Health Care is March 31

With the 2014 open enrollment deadline of March 31 fast approaching, community groups across the country are making a final push to boost health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Outreach workers for community and health groups are making a concerted effort to reach people in underserved neighborhoods. “We’re trying to make sure as many […]

For ‘New Americans,’ Elected Office is Way to Give Back

For ‘New Americans,’ Elected Office is Way to Give Back

How do you run a successful race for public office as an immigrant? Tell your story – your immigrant story – says the New American Leaders Project (NALP), which offers civic leadership training for immigrants and those who want to participate in public life around the country. Nearly one in five Americans is an immigrant or a child of […]

How Would YOU Spend a Million in Public Money?

How Would YOU Spend a Million in Public Money?

What if you had $1 million in public money? How would you use it to make your community a better place? Participatory Budgeting Click to Enlarge Click for a PDF Thousands of Chicago residents are getting the opportunity to make those decisions, allocating city dollars to projects in their own neighborhoods through “participatory budgeting.” Although […]

Immigration Reform Groups Vow ‘Electoral Punishment’

Immigration Reform Groups Vow ‘Electoral Punishment’

Immigrant rights groups announced a new strategy on Tuesday: “electoral punishment” of any lawmaker who gets in the way of immigration reform. “Persuasion only got us so far,” Kica Matos, a spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), said in a statement. “From now on, any lawmaker who does not support comprehensive immigration reform […]

Minimum Wage Increase for All in San Jose, Calif.? Not yet.

Minimum Wage Increase for All in San Jose, Calif.? Not yet.

Nearly a year after San Jose boosted its minimum wage by 25 percent, some workers still haven’t seen that increase reflected in their paychecks. And LSG Sky Chefs, a major airline catering company that operates in this Silicon Valley city, says it’s going to stay that way. Shrugging off worker complaints and repeated city enforcement […]

2013 in Review: Congress Bickers, People Take Action

2013 in Review: Congress Bickers, People Take Action

Legislative gridlock surfaced so often in Congress in 2013 that historians will have ample room to chronicle a “do-nothing” Congress. Lawmakers managed to shutdown parts of the U.S. government for 16 days. They averted a near default by the government and held so many philosophical disagreements about policy and priorities that many people outside Washington, […]

Unlikely Allies: Immigration, LGBT Groups Seek Equality

Unlikely Allies: Immigration, LGBT Groups Seek Equality

Earlier this year, 11 community groups in Illinois received word from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) that their funding was in jeopardy. A Chicago-based immigration coalition to which the groups belonged had endorsed a gay marriage bill in the state Legislature that spring. If the groups didn’t renounce membership in the coalition, CCHD […]