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Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted opening day at a new sports complex in South Texas this month to detain two spectators, a woman and child, leading families and advocates to demand a meeting with local immigration officials. In La Joya, Texas, community groups want changes after Border Patrol agents aggressively questioned the woman and child […]

Election 2016: How Long Lines Are Overlooked Barriers to Voting

Election 2016: How Long Lines Are Overlooked Barriers to Voting

The battle over access to democracy sometimes boils down to standing in line, especially for people of color. Four years ago, Black voters waited, on average, nearly twice as long as White voters to cast their ballots – 12 minutes compared to 23 minutes, the Washington, D.C.-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reports in its […]

A Fair Economy Starts with Fairer Choices by Policymakers

A Fair Economy Starts with Fairer Choices by Policymakers

Families have heard for decades that their economic fortunes are determined by powerful market forces beyond their control, such as globalization and trickle-down economics. These forces, they are told, help explain why their wages are stagnant, their jobs headed overseas, and their skills outdated. According to the Roosevelt Institute, it’s not that simple. Family fortunes […]

Don’t Believe the Hype: Poverty Drop Signals Need for Real Progress

Don’t Believe the Hype: Poverty Drop Signals Need for Real Progress

The nation’s poverty rate dropped below 14 percent last year, a modest decline to 13.5 percent from 14.8 percent in 2014 that signaled the need for new ideas and structural changes to reducing poverty rather than any major breakthrough. This year the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report, released Tuesday, was full of good news, at […]

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Donald Trump outlined his ideas for a new approach to immigration Wednesday with rhetoric steeped in fear – of criminals, illegal drugs, job loss and threats to national security – that also stoked fear among immigrant families across the country. But, he energized those same families and their communities in ways that could ultimately be seen […]

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Workers won what they are calling a “monumental change” Aug. 12, when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law that will ensure an estimated 35,000 domestic workers are paid the prevailing minimum wage, earn time off and gain other basic workplace rights. The victory caps a five-year grassroots campaign to gain protections for house […]

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