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Communities Move the Minimum Wage: Will the Federal Government?

“It’s Time for Ten.” That simple message, easy to grasp and easy to repeat, was a critical detail in a successful grassroots campaign to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in San Jose, Calif. The idea for the campaign grew out of a sociology class at San Jose State University ‒  a volunteer [...]
Financial Aid Access Opens College Doors to Young DreamersThe California Dream Act went into effect on Jan. 1, allowing thousands of immigrant students a chance for the first time to apply for state financial aid to help pay tuition at state colleges and universities. Within hours of going live, the online application system was overwhelmed by applicants and shut down. “It was the [...]
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48 Years Later: Voting Rights March From Selma to MontgomeryIt was 48 years ago, well before Teumbay Barnes was born, that civil rights supporters led by Martin Luther King marched together from Selma, Ala., to the capitol in Montgomery to push for voting rights for African-Americans. Yet, last week, when Barnes stepped out onto the trail to retrace their footsteps, their struggle was as [...]
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When Jobs are Needed, Grassroots Groups Spring to ActionLast summer, just hours after the Oakland City Council approved an agreement to turn the former Army Base into a warehouse and shipping hub, promising thousands of new jobs, the telephone at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy office began ringing. “We were inundated with calls. We were hearing from people who needed [...]
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Will Congress Act to Protect Families and Children from Sequester?Unless sequestration is stopped by an act of Congress, the budget cutting will take effect on Friday, reducing funding to thousands of programs that took years to build, and provide a safety net for millions of poor working families. Under the plan, every dollar approved each year by Congress would be slashed by a uniform [...]
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Child Care Advocates Question Finger Scans for Poor Parents Receiving SubsidiesJanice Slaughter often takes her 19-month-old granddaughter to the Tiny Tots child care center in Jackson, Miss., or picks her up in the afternoon so that her daughter, the baby’s mother, can attend school. Slaughter brought her own children to the same center when they were babies and has known the owner for years. But, [...]
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Family Voices: Speaking Up to Change the National ConversationIt was a moment long ago, but Norman Fong still remembers the look in his mother’s eyes as she read a letter evicting the family from their home. He knew he had to do something. For Sarah Rios, it was the day immigration officers came to her house to deport her husband, who had lived [...]
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For Sheila Tyson of Birmingham, Ala., community activism and speaking up for what’s right runs in the family. “When I was growing up, my mother was a community activist; she stood up for people who couldn’t stand up for themselves. I do it, too. It feels funny if I don’t,” she said. “If there is a need [...]
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Sarah Rios was at work when the phone rang: Immigration officers calling from her house told her to come home and take care of her three small children – they were taking her husband. As an American citizen and a college-educated mom living in the Midwest, Rios says she never imagined she would have to [...]
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Growing up, Norman Fong always saw his mother as a tough, no-nonsense woman, born and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown. So, he has never forgotten the fear in her eyes the day she handed him the letter from the sheriff’s office and asked him to tell her what it meant. “It was an eviction notice. [...]
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