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With Ferguson, the Nation Searches for Racial Healing

With Ferguson, the Nation Searches for Racial Healing

If there is one observation from the Nov. 24 decision by the St. Louis grand jury to not charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August fatal shooting of Michael Brown, it is that there is certainly more to come in this case. More questions. More emotion. More outrage. Since Monday, the nation has [...]
How You Can Help in FergusonThe television images and photographs about turmoil in Ferguson following the St. Louis grand jury’s decision on Monday to not chargePolice Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown might prompt people to think that this issue is far removed from them. It is not, as users of social media quickly discovered on [...]
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Transcripts Reveal an Escalated Face Off in FergusonA St. Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses — many of whom gave conflicting statements — before deciding not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to prosecutor Bob [...]
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Little Tokyo Restaurant Workers Battle ‘Wage Theft’  There was disagreement and tension when workers from Izakaya Fu-ga Restaurant in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles raised concerns about not being paid and the hours they worked.  In the end, after nearly nine months of raising their voices for better labor rights, 13 restaurant workers walked away victorious, receiving an undisclosed [...]
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Gay Marriage Bans in Ark. and Miss. OverturnedLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals. Like several states, Arkansas and Mississippi had voter-approved constitutional amendments pass [...]
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Charges are Rare in Police Shootings, Analysts SayWASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury’s decision to spare Police Officer Darren Wilson from criminal charges is the latest in a long line of police shooting investigations that show the latitude afforded law enforcement in using deadly force. The question for the panel that decided the case was never whether Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old [...]
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Chicago Activists File Petitions for an Elected School Board  Grassroots activists in Chicago are pressing for an advisory vote on the February 2015 ballot that would allow voters to show whether they want the city’s school board to be elected. Organizers collected more than 50,000 signatures, which were filed Monday with the Board of Elections. Chicago, the third-largest school district in America, is [...]
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A Nation Splinters, Again, Following Ferguson NewsFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury declined Monday to indict White police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, Black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police. Moments after the announcement by St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, crowds [...]
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Speech Reaction: Immigrants Celebrate the MomentPresident Barack Obama’s Thursday evening speech about executive actions on immigration included deportation relief for nearly 5 million people. For many immigrant families and grassroots advocates, that was a solid step to full progress. But the president’s nationally-televised address accomplished something else: It catapulted immigration back into the national spotlight. Election 2014 is over and the [...]
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Dim Sum Restaurant Workers Win $4 Million SettlementIn the world of immigrant workers, grassroots organizations, lawyers, labor officials, and in this case, the owners of an award-winning dim sum restaurant in San Francisco, there is proof that diverse groups can voluntarily reach an agreement involving money. In this case, it’s a $4 million settlement that covers wage issues and benefits – and [...]
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