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Rams Players Give $10,000 to Ferguson Christmas Party

Rams Players Give $10,000 to Ferguson Christmas Party

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up, he wants to be hands on this holiday season. The St. Louis Rams tight end and four other players who recently did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Cook and [...]
Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Disbands Immigration SquadPHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office revealed late Wednesday that it was [...]
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Will Immigration Agents Use DMV Data for Enforcement?LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver’s license databases to track down people for deportation.  The National Immigration Law Center sued the Department of Homeland Security demanding documents detailing how federal immigration agents access and use driver’s license data. The lawsuit comes [...]
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DREAMers in Ariz. Win Right to Driver’s Licenses  Thousands of young immigrants in Arizona can now receive driver’s licenses and state identification documents following a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that blocked a request from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. The news set off a round of celebratory statements from immigrants and their supporters, [...]
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In 2014, Grassroots Advocates United and Made ProgressFaced with a lame-duck president and a do-nothing Congress, social justice advocates took a DIY approach to making change in 2014. Congress failed to raise the federal minimum wage, but cities and states, bowing to pressure from workers’ rights groups, enacted their own minimum-wage hikes. And, while waiting for executive action from President Barack Obama [...]
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Cities Launch Effort to Increase Citizenship  Naturalization can increase an immigrant’s income by up to 11 percent, which can boost the economy through more tax dollars and spending, according to a 2014 report by The Center for Popular Democracy, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the National Partnership for New Americans.  Applying for citizenship takes time [...]
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The ‘Punishment Economy’ Must EndDuring the past several weeks, protesters in Ferguson, New York City and across the country have shut down public transit, freeways, malls and many other institutions in response to the state-sanctioned violence that resulted in the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and countless others. Much of the anger has been directed at [...]
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Early Childhood Education Receives $1 Billion BoostWASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring early childhood education “one of the best investments we can make,” President Barack Obama on Dec. 10 followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. Obama said that less than one-third [...]
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Mentoring Fueled Success of Chicago Youth Job ProgramCHICAGO (AP) — A summer jobs program that engaged mentors to help troubled kids stay on track is linked with a big reduction in youth arrests for violent crimes.  The results suggest that a low-cost public program can reap big benefits. But they also support arguments that employment alone cannot resolve poverty-related ills. Study author [...]
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Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection From Coal Mining  The Obama administration can take more active steps to safeguard the environment in Central Appalachia from the effects of surface coal mining, especially given a 2009 document in which federal agencies agreed to do so, a coalition of groups said recently.  The Alliance for Appalachia – which includes grassroots advocates Statewide Organizing for Community [...]
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