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Justice Dept. to Supreme Court: Rehear Immigration Reform

Justice Dept. to Supreme Court: Rehear Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the Supreme Court should seek to break its recent tie over plans to protect million of immigrants, when a ninth justice is on the bench. The Justice Department request filed Monday argues that the court should not let the 4-4 tie in late June that effectively killed the […]

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte will launch a racial and social justice festival in October with the inaugural event featuring appearances and performances from actors Chris Rock and Jesse Williams and musicians John Legend and Common. Belafonte announced Thursday that Sankofa.org, his social justice organization, will put on the “Many Rivers to Cross” music and arts […]

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police officers disproportionately stop and search African-Americans and Latinos and the department lacks robust oversight and transparency, according to report by a panel of retired judges released Monday.  The three-judge panel was put together by District Attorney George Gascon after a series of racists and homophobic text messages exchanged […]

Dated Terms for People of Color to Be Modernized in U.S. Laws

Dated Terms for People of Color to Be Modernized in U.S. Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.  President Barack Obama signed a bill, H.R. 4238, striking several terms, including “Negro” and “Oriental” on May 20, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with “African American” and “Asian American.” The bill removing the […]

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

Los Angeles is working to replace food deserts with food oases, especially after hearing from residents and grassroots advocates. In cities across America, many low-income neighborhoods are also food deserts, areas that lack well-stocked and large grocery stores where people can find healthy food, and use food stamps, officially known as SNAP benefits, to purchase […]

Residents: Medicaid Access in Alabama Needs to Be Preserved

Residents: Medicaid Access in Alabama Needs to Be Preserved

A shortfall of $85 million to support Medicaid in Alabama next year could leave hundreds of thousands of residents – primarily seniors, people with disabilities and kids – without access to health care, and grassroots advocates are taking steps to make sure state lawmakers are aware of how cuts would affect people.  Advocates with Alabama […]

Calif. Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

Calif. Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

In California, where you live may help determine whether your license is suspended or you land in jail over unpaid traffic tickets.  A new study found a wide disparity between rates of drivers from high-poverty, Black and Latino neighborhoods losing their licenses or getting arrested over traffic fines, fees, or failure to appear in court, […]

San Diego Could Raise Its Minimum Wage Faster Than Calif.

San Diego Could Raise Its Minimum Wage Faster Than Calif.

San Diego voters will consider raising the city’s minimum wage at a faster rate than California in June, only two months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a plan to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2022 for most workers.  On June 7, San Diego voters will decide whether to ratify Proposition […]

NCLR Seeks to Register Latino Voters in Florida

NCLR Seeks to Register Latino Voters in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — The nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization has launched a major voter-registration drive in the battleground state of Florida to identify and sign up hundreds of thousands of potential Hispanic voters.  The Washington-based National Council of La Raza announced its plans Thursday morning at a news conference in Miami. With nearly 5 […]

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