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Case of Raised Baton on L.A. Skid Row Draws Questions

Case of Raised Baton on L.A. Skid Row Draws Questions

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — An officer dropped a nightstick during a struggle with a homeless man who was shot to death by police on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and the woman who picked it up now faces an assault charge that could send her to prison for 25 years to life. The March shooting was [...]
Calif. Voting Rights Settlement Calls for Resident Feedback  Feedback from residents in Fullerton, California about voting districts for city elections are part of a settlement stemming from a lawsuit filed by Jonathan Paik, a civil rights organization that represented him announced on July 16.  On July 8, city officials and Paik, a resident, reached an agreement over his contention that Fullerton was [...]
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Santa Fe Restaurant Workers Call for Unpaid Wages  Restaurant workers gathered outside two businesses and waved protest signs in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 17 to press their claims that they are owed a total of more than $150,000 in wages, according to the United Worker Center of New Mexico, which helped organize the events.  The protests involved dozens of workers [...]
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S.F. Shooting Prompts Prayers From Grassroots Groups  Grassroots advocates in San Francisco offered condolences on Tuesday over the death of Kathryn Steinle, whose fatal shooting on July 1 became particularly controversial because authorities say the man responsible is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who had been deported several times and was not in custody. Representatives from faith, civil rights and immigration [...]
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Group: Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Marriage Licenses  County clerks in the Lone Star State cannot invoke religious liberty in declining to issue marriage licenses to eligible same-sex couples, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas told local authorities earlier this month.  On July 1, the legal organization sent letters of concern about the issue to clerks in Fayette and San [...]
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Affordable Housing Near San Diego Gets $9.2M From State  An affordable housing project that will bring more than 200 rental units just south of San Diego received a much-welcomed financial boost on June 30, when the state of California awarded $9.2 million to support the development, an environmental justice organization reported.  One key to this overall effort, supporters say, was feedback from residents [...]
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Arizona Child Advocate: Safety of Kids Needs Full Effort  Arizona lawmakers and officials need to do much more to ensure the safety of kids in the state and must take major steps to address “systemic risks.”  Those two words were used in a blunt wake-up call of an independent report that examined the effectiveness of the Arizona state Department of Child Safety. State [...]
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AB 953, a Bill to Combat Racial Profiling, Advances in Calif.  A closely-watched bill that backers say will reduce racial profiling by police officers and sheriff deputies in California was approved by the state Senate Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, paving the way for a full vote by lawmakers, a Los Angeles civil rights organization said. The California state Assembly approved the legislation, Assembly [...]
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Miami-Dade County Gets Closer to Backing Citizenship  When it comes to helping immigrants and people with permanent residency status take steps toward gaining citizenship, grassroots advocates and families say that every bit of support matters.  On July 2, the Miami-Dade County Commission took a supportive step when it approved a resolution backing the “Cities for Citizenship” initiative, which could make it [...]
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An Alabama Tax Handbook Sheds Light for Residents  Residents in Alabama now have easier access to state tax and budget information, including how public dollars are raised and where money is spent, thanks to an updated, user-friendly handbook from Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), a nonpartisan organization that works on ending poverty.  The 55-page document, “The Alabama Tax & Budget Handbook,” is [...]
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