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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 […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

Youth Program at Long Beach YMCA Is Lauded in New Report

Youth Program at Long Beach YMCA Is Lauded in New Report

A new publication highlights the success of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach’s Youth Institute, which gives young people structure and guidance in pursuing multimedia technology and producing short videos that reflect their lives.  The report from “Afterschool Matters” was released in March and includes feedback from participants about what they learned at the institute, […]

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

Congress has gained a new voice representing tens of millions of Americans following the formation of the first ever Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, which will work to ensure they are part of policy debates and decisions. Today, Congress has more than 400 official caucuses, everything from the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus to the […]

S.F. Bay Area City to Consider ‘Fair Workweek’ Policy

S.F. Bay Area City to Consider ‘Fair Workweek’ Policy

The San Francisco Bay Area city of Emeryville will address income inequality by studying an idea for hourly workers to have more stability and predictability at their jobs, according to the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE).  If the City Council approves a “fair workweek” policy, it would mark another milestone for the […]

Texas Inmates Win Phone Privacy Victory, Legal Groups Say

Texas Inmates Win Phone Privacy Victory, Legal Groups Say

Jail inmates in Travis County, Texas have secured phone privacy rights with their attorneys in what advocates say is a first-of-its-kind legal settlement in the country, the Texas Civil Rights Project and other legal organizations reported on March 15.  The recent settlement requires officials and Securus Technologies, a vendor, to not record phone conversations involving […]

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