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Good Wages, Local Jobs to Be Part of San Diego Project

Good Wages, Local Jobs to Be Part of San Diego Project

  To passersby, the scene earlier this month in San Diego might have appeared as a run-of-the-mill groundbreaking ceremony held by developers. But, in a sense, behind the row of people standing with shovels on April 17 at this site was San Diego’s first community benefits agreement, which grassroots advocates point out will bring living [...]
Tenn. ‘Tuition Equity’ Bill Fails by 1 Vote  An estimated 25,0000 immigrant students who want to pay in-state tuition to attend public college in Tennessee will be forced to wait at least until 2016, following a legislative defeat on April 22 in which a bill failed to pass by one vote. Under the state constitution, supporters need 50 votes in the House [...]
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Tenant Rights in S.F. Are Crucial to Know, Activists Say  San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis has reached epic proportions. Forbes magazine recently ranked it the worst city in America for renters. It’s not easy to find an affordable home to rent in San Francisco, and it’s ever more difficult to stay in one.  There were 2,120 notices of evictions filed with the San Francisco [...]
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Defeat of Tax Relief for Families Criticized by Ark. Group  Arkansas state lawmakers defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have provided tax relief to low-income families, prompting a sharp response from grassroots advocates who say the move “amounts to a war on working people trying to get ahead.”  The Arkansas Citizens First Congress, a coalition of 54 community organizations that supports progressive reforms, [...]
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Consumers Encouraged to Give Feedback on Credit Cards  Aggressive debt collection, confusing or changing terms and bogus “introductory offers” are all ways consumers have been bamboozled by credit card companies. If you’ve had issues with credit card companies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to hear about your experiences. The CFPB, a regulatory agency born amid Wall Street reforms, is seeking [...]
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Majority of Immigrants Work and Pay Taxes, Survey Finds  A majority of 800 immigrants likely to apply for administrative relief under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program are employed and pay taxes, according to a survey conducted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). CHIRLA, an immigrant rights organization, surveyed the people late last year at [...]
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LGBT Workers in Fla. Need Civil Rights Law, Report Says  Members of Florida’s LGBT community continue to face employment discrimination, leaving about 328,000 workers vulnerable without civil rights safeguards from a state law, according to a new report from the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute. Researchers at the the UCLA research institute released their report on March 11. While 31 counties and cities [...]
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Protect Education in Arkansas, Residents Tell Lawmakers  Arkansas residents took time on Tuesday to engage in direct democracy with state leaders on a topic that is universally seen as a pillar to community strength – quality education for kids of all ages and backgrounds. Their overall message was straightforward to the elected officials who write legislation: Support public schools, help kids [...]
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Birmingham to Be Part of Program to Reduce Racial Bias  WASHINGTON (AP) — Six cities will participate in a federal pilot program aimed at reducing racial bias and improving ties between law enforcement and communities, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.  The cities are Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis; and Pittsburgh. The announcement of their selection came six months [...]
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Student Loan Collection Agencies Broke Rules, U.S. Says  If you’ve ever screened your calls to avoid a collector inquiring about your student loan, you’re not alone. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) estimates that more than 7 million Americans are in default on their student loans.  Late last month, the federal government gave the boot to a few rule-breaking collections agencies. The [...]
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