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$25K Scholarships for DREAMers Now Available

$25K Scholarships for DREAMers Now Available

  Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor’s degree, TheDream.US, a national organization with $32 million to help young people, announced on Sept. 4.  The scholarships – to which individuals can apply [...]
‘Chokehold’ Training to Stop for Seattle-Area Deputiesexcerpt
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‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ Hits Wall in U.S. Senate – Again  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in November’s elections.  GOP senators blocked the legislation in April and with the support of [...]
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End Immigration ‘Holds,’ Ga. County Tells Sheriff  It was a local vote but social justice groups in the Atlanta area say it has national importance – and hopefully will help immigrant families stay together.  The Fulton County Board of Commissioners joined the growing number of local governments in calling on law enforcement officials to stop cooperating with federal immigration agencies over [...]
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Voters ‘Misled’ Over San Diego Wage Law, Group Says  Less than a month after a veto to raise San Diego’s hourly wage to $11.50 was defeated, supporters said Tuesday that opponents who want to put the issue on the ballot for a direct referendum vote are not being the most truthful when talking about the issue with people who can cast ballots.  In [...]
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Spanish-English Broadcast Looks at Latinos and Education  A California public radio network is hosting a national discussion on Sept. 17 to discuss the state of Latino education in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the country’s second largest, and the country.  The Spanish-English forum, “Latino Education: Crisis and Response,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific) and be [...]
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Boosting Voter Engagement is Goal for Faith Leaders  Clergy, faith leaders and advocates with PICO National Network have announced a national campaign to engage and turn out 400,000 new or low-propensity voters in the November elections and beyond – so that ignored voices and ones that have been locked out of the voting process can be heard. The effort, “Let My People [...]
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Public Assistance for U.S. Households Remains Steady  The number of households receiving public assistance in 2011 and 2012 stayed flat at 3.3 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. That number accounted for 2.9 percent of all households in the country. The Tuesday release marks the first time that public assistance data from the Census Bureau stretches back to 2000 and [...]
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Multilingual Resources About Tuition Law Aid Youth in Fla.  Undocumented students, their families and college officials in Florida now have access to information in English, Spanish and Kreyol that will help answer questions about the state’s new “Tuition Equity” law.  The law, which went into effect on July 1, sets guidelines as to who qualifies for in-state costs for higher education. Organizers of [...]
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Number of New Voters Doubles in Chicago Outreach Effort  So what’s motivating people to register to vote in Chicago these days and to do so in such large numbers that a community group has doubled its amount of people ready to cast ballots? Well, try raising the minimum wage in the state to $10 per hour and improving the city’s public education. A [...]
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