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Six Selected for Equal Voice Fellowship and Scholarship

Six Selected for Equal Voice Fellowship and Scholarship

Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, has announced the recipients of the 2015 Equal Voice Fellowship and Scholarship. Sixty journalists nationwide competed this year for six journalism grants to support at least one or a series of investigative and exploratory reporting projects on critical poverty issues in underserved communities. These include projects on [...]
Will Lexington Be the Next to Raise the Minimum Wage?  As more local governments consider raising the minimum wage, supporters and opponents in Lexington-Fayette County in Kentucky and throughout the country will be paying particular attention to a discussion that starts on Thursday.  That is when the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council will start a formal conversation, as an entire body, about whether to [...]
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Wells Fargo Invests $600K in Affordable Housing in Texas  Working families in the Rio Grande Valley and the El Paso area of Texas now have access to more low-interest home loans, thanks to a $600,000 investment from Wells Fargo, a housing group and the bank announced on July 30.  Wells Fargo’s investment, which is a 10-year, low-interest loan, will be paired with an [...]
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Right to Vote Restored for Thousands of People in Calif.  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections.  Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which [...]
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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 [...]
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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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