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The ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Takes a Hit in Illinois

The ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Takes a Hit in Illinois

  A pathway for young people in Illinois encountered a legislative defeat on May 20 and students throughout the state, and especially in Chicago, cheered for its demise because the loss opens the door to more supportive educational opportunities. By a 73-41 vote, lawmakers in the Illinois state House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 100 [...]
Immigrants Remember May 19 – an Anniversary of Sorts  As the country’s attention shifts toward the 2016 elections, hundreds of immigrant families and reform advocates gathered in more than 30 U.S. cities on May 19 to focus on the date itself and a national policy that people still describe as “broken.” That date was when President Barack Obama’s executive actions to help undocumented [...]
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Illinois Budget Deficit Needs New Solutions, Advocates Say  Lawmakers in Illinois are working furiously to pass a budget before the month ends and grassroots advocates believe that raising new money is one solution as the state faces a $6.6 billion budget gap for the coming fiscal year.  It’s time, community members say, for state leaders and residents to take this bold step [...]
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Controversial Immigration Program Ends in L.A. County  Los Angeles County ended its participation on May 12 in a controversial federal immigration program that for the past 10 years allowed sheriff deputies and jail staff to screen inmates to determine whether they could be deported by U.S. authorities.  The day also saw another agreement approved by the county that is raising questions [...]
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Arizona DREAMers Win In-State College Tuition for Now  Immigrant youth in Arizona who meet certain educational requirements are on track to pay lower tuition at state public universities, following a May 7 decision by the Board of Regents to follow a judge’s ruling.  The regents are the governing body for the state’s public universities, which include Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona [...]
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Bill That Bans ‘Redskins’ as School Mascot Passes in Calif.  People who oppose the use of the “Redskins” name for a team or as a mascot won a victory on May 4, as the California state Assembly approved a bill that would ban its use in public schools. State lawmakers voted 60-9 to pass Assembly Bill 30, which is known as the California Racial [...]
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A Call to Help Migrant Families Is Raised in Dilley, Texas  Last summer’s arrival along the U.S.-Mexico border of migrants from Central America attracted international attention and highlighted the issues of humanitarianism, physical safety and stability for families. Since then, migrant parents and children have been detained at facilities in the United States, as their asylum cases proceed. Hundreds of people concerned about their treatment [...]
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‘Decarceration’ Is Focus of National Meeting in Florida  Grassroots advocates from communities of color and immigration groups met this week in Florida for a national gathering to examine private prisons, mass incarceration and the “criminalization” of people.  Their overall goal: To build a national coalition to strengthen neighborhoods and keep residents, especially people of color and immigrants, out of the criminal justice [...]
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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 [...]
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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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