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Defeat of Tax Relief for Families Criticized by Ark. Group

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, [...]
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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Chicago Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Elected School Board  Chicago, the country’s third-largest school district, is one of just a handful of U.S. cities with an appointed school board. Members of the Chicago Board of Education are appointed by the mayor.  But on Feb. 24, Chicago residents overwhelmingly voted for an elected school board. It was an advisory vote, which included 37 of [...]
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Black Girls Face Higher Suspension Rate Than White GirlsAdults often give kids a simple advice for success: “Stay in school.” But research shows that if you’re Black and female, that’s a lot harder to do.  According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, Black girls are suspended an average of six times more often than White girls, while Black [...]
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Immigrants to Meet Obama at Wednesday Town Hall  So what will President Barack Obama do now that his immigration reform efforts have been put on hold by a federal judge in Texas?  What will he – or can he – say to the millions of immigrant families in the U.S. who contribute to cities and want relief from deportations, as well as [...]
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