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Advocates: DOJ Is ‘Changing Course’ on Civil Rights in Education

Advocates: DOJ Is ‘Changing Course’ on Civil Rights in Education

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups accused the Trump administration Aug. 2 of “changing course on a key civil rights issue” after reports that it was launching a special project to investigate whether college and university admissions programs discriminate against students based on race. The New York Times reported Aug. 1 that a recent internal […]

Immigrants Celebrate Legislative Victories in Florida

Immigrants Celebrate Legislative Victories in Florida

Grassroots advocates claimed several victories in Florida on May 9 as the legislative session ended, saying that nine bills they view as anti-immigrant were derailed, including legislation that would punish sanctuary cities. One of the most contentious bills of the nine would have forced sanctuary cities, which generally do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, […]

San Francisco Nonprofit Is Raising $100M to Fight Homelessness

San Francisco Nonprofit Is Raising $100M to Fight Homelessness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco-based nonprofit has pledged to raise $100 million to reduce chronic homelessness in a city widely known for sidewalk tent encampments amid multi-million dollar homes. Tipping Point Community said the money will come from private donations and go toward affordable housing and homeless services provided by other nonprofit groups […]

Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Workers gained new protections in Silicon Valley on March 21 when the Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously to allow food and building service workers to keep their jobs for an extended period after a company changes how it handles their work. Under the new ordinance, larger companies will retain janitors, food service workers, security guards […]

Immigrant Communities Win in N.M. as Court Protects Rights in Jail

Immigrant Communities Win in N.M. as Court Protects Rights in Jail

Amid a federal crackdown on immigration, a U.S. court has strengthened the rights of immigrants in Northwest New Mexico, ruling that they can’t be kept at a county jail simply because federal immigration agents want to investigate their status. A settlement plan released during the week of March 13 would protect the rights of inmates […]

Justice Dept. to Supreme Court: Rehear Immigration Reform

Justice Dept. to Supreme Court: Rehear Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the Supreme Court should seek to break its recent tie over plans to protect million of immigrants, when a ninth justice is on the bench. The Justice Department request filed Monday argues that the court should not let the 4-4 tie in late June that effectively killed the […]

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte will launch a racial and social justice festival in October with the inaugural event featuring appearances and performances from actors Chris Rock and Jesse Williams and musicians John Legend and Common. Belafonte announced Thursday that Sankofa.org, his social justice organization, will put on the “Many Rivers to Cross” music and arts […]

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police officers disproportionately stop and search African-Americans and Latinos and the department lacks robust oversight and transparency, according to report by a panel of retired judges released Monday.  The three-judge panel was put together by District Attorney George Gascon after a series of racists and homophobic text messages exchanged […]

Dated Terms for People of Color to Be Modernized in U.S. Laws

Dated Terms for People of Color to Be Modernized in U.S. Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.  President Barack Obama signed a bill, H.R. 4238, striking several terms, including “Negro” and “Oriental” on May 20, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with “African American” and “Asian American.” The bill removing the […]

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

Los Angeles is working to replace food deserts with food oases, especially after hearing from residents and grassroots advocates. In cities across America, many low-income neighborhoods are also food deserts, areas that lack well-stocked and large grocery stores where people can find healthy food, and use food stamps, officially known as SNAP benefits, to purchase […]

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