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S.F. Homeless Advocates Hold Super Bowl Protest

S.F. Homeless Advocates Hold Super Bowl Protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of people protested Wednesday over what they say is the mayor of San Francisco’s plan to push homeless residents out of the scenic bay-front Embarcadero, where Super Bowl festivities are being held. Protesters were trying to set up tents next to Super Bowl City, pro football’s weeklong theme park near the famed […]

HB 675, Covering Immigration in Fla., Passes in State House

HB 675, Covering Immigration in Fla., Passes in State House

A controversial bill in Florida requiring local police and governments to enforce federal immigration law passed the state House of Representatives on Feb. 3, prompting criticism from grassroots advocates who say it will create racial profiling. Lawmakers approved House Bill 675 by a vote of 80 to 38, according to the Florida Immigrant Coalition, which […]

Advocates: Revoked Voting Rights in Ky. Hurt Democracy

Advocates: Revoked Voting Rights in Ky. Hurt Democracy

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order to rescind voting rights for about 150,000 nonviolent former felons was announced just three days before Christmas 2015.  By Dec. 23, grassroots advocates with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth had alerted the public that former Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision on Nov. 24 to restore those rights – which supporters called […]

‘Driving Cards’ for Immigrants in N.M. Come Under Fire

‘Driving Cards’ for Immigrants in N.M. Come Under Fire

The New Mexico state House passed legislation on Jan. 27 that would require undocumented immigrants to apply for one-year driving cards, instead of drivers’ licenses, a move that critics charge as discriminatory.  In New Mexico, undocumented immigrants can apply for a state driver’s license. Under the legislation, however, more than 90,000 immigrants instead would have […]

Groups: ‘Harmful’ Effects of Tenn. Coal Mines to Be Reviewed

Groups: ‘Harmful’ Effects of Tenn. Coal Mines to Be Reviewed

A coalition of environmental and community groups won an agreement this month to help protect two species of fish from mining pollution in the streams of Tennessee.  On Jan. 19, a federal judge approved a settlement that calls on the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with […]

San Diego Groups: Money for Clean Air and Transit Are Needed

San Diego Groups: Money for Clean Air and Transit Are Needed

A coalition of San Diego community organizations interested in fighting climate change sent a message on Monday to the regional association of governments: We’ll work with you on a ballot measure but we want tax dollars invested in clean air, reliable transit and jobs.  At issue for the coalition of 20 organizations, which represent 150,000 […]

Wage Increase in Long Beach to Benefit 54K Workers

Wage Increase in Long Beach to Benefit 54K Workers

So can a vote to increase the minimum wage truly help people in a historic era of inequality?  Well, working families and wage increase supporters in Southern California pointed to the Jan. 20 vote by the Long Beach City Council which boosted hourly pay to $13 by 2019 and included a path to $15 as […]

Veterans’ Rights Program Launches to Help in South Texas

Veterans’ Rights Program Launches to Help in South Texas

Veterans and their families in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas who believe their civil rights might have been violated or need assistance navigating government bureaucracy will soon be able to receive free assistance from the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). The civil rights organization on Tuesday announced its latest office of its Veterans’ Rights […]

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