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Homeless Handbook Provides Answers for Youth in Illinois

Homeless Handbook Provides Answers for Youth in Illinois

  For the more than 59,000 homeless youth in Illinois, the question has likely surfaced at one point in their lives: If a police officer detains me, where can I be taken?  In other words, what are the rights of homeless youth in Illinois? Now, there are answers. In fact, there are many for homeless [...]
Payday Loans Criticized at Grassroots Rallies in U.S.  Grassroots activists calling for stronger government limits on the payday loan industry took their message on Tuesday directly to the source: They protested in front of payday loan businesses at events in at least 10 states. Their “ask” was straightforward: The federal government needs to protect consumers from an industry in which critics say [...]
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Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water  Residents concerned about clean water in Appalachia are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and asking for a response to past petitions arguing that Kentucky and West Virginia have failed to regulate “harmful” pollution caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The legal action was filed on Jan. 7 by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) [...]
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Demand for ‘Sweatshop-Free’ Tomatoes Grows  The brutal mistreatment of workers who pick tomatoes in Mexico was the subject of a recent Los Angeles Times investigation. Suppliers for major U.S. grocery chains, including Walmart and Whole Foods, were among those named in the series.  The revelations come at a time when an increasing number of retailers are responding to consumer [...]
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Alabama’s Poor are Forking Over Bigger Share in Taxes  In Alabama, people earning the least amount of money – or less than $17,000 per year – are paying twice the rate in taxes compared to wealthier residents, a state public policy organization reports.  One result, according to Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP): Low-income families are slipping into greater poverty at a time when [...]
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Advocates Push Anti-Profiling Law for Durham Police  Durham, North Carolina is the first stop in a new campaign to create a safer South for queer people of color. “The Durham Community Safety Act” would ban police profiling and discrimination based on race, immigration status, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a regional LGBTQ organization made up [...]
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Grassroots Groups Object to Immigration Lawsuit  President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration received support last week from Texas and Florida grassroots advocates who oppose a federal lawsuit from states and contend that the moves are legal and will keep families united.  The lawsuit from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was heard on Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen [...]
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Mortgage Servicers Still Giving Poor Service, Survey Shows  Despite being put on notice by the feds, some mortgage servicers have yet to clean up their acts.  Mortgage servicers are still failing to give borrowers adequate time to modify their loans, losing paperwork submitted by borrowers and foreclosing before borrowers are delinquent, according to a survey conducted by the National Council of La [...]
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Raise Your Voice About the State of the Union in 2015  The country still has 45 million people living in poverty – and the numbers are actually higher depending on how you count. This year, partisan gridlock remains very likely in Congress. Yet, working families, poor people and hundreds of millions of others in the country want better lives, stronger cities and policies that will [...]
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NYC Identification Card – IDNYC – Called an “Affirmation”NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has launched its municipal identification card program, the largest in the country, which officials say will allow immigrants living in the country without documents to access key city services they were previously unable to obtain. The card, dubbed IDNYC, was approved last year and became available to New [...]
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