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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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.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 […]

Residents: Medicaid Access in Alabama Needs to Be Preserved

Residents: Medicaid Access in Alabama Needs to Be Preserved

A shortfall of $85 million to support Medicaid in Alabama next year could leave hundreds of thousands of residents – primarily seniors, people with disabilities and kids – without access to health care, and grassroots advocates are taking steps to make sure state lawmakers are aware of how cuts would affect people.  Advocates with Alabama […]

Calif. Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

Calif. Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

In California, where you live may help determine whether your license is suspended or you land in jail over unpaid traffic tickets.  A new study found a wide disparity between rates of drivers from high-poverty, Black and Latino neighborhoods losing their licenses or getting arrested over traffic fines, fees, or failure to appear in court, […]

San Diego Could Raise Its Minimum Wage Faster Than Calif.

San Diego Could Raise Its Minimum Wage Faster Than Calif.

San Diego voters will consider raising the city’s minimum wage at a faster rate than California in June, only two months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a plan to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2022 for most workers.  On June 7, San Diego voters will decide whether to ratify Proposition […]

NCLR Seeks to Register Latino Voters in Florida

NCLR Seeks to Register Latino Voters in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — The nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization has launched a major voter-registration drive in the battleground state of Florida to identify and sign up hundreds of thousands of potential Hispanic voters.  The Washington-based National Council of La Raza announced its plans Thursday morning at a news conference in Miami. With nearly 5 […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

Youth Program at Long Beach YMCA Is Lauded in New Report

Youth Program at Long Beach YMCA Is Lauded in New Report

A new publication highlights the success of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach’s Youth Institute, which gives young people structure and guidance in pursuing multimedia technology and producing short videos that reflect their lives.  The report from “Afterschool Matters” was released in March and includes feedback from participants about what they learned at the institute, […]

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

Congress has gained a new voice representing tens of millions of Americans following the formation of the first ever Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, which will work to ensure they are part of policy debates and decisions. Today, Congress has more than 400 official caucuses, everything from the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus to the […]

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