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Fla. Immigration Activists Call for Vote on ‘Tuition Equity’

Fla. Immigration Activists Call for Vote on ‘Tuition Equity’

  A floor vote and the democratic process need to take place in the Florida state Senate regarding a bill that would permit undocumented youth to qualify for in-state tuition fees, the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) said Friday. SB 1400 could help up to 175,000 students in Florida qualify for “Tuition Equity” or lower costs [...]
Calif. Residents to Gov. Brown: ‘Lift Families Out of Poverty’  It was the day before taxes were due – and more than 200 people gathered outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles with a message about priorities for the state’s share of those public dollars. In fact, they had several messages: Public money needs to be invested in schools, communities and safety [...]
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Native Americans Ask Group to Settle N.Y. Land Dispute  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation planned on filing a petition at the Organization of American States on Tuesday, seeking human rights violations against the U.S. [...]
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Minnesota Minimum Wage to Increase to $9.50 by 2016  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota workers earning the minimum wage will see yearly raises under a bill given final approval Thursday that pushes the hourly rate to $9.50 by 2016 and enables automatic increases in the future.  The bill gives Minnesota one of the nation’s most generous pay floors after years of being [...]
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Now Needed to Rent in Nebraska City: An Official License  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The small Nebraska city of Fremont started requiring licenses Thursday for anyone who wants to rent there as part of rules aimed at restricting illegal immigration.  Fremont Police Chief Jeff Elliott said two applications were submitted Thursday morning and both people received licenses after paying the $5 fee and filling [...]
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Florida Lawmakers Push for Voting Rights  Four Florida legislators urged their colleagues to protect voting rights that have been under threat in the state by passing legislation that is currently stalled.  Joined by activists from Florida New Majority at a press conference in the Capitol Building on Tuesday, two state senators and two representatives asked their fellow legislators to pass [...]
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Empty Desks Used in L.A. Protest for Good Schools  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and they brought their desks with them. Some 375 empty desks blocked a downtown street, stopping traffic for several hours Tuesday outside the Los Angeles Unified School District’s offices. Organizers say the number represents how many students drop [...]
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Supreme Court Leaves New Mexico Anti-Bias Law Intact  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.  The justices left in place a unanimous state Supreme Court [...]
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Wash. State Hunger Strikers Released From Solitary  Twenty people being held in an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., have been freed from solitary confinement and returned to the general population. The men had been moved into segregation on March 27, after they joined a hunger strike protesting both the conditions at the Northwest Detention Center and larger concerns they have [...]
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Immigrant Strikers in Wash. Placed in Solitary Confinement  More than 20 men involved in a hunger strike at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash. have been placed in solitary confinement, advocates tracking their cases reported.  The men had been protesting the high rate of deportations nationwide, as well as the conditions at the Northwest Detention Center. Among their complaints was the $1-a-day [...]
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