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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 […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.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

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 […]

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 […]

WIC Recipients Gain Better Access to Buying Food

WIC Recipients Gain Better Access to Buying Food

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant women and parents using the Women, Infants and Children program now have an easier time buying food at the grocery store.  The Agriculture Department announced on Feb. 29 that it will require states to transition from paper vouchers to electronic cards over the next five years. WIC will now use the […]

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

An estimated 828,000 people who work as federal contractors are closer to receiving up to seven days of paid sick leave benefits, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced on Feb. 24.  Progress, Perez said, is being made through the release of the proposed implementation rule for Executive Order 13706. In September, President Barack Obama signed […]

New Tax Guide Designed to Help LGBTQ Communities

New Tax Guide Designed to Help LGBTQ Communities

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer taxpayers have a new resource this tax season, a guide tailored to opportunities and challenges they face when filling their returns, such as how same-sex couples can qualify for certain credits.  The tax guide is designed to help LGBTQ taxpayers understand how the tax code fits into their lives. […]

Native American Tribes to Receive $660 Million for Housing

Native American Tribes to Receive $660 Million for Housing

Affordable housing efforts for 587 Native American tribes in dozens of states have received a boost of $660 million in federal money, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Tuesday.  The money is part of the Indian Housing Block Grant program, which is the single largest source of affordable housing help for […]

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