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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 […]

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 […]

Defeat of ‘Anti-Immigrant’ Bills Is Hailed by Fla. Advocates

Defeat of ‘Anti-Immigrant’ Bills Is Hailed by Fla. Advocates

Immigration reform advocates in Florida marked the end of the state legislative session on Friday with what they are calling “wins” on nine pieces of legislation that they say are detrimental to new Americans.  The victories, they said, were the result of immigrants and their allies throughout the South expressing their views, sharing family stories […]

Farmworkers Protest at Florida Home of Wendy’s Chairman

Farmworkers Protest at Florida Home of Wendy’s Chairman

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters, many farmworkers, led by Ethel Kennedy, demonstrated near the home of Wendy’s fast food chain’s chairman in hopes of convincing the company to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement some farmworkers’ wages.  The Palm Beach Post reports the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ march near billionaire Nelson […]

For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

Five states in the South and Southwest enforced stricter voting identification requirements on Super Tuesday, as citizens in a dozen states cast ballots for their presidential choices.  The states, which have stricter photo identification policies before a citizen can vote, were Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the Brennan Center for Justice, which is monitoring […]

Child Care Support in Miss. Can Be Run Better, Advocates Say

Child Care Support in Miss. Can Be Run Better, Advocates Say

More than 106,000 low-income kids in Mississippi, especially in communities of color, are not receiving adequate child care services, though they are eligible for such programs, grassroots advocates said last week, citing a critical report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  On Feb. 8, the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative, Center for Law and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Groups: A Mining Company Violated the Clean Water Act in Ky.

Groups: A Mining Company Violated the Clean Water Act in Ky.

A five-year battle over pollution reporting in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky finally ended last month, with a mining company admitting to violating the Clean Water Act, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) reported.  Frasure Creek Mining had been accused of thousands of violations, including failing to report pollution and duplicating pollution monitoring reports, KFTC said. In […]

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