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Immigrant Workers Fight ‘Wage Theft’ in Texas

Immigrant Workers Fight ‘Wage Theft’ in Texas

When construction worker Jose Rivera opened his pay envelope, it was bad news. His employer had paid him only $100 for a 40-hour workweek. When he complained, the employer, a subcontractor, told him the contract for the job paid less, so workers had to accept less. Some of Rivera’s younger co-workers were so demoralized they [...]
California, the Golden State, is Actually the Poorest of AllCalifornia, the home of Silicon Valley and more billionaires than any other state, is the poorest state in the country. That’s according to an Oct. 16 report from the Census Bureau, which also finds that Mississippi – typically ranked among the poorest states – has a poverty rate below the national average. The report out [...]
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Why the People’s Climate Movement Must GrowIt’s been one month since the largest climate march in history, and recent “Climate Action” pledges from global leaders like the Department of Defense, President Obama and the United Nations do not add up to what communities need. The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, was a historic event. It was historic because of the unprecedented numbers
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Georgia Residents are Battling – Just to Get on the BusRIVERDALE, Ga. — Standing off state Route 85, Jessica Jarrett waves a huge placard above her head to draw attention to a voter registration drive for the November elections. Cars, vans and trucks speed by on this Saturday morning last month. At this moment, no motorist stops at this office which houses Friends of Clayton [...]
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A Year After a Teen was Tased, Will Texas Protect Students?Nov. 20, 2013, a school day in Texas’ Bastrop County, starts like any other for 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera and his family. The sun rises a little before 7 a.m. and first period at Cedar Creek High School, the home of the “Eagles,” starts an hour later. The day is no scorcher – an [...]
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National Organization Seeks to be Voice of Poor FamiliesATLANTA — Each day, the structural issues that keep more than 45 million Americans in poverty in the world’s most advanced democracy are present. There are racial and class divisions illustrated by the fatal shooting in August of a Black man in Ferguson. Millions of adults have jobs but can’t scrape by because hourly wages fail to cover [...]
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First-Generation Students Blaze Trails, Face ChallengesFor Jon Hernandez, going to college wasn’t part of his original plan. While it may be difficult given that he can’t always ask family members for advice, he intends to complete his bachelor’s degree within three years with the help of his father’s GI Bill. “I usually address faculty for questions about school,” he said. [...]
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U.S. Has 45.3M Poor People. Why No Major Improvement?The basic question from Tuesday’s release of U.S. poverty statistics is this: If the country’s economy is technically growing, then why do the 2013 numbers from the Census Bureau fail to reflect significant and overall improvement for working families and individuals? In 2013, the country was home to 45.3 million people living in poverty, marking [...]
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The ‘Fight for $15′ and Ending Poverty GrowsNEW YORK (AP) — Police handcuffed dozens of protesters in New York, Chicago, Detroit and other cities on Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The protests, which are planned by [...]
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It’s Time to Have a Deeper Talk About RaceDeep questions and frustrations relating to the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teenager, continued Monday, as residents in Ferguson, Missouri and the country expressed outrage at the firing of at least six bullets from a police department gun that ended his short life. Community and civil rights leaders joined residents in speaking out [...]
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