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With Ferguson, the Nation Searches for Racial Healing

With Ferguson, the Nation Searches for Racial Healing

If there is one observation from the Nov. 24 decision by the St. Louis grand jury to not charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August fatal shooting of Michael Brown, it is that there is certainly more to come in this case. More questions. More emotion. More outrage. Since Monday, the nation has [...]
Speech Reaction: Immigrants Celebrate the MomentPresident Barack Obama’s Thursday evening speech about executive actions on immigration included deportation relief for nearly 5 million people. For many immigrant families and grassroots advocates, that was a solid step to full progress. But the president’s nationally-televised address accomplished something else: It catapulted immigration back into the national spotlight. Election 2014 is over and the [...]
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Election 2014: Voters Spoke Loudly. Will Leaders Listen?On Nov. 4, pundits and politicians across the country defined the election as a repudiation of the current administration’s policies. Others viewed it as an affirmation of the Republican promise of smaller government. Everyone spoke for the people. But is anyone listening to the people? Newly-elected Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah said it the best [...]
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In Border Disaster, Advocates Seek Names of the DeadWith her daughter missing, Dalila can’t give up hope. “Sometimes I think … I’m going to find her alive, somewhere, where she might be recovering. A hospital, a shelter.” Dalila, who lives in Oregon and works as a cleaner, asked that her last name be withheld for safety reasons. She came to the U.S. on [...]
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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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Immigrant Workers Fight ‘Wage Theft’ in TexasWhen 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 [...]
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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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