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And Then There was Joy on the Border – for Once

And Then There was Joy on the Border – for Once

A few months ago, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I was reading a book and wondering if it would ever, ever rain again in Brownsville. In this arid land, some older people believe that rainfall is a measure of the quality of dialogue between God and God’s creatures. I was convinced that someone in this [...]
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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A Black Man, Aug. 9, 2014 and Ferguson, Mo.In the 30 days since Michael Brown passed away on Aug. 9, 2014, what has changed in the United States? City leaders in Ferguson – the epicenter of some of the worst demonstrations involving race in the country in years – have vowed to pursue policy changes governing its police force and to improve relations with [...]
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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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A Kentucky Social Club Keeps African Americans ‘Together’The building that was once the Black high school in Lynch, Kentucky, now houses the Eastern Kentucky Social Club. But the social club began far away from here, in Cleveland, Ohio, when a couple of Eastern Kentucky boys were missing home. For nearly 45 years, the Eastern Kentucky Social Club has provided a connection among [...]
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A Policy Win: Higher Wages for San Diego WorkersFor Biviana Lagunas, life in San Diego can be stressful. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. An hour later, she starts her $9 hourly job as a cashier at San Diego State University, where she studies full time. By 2 p.m., her classes are underway and they end five hours later. In the [...]
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“Generation Me,” the “Lazy Generation” and the “Trophy Generation” are just a few of the monikers millennials, the demographic cohort that followed Generation X and the baby boomers, have been saddled with. But it may be more accurate to call them the “Indebted Generation.” The Pew Research Center report “Millennials in Adulthood” – released in [...]
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LOS ANGELES — “I’m the people’s general,” says TC, explaining the nickname he’s been given on Fifth Street. He earned it by keeping the homeless residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row informed and educated about neighborhood issues, in part through the literature table he maintains next to the blue tarps of his tent. Under the [...]
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Seattle Approves $15 Hourly Wage – to be U.S. HighestThe Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation. The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15
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