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Cesar Chavez – His Legacy Lights a New Leader’s Path

Cesar Chavez – His Legacy Lights a New Leader’s Path

I was 11 years old when my parents brought me from Mexico to the United States. Both my parents were migrant farm workers from Guanajuato, Mexico. My father came to the United States as a bracero(guest worker) during World War II to harvest the crops in the absence of workers who had gone to fight [...]
Ferguson Shows Why Courts Need to Be AccountableMAPLEWOOD, Mo. — Earlier this month, officials in Ferguson left their positions at dizzying speed in the wake of a scathing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report documenting corrupt court practices. As the city government collapsed like a house of cards, I stood in line at the municipal court in neighboring Maplewood, 15 minutes south [...]
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For Lizbeth Marin, living in a diverse community in Chicago opened her eyes. “I have learned to respect and educate myself on other cultures and customs. Being an immigrant, seeing my parents struggle, and feeling unsafe in my own house has made me a leader in battling for change – change not only for me, [...]
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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Inside her home, Agnes Flores is helping her 2-year-old grandson, Louie, count the Matchbox cars he’s lined up methodically along her forearm. The middle children in the family have left for school. Soon, Anselmo, who is 14 years old and the oldest child in the home, will wake up. The children’s [...]
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“My mom was a teen parent,” says Kameisha Smith, a 20-year-old from Lexington, Mississippi. “When she gave birth to me, she was 17 years old, still in high school and had no experience in parenting.” Raised by her mom, a single parent who struggled to care for her family, Kameisha has not had an easy [...]
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After the March 1 fatal shooting of a homeless man on Los Angeles' Skid Row, some media reports referred to the 50-block area as destitute and a dumping ground. But as Equal Voice News chronicled in 2014, the area is actually a community in which its members are working to secure housing, help one another and pass better policies.
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On this day, when Carlos Lopez’s voice is heard over the phone, he is in Dade City, a municipality with a population of about 6,000 people. It’s located in Pasco County, about 40 miles from the Tampa Bay area. Carlos goes by “Eddie.” “It’s so hot here,” he says, “and humid.” Eddie, 22, is no [...]
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Selma: Experienced as a Child, Remembered as an AdultIt was New Year’s Day, January 1, 1966. My older sister, several of my younger siblings, a cousin and I had attended the annual Elmore County Emancipation Proclamation Celebration (the observance of Abraham Lincoln’s signing the proclamation freeing Blacks from slavery). The guest speaker for this occasion was a Birmingham civil rights preacher, Rev. Jesse [...]
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As a child in San Francisco, Jessica Inson remembers many late nights in which she did not see her mother. Jessica’s mother was a single parent of two kids living in one of America’s most expensive cities. The family’s life was not easy. “She worked a lot of really late nights,” Jessica recalls. She and her [...]
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Too Small to FailLong bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund [...]
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