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Special Series: A Woman Wants Youth to ‘Dream Big’

Special Series: A Woman Wants Youth to ‘Dream Big’

Tracy Chacon was born and raised in one of the most impoverished areas of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite a childhood filled with adversity caused by poverty, she is a determined community member who is offering much-needed support to others so that positive change can take root. In high school, her grades were strong enough to [...]
The $15 Hourly Wage Is a Success at Seattle RestaurantSEATTLE (AP) — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent [...]
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Special Series: A Social Worker Stands Ready to HelpYoung, involved and passionate are some of the words that Mikki Anaya, a grassroots advocate in New Mexico uses to describe Aurea Cardiel, a 24-year-old community activist in New Mexico. Aurea became involved with helping her community when she was a high school student. She engaged in electoral organizing work with the La Raza Unida [...]
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What Does a $34 Million Gift Mean for Oakland, California?So what does a $34 million investment in Oakland, California actually mean in terms of positive change? Well, consider it this way: Fifteen percent of the more than 406,200 residents in this racially-diverse Northern California city with a history of working families are expected to benefit in some way. Talk about an investment with teeth and [...]
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Leticia Zarazua Alvarado understood the needs of low-income families at an early age. Her family brought her to the United States from Mexico at age 9. “Coming from a low-income family has been a tough road,” says Leticia, who is now in her early twenties and is studying child development at East Los Angeles College. [...]
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Including Everyone to Build a Coalition for ProgressOn July 9, over 150 Asian American and Pacific Islander college students from across the nation convened at the White House for the 2015 White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders Youth Forum. It was an engaging full-day conference that exceeded the usual program of speakers, workshops and panels to become a lasting [...]
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Cesar Cruz first saw a need in his community as a high school senior at the Civitas School of Leadership in East Los Angeles. In the summer of 2012, he joined his school’s community garden project, which was designed to help educate parents and students about healthy foods and better eating. That work earned Cesar [...]
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In this Equal Voice News special report, meet Christal Boutte, who is among 3.5 million U.S. home caregivers. She is helping four people in the Seattle area lead dignified lives in their own homes.
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The Movement to End Caging Kids in Prisons GrowsFor years, researchers have documented the devastating impact solitary confinement has on the developing mind. More than half of suicides in juvenile facilities occur in solitary confinement, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Paradoxically, many institutions use solitary confinement as a responseto expressions of suicidal feelings). But even as study after study has revealed [...]
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Audio Report: Will Baltimore Public Housing Idea Work?The frustrations that have convulsed Baltimore this spring have roots in police practices, yes – but also much deeper roots, roots that stretch back over a century, in a history of various government policies that made racial segregation official. Audio Report: Baltimore Public Housing Your browser does not support the audio element. Take public housing, [...]
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