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Special Series: A Texas Woman Embraces ‘Respect’

Cameron Park, Texas, a 380-acre colonia just north of Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley, is one of the poorest communities of its size in the United States. In this community of about 5,000 residents, challenges abound. For Karina Mendieta, this is home. As a child, she watched as conditions for her relatives across the [...]
Free the Buses: Riders Say Transit is a Human RightMariluz Rangel takes the bus everywhere in Tucson, Arizona: to work, dentist’s appointments, grocery shopping. She’s been a bus rider for 25 years. Rangel works at Wendy’s, where she makes $8.05 an hour, the state minimum wage. Her income qualifies her to buy a discounted bus pass that gives her unlimited rides for $15 a [...]
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When De’Marcous Moton was 5 years old, he and his school principal engaged in a conversation that has stayed with him ever since. “My principal said, ‘You have something on the inside that only you control. You know whether you want to use it or abuse it,’” he recalls. “‘I think you should use it [...]
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Aurora Paredes is the first person in her family to attend college. She hasn’t taken that role lightly. The passionate spirit that motivated her to become a college student also led her to pursue social justice work. It is work that has become dear to this undocumented student. Aside from serving as a mentor and tutor [...]
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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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