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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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A Taiwanese Immigrant Talks About ‘Leaving the Shadows’My name is Annie Kao. I am undocumented. It took me many years to accept and finally become comfortable with my immigration status. I grew up in Taiwan and came to the United States with my grandmother and brother when I was 12 years old. I was told that I was going to study in [...]
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Where is the Commitment to Kids in Mississippi?It is time out for bait-and-switch tactics at the Mississippi state Capitol when it comes to our children. A vote for tax cuts of any kind is one against public education and children in this cash-strapped state and Mississippi’s legislators know it. Don’t be fooled: The intentions of Mississippi’s political leadership are clear. They do [...]
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Selma’s ‘Backwards March’ Ensures That the Legacy LivesAt the 50th commemoration of Selma, it was ordinary people, who do extraordinary things, at the lead and center of the tens of thousands of people gathered to march across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. As rumors and misinformation fly around the Internet about what happened in Selma this weekend, Project South and our Southern Movement [...]
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For Silicon Valley Man, His Car is ‘Home, Sweet Home’It’s crazy to think that I make more money than most people in the world, but I’m still unable to afford a place to live. I make $58,000 a year and it’s not enough to live and be able to eat here in San José. That’s why I live in my car. Sleeping in my [...]
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Why the Walmart Pay Raise Matters for Workers and UsWe celebrated a major victory with Walmart workers recently, as the company announced that it was raising the wages for its lowest-paid employees to $9 an hour this year and $10 an hour next year. Walmart claims that it took this step in order to improve customer service and store performance which had declined due [...]
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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Those Who MarchedGracious God, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the 600 strong, the men and women who, as one in your Spirit, marched for freedom on Bloody Sunday. Their way of courage and non-violence remains alive and inspires us to follow them. In our mind’s eye, as we remember their witness, guide us in their [...]
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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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The Need for Water Unites Us AllThe Rio Grande Valley is bounded to the east by the Gulf of Mexico, to the south by the Rio Grande River and to the north and west by an enormous desert of thorny shrubs. It is along the eastern edge of America’s southwest border. There are two highways that cross this border region. About 80 miles [...]
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