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Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say. The justices refused to hear a challenge to Seattle’s law, which franchise owners said discriminates against them by […]

Special Series: Nurturing Leaders Fuels Immigrant’s Work in Tenn.

  For Jazmin Ramirez and her family, who are all undocumented immigrants, the ever-present fear of deportation looms in the back of their minds. But Jazmin, who came to the United States at the age of 7 to join her parents and brother, contributes daily to her community in Tennessee through grassroots advocacy, especially in […]

Senators Introduce Criminal Justice Overhaul Plan — Again

Senators Introduce Criminal Justice Overhaul Plan — Again

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday to give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders, a renewed push to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system after objections from some conservatives and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last November would allow some nonviolent drug […]

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

In February, during National Black History Month, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a proclamation officially decreeing April 2016 as Confederate Heritage Month. This proclamation was issued very quietly as it had been done under Gov. Barbour, Gov. Musgrove, Gov. Fordice and so on. However, if it is heritage that should be honored by proclamation, then […]

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

SEATTLE (AP) — States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly. Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more. Evidence of […]

S.F. Police Under Scrutiny With Release of More Racist Texts

S.F. Police Under Scrutiny With Release of More Racist Texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A beleaguered San Francisco Police Department took another hit to its tarnished image Tuesday with the release of racist and homophobic text messages allegedly exchanged among officers. The city’s public defender released transcripts of the offensive texts, which emerged during a rape investigation of a former officer. The messages belittle Blacks, […]

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

A state of emergency signals that a catastrophe, social or natural, has challenged or upended civic order. Under states of emergency, normal state functions are often suspended in response to extraordinary circumstances. The L.A. City Council declared a state of emergency over homelessness in Los Angeles last fall. Though Mayor Eric Garcetti declined to affirm […]

Meet a Man Who Backs Nonviolent Offenders Returning to Society

Meet a Man Who Backs Nonviolent Offenders Returning to Society

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after being busted for cocaine trafficking, Daryl Atkinson is the public face of the Justice Department’s efforts to help convicted felons re-enter society. Atkinson finished college and earned a law degree after spending three and a half years behind bars for his drug crimes. Now, he’s joined the Justice Department […]

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