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Ill. Youth Use Selfies to Fight ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’

Ill. Youth Use Selfies to Fight ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’

Among the tools that Illinois youth used to attract support for Senate Bill 100 – which keeps students in classrooms and punches a hole in what critics call the overly-harsh “School-to-Prison Pipeline” – were smartphones and social media. In visits with elected leaders at the state Legislature in Springfield, young people explained how education is [...]
Black Lives Matter, the Movement, Experiences GrowthWASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, Black and White, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Inside the fair, a booth had T-shirts bearing the slogans “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” for sale. Todd Gramenz, [...]
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Child Care and Families in Illinois Need to Be PrioritiesIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s quiet decision to drastically change the income guidelines for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) three months ago is about to generate more noise and attention from working families — and the vital human services put in place to support them. Here at Erie Neighborhood House on Chicago’s near West [...]
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Will LAPD ‘De-escalation’ Training for Officers Work?Charly Leundeu Keunang had this dream of becoming an actor. The native of Cameroon, a country in Africa, came to the United States in 1999 using a French passport with an assumed identity. He recited Shakespeare in his tent on Skid Row in Los Angeles and idolized Robert De Niro. To those who knew him, [...]
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Education Success Happens When Parents Come TogetherLourdes Flores is the executive director of ARISE, a grassroots organization in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She knows that education is key to a community’s development. Her son is a bright, hard-working student who, last year, was in the eighth grade. Lourdes is a mother who understood the recent changes in Texas’ graduation requirements, and, [...]
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McKinley is Renamed Denali to Honor Alaska NativesANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — North America’s tallest mountain will soon return to its previous name, Mount Denali, more than a century after the Alaskan peak was named to honor President William McKinley, who never set foot in Alaska. The White House announced the change Sunday in a symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives. But the plan [...]
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Honoring Maya Miller: She Took on Police Abuse and MoreMy late friend Maya Miller would have turned 100 on June 29, 2015. As I reflect on her remarkable life, one that spanned nearly a century of American history, I wonder what Maya would have to say about the current conversation about race and racism sparked by police shootings of Black Americans and the murder [...]
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Trump’s Deportation Plan Is Reminder of Removal in 1930sALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years ago. During the Great Depression, counties and cities in the American Southwest and Midwest [...]
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Remembering Emmett Till, 60 Years After Teen’s DeathJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a Black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a White woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. They’re also trying to continue the legacy of his late mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who worked with young [...]
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When faced with adversity, New Orleans teenager Rahsaan Ison took what ultimately could have been a negative life experience and transformed it into something that could be used for positive change. In January 2014, Rahsaan was a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), when he crossed railroad tracks and a parked [...]
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