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Rams Players Give $10,000 to Ferguson Christmas Party

Rams Players Give $10,000 to Ferguson Christmas Party

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up, he wants to be hands on this holiday season. The St. Louis Rams tight end and four other players who recently did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Cook and [...]
Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Disbands Immigration SquadPHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office revealed late Wednesday that it was [...]
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Will Immigration Agents Use DMV Data for Enforcement?LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver’s license databases to track down people for deportation.  The National Immigration Law Center sued the Department of Homeland Security demanding documents detailing how federal immigration agents access and use driver’s license data. The lawsuit comes [...]
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In 2014, Grassroots Advocates United and Made ProgressFaced with a lame-duck president and a do-nothing Congress, social justice advocates took a DIY approach to making change in 2014. Congress failed to raise the federal minimum wage, but cities and states, bowing to pressure from workers’ rights groups, enacted their own minimum-wage hikes. And, while waiting for executive action from President Barack Obama [...]
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The ‘Punishment Economy’ Must EndDuring the past several weeks, protesters in Ferguson, New York City and across the country have shut down public transit, freeways, malls and many other institutions in response to the state-sanctioned violence that resulted in the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and countless others. Much of the anger has been directed at [...]
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Early Childhood Education Receives $1 Billion BoostWASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring early childhood education “one of the best investments we can make,” President Barack Obama on Dec. 10 followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. Obama said that less than one-third [...]
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Mentoring Fueled Success of Chicago Youth Job ProgramCHICAGO (AP) — A summer jobs program that engaged mentors to help troubled kids stay on track is linked with a big reduction in youth arrests for violent crimes.  The results suggest that a low-cost public program can reap big benefits. But they also support arguments that employment alone cannot resolve poverty-related ills. Study author [...]
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Police Change Policies After Brown and Garner ProtestsCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With tensions running high over the killings of Blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is [...]
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Thousands Call for Stop to Police Deaths of Black MenWASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of protesters marched across the country Saturday — to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police and urge lawmakers to take action. Chanting “I [...]
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NYC Police Investigate Chokehold Death of Eric GarnerNEW YORK (AP) — In a conference room on Manhattan’s West Side, police investigators and the White officer accused of putting an unarmed Black man in a fatal chokehold sat down for the first time to go frame by frame through the amateur video of an arrest gone wrong. The closed-door viewing this week marked [...]
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