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On the Trump Budget Cuts: An Agency-by-Agency Look

On the Trump Budget Cuts: An Agency-by-Agency Look

How President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion federal spending plan would affect individual government agencies. ___ AGRICULTURE Up or down? Down 5 percent Highlight: The proposed budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including a cut in government help for purchasing crop insurance. Crop insurance is overwhelmingly popular program with farm-state senators in both parties, and […]

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they’re in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections. The lawsuits have […]

Transit Officer Asks Rider About Immigration Status, Sparks Outcry

Transit Officer Asks Rider About Immigration Status, Sparks Outcry

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Metro Transit police are investigating an incident shown on video in which a transit officer asks a light-rail passenger about his immigration status. The agency announced it was investigating after Minneapolis artist Ricardo Levins Morales posted video of the incident to his Facebook page on May 19. Morales said the officer […]

Advocates for Haitian Immigrants: Long-Term Status Is Needed

Advocates for Haitian Immigrants: Long-Term Status Is Needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States, but it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely. Temporary Protected Status was given to Haitians living in the United States after a 2010 earthquake devastated parts […]

Protecting Food Stamps and Medicaid Intensify Under Trump Budget

Protecting Food Stamps and Medicaid Intensify Under Trump Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts. Trump’s blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday. It includes reductions to benefit […]

NAACP Chief Cornell William Brooks to Leave Post

NAACP Chief Cornell William Brooks to Leave Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP’s leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of his current term. NAACP […]

A New Challenge: A Good Retirement for Blacks and Latinos

A New Challenge: A Good Retirement for Blacks and Latinos

CHICAGO (AP) — Older White Americans are nearly twice as likely as African-Americans to say they’ve saved enough for retirement, a new poll found. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also found that African- Americans and Latinos have less financial security than whites and will rely on fewer sources of income during […]

The Latest News in Trump’s America

The Latest News in Trump’s America

Every other Thursday, the Equal Voice News digest, “Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty,” will track the latest from the Trump administration and whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity. We’ll have reports from families and grassroots organizations working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest:   It’s Only […]

Immigration Advocates on SB 4: We’re Resisting in Texas

Immigration Advocates on SB 4: We’re Resisting in Texas

Grassroots leaders and local officials wasted little time organizing a coordinated campaign to fight SB 4, a new Texas law that targets cities, towns and sheriffs that don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. Only nine days after Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the legislation, formally known as Senate Bill 4, into law, grassroots advocates […]

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