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Immigrants in Ohio: Thoughts and Life on the Other Border

Immigrants in Ohio: Thoughts and Life on the Other Border

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: They are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine. The picture blows the water out of the argument that deportations are focused on criminals or recent border crossers without ties to the United States, that [...]
Minnesota Minimum Wage to Increase to $9.50 by 2016  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota workers earning the minimum wage will see yearly raises under a bill given final approval Thursday that pushes the hourly rate to $9.50 by 2016 and enables automatic increases in the future.  The bill gives Minnesota one of the nation’s most generous pay floors after years of being [...]
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Same-Sex Marriages Recognized in Mich. – by U.S. DOJDETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. Holder’s action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the Michigan couples who married Saturday, which [...]
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By the time he was 17, Sheldon Smith had already served time in jail and was about to become a father. He appeared to be on his way toward becoming another dismal statistic despite having been an eloquent youth organizer as a young teen. But, instead of letting those significant challenges daunt him, Sheldon used [...]
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Michigan Ban on Gay Marriage Ruled UnconstitutionalDETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago — the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar prohibitions across the country. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman released his 31-page ruling exactly [...]
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Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to provide more opportunities for young men of color. It involves community groups, businesses, government and foundations working together to support education programs, keep young people out of the criminal justice system, boost access to college and strengthen neighborhoods. Among the challenges that young [...]
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Shelter for All: Small House Movement for the HomelessMADISON, Wis. (AP) — While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there’s another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless. There’s a growing effort across the nation from advocates and religious groups to build these compact buildings because they are cheaper [...]
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After losing his mother to street violence in Chicago when he was a high school sophomore, Laureano Rivera struggled with paralyzing confusion and anger. But in the four years since, Laureano has channeled those emotions into a passion for addressing what he now sees as the root cause of his mother’s death: poverty. “I always [...]
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Once, the idea of standing in front of a crowd terrified Darius Anderson. A shy boy, he’d long stuttered in public, but at age 13, after joining a Boys-to-Men program run by Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Darius began to change both himself and the young people around him. He is now at the forefront [...]
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Chicago Neighborhoods Fight for $1.7B in Unused CashCHICAGO — On Nov. 13, outside of the Chicago City Council chambers, Amisha Patel was busy tying up loose ends. Patel, 38, is the executive director of Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of Chicago labor and community groups. Active since the late 1990s, the group had stepped into the limelight nearly a month earlier, hosting a [...]
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