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Chicago Parents Stand Up for Loved Ones – Their Kids

Chicago Parents Stand Up for Loved Ones – Their Kids

Families in Chicago’s public schools have experienced trying times recently. Last year, about 13,000 students were displaced after school officials closed nearly 50 campuses and cut tens of millions of dollars in the face of a budget deficit. Last month, officials announced that the jobs of more than 1,100 employees of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) [...]
Juneteenth, Immigrants and the Meaning of EmancipationJuneteenth – June 19, 1865 – is Emancipation Day. However, it is also only a reminder that Emancipation is still but a promise undelivered. The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among [...]
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Arrested While Brown: Chicago Police Nab Two Latino MenSimilar to community outreach workers across the country in late March, Kevin Tapia and Felipe Hernandez lent their knuckles, shoe-leather skills and commitment to help others to an important task in Chicago. They knocked on doors to raise awareness about the Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping health law in decades. It was March 25. [...]
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Judge: Wisconsin Voter ID Law Violates U.S. ConstitutionMILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.  U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren’t [...]
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Immigrants in Ohio: Thoughts and Life on the Other BorderCLEVELAND, 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 [...]
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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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