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U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced Thursday it will phase out its use of some private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates and immediately sending shares of the two publicly traded prison operators plunging. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told it to start reducing “and ultimately […]

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

In a special two-part radio series, NPR’s Latino USA investigates the unusual death of a man in an U.S. immigrant detention center, and what his death tells us about conditions —especially mental health services— inside the immigrant detention system. This investigation was reported with assistance from The Marshall Project. Equal Voice News is sharing it […]

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

In the middle of President Barack Obama’s soaring oratory at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last week, he uttered one sentence about Black people, police and police brutality that gave some listeners pause. “The worry Black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when […]

Lack in a Land of Plenty: Advocates Seed Solutions in Food Deserts

Lack in a Land of Plenty: Advocates Seed Solutions in Food Deserts

BALDWIN, Mich. — At one of only two grocery stores in this village with about 1,200 residents, there is no produce aisle – just a few shelves between the packaged goods. There are no green beans, no lettuce. The grapefruits feel soft inside their plastic netting. Apples cannot be located; asparagus spears, dry as twigs, […]

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

As the nation focuses on what is turning into a horse race between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic counterpart, the idea of implementing true change after Election 2016 might actually occur at the grassroots level. As partisan fighting continues to dominate Washington, D.C., concerned community members nationwide are raising their […]

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January. You know about Clinton, who made U.S. history on Tuesday by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major political party, but probably not Thomas — […]

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

With Immigrant Heritage Month having ended last month, I’ve taken the time to reflect on my humble beginnings and all the opportunities this great country has provided me. As director of policy and advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, I have worked with many immigrants who have made America their home in order to escape […]

America’s Stateless People: How Immigration Gaps Create Poverty

FRESNO, Calif. — They came to America in the 1970s and 1980s as child refugees, members of the Hmong minority in Laos fleeing that country’s new communist government and persecution for helping the CIA in its covert war in Southeast Asia. America held the promise of safety and a piece of the American dream. Many […]

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a Black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. Three other officers were […]

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