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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 [...]
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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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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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Stop. Hey, what’s that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police. There’s something happening here. The killings of Eric Garner and Michael [...]
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Workers Can Use Office E-Mail for Union OrganizingWASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Dec. 11 that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.  Once an employer gives an employee access to the company email system, then the business [...]
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U.S. Profiling Guidelines Called ‘Flawed’ by AdvocatesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing. The policy, which replaces decade-old [...]
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