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For Election 2014, It’s About Protecting Voting Rights

For Election 2014, It’s About Protecting Voting Rights

The last time Floyd James Carrier, a wheelchair-bound Army veteran in his 80s, went to the polls, he brought along his expired driver’s license, voter registration card, and veteran’s ID. But, although the poll workers in tiny China, Texas, knew Carrier by sight, he was turned away because his ID documents didn’t meet the stringent [...]
Election 2014: The State of the Minimum Wage in the U.S.For some political candidates this year, the minimum wage is the "wedge issue from hell," as POLITICO has dubbed it. For many working families, though, it's more than that. It's a real issue - one that is lived daily when stress and frustration build as the hours on the job fail to add up in dollars to cover housing, food,
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Are the Parties Ignoring the Asian Pacific Islander Vote?In Orange County, California, home to Little Saigon and the largest Vietnamese American population outside of Vietnam, a whopping 19 Vietnamese American candidates are vying for 20 open seats this November. For the community, ethnic loyalties are helping to galvanize an electorate largely ignored by Republicans and Democrats alike.  It’s a pattern playing out in [...]
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More Latinas Running in 2014 for Top of the BallotAPOPKA, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth “How does it feel to be the first Latina?” question. “I’d like to get to a place where that’s no [...]
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Why I Went to FergusonAll this month, people around the country are taking part in actions and events as part of Ferguson October. A few weeks ago, Coleman members participated in a series of dialogue sessions about Ferguson. Our members – all low-income Black, Latino and Pacific Islander youth and parents – shared their feelings of anger and sadness [...]
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Michael Brown’s Autopsy Released – Family Still QuestionsST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Brown’s official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle with the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot him, two experts said in a published report Wednesday.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained the St. Louis County medical examiner’s autopsy and an accompanying toxicology [...]
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Ferguson Commission to Look at Post-Shooting IssuesFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An independent commission will be created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday. Nixon, who has been criticized by some residents and activists who say he hasn’t done enough to address the unrest in the St. [...]
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California, the Golden State, Is Actually the Poorest of AllCalifornia, the home of Silicon Valley and more billionaires than any other state, is the poorest state in the country. That’s according to an Oct. 16 report from the Census Bureau, which also finds that Mississippi – typically ranked among the poorest states – has a poverty rate below the national average. The report out [...]
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Why the People’s Climate Movement Must GrowIt’s been one month since the largest climate march in history, and recent “Climate Action” pledges from global leaders like the Department of Defense, President Obama and the United Nations do not add up to what communities need. The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, was a historic event. It was historic because of the unprecedented numbers
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Marriage is Between a Man and Woman, Vatican AffirmsVATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging [...]
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