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Why I Went to Ferguson

Why I Went to Ferguson

All 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 [...]
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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Ferguson Officer who Shot Michael Brown Feared for LifeWASHINGTON (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb in August has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has told authorities [...]
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ACLU Lawyer Picked as Acting Civil Rights Chief at JusticeWASHINGTON (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union attorney was named Wednesday to be the acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Vanita Gupta, who has served for the past four years as deputy legal director of the ACLU and director of its Center for Justice, starts at the Justice Department next week. [...]
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Grants and Guides for Jobless Issued by U.S.WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is announcing $170 million in grants divided among 23 work projects across the country that aim to reduce the number of long-term unemployed Americans. Administration officials said that while the number of workers who are jobless for more than 26 weeks has declined, it remains at a historic high [...]
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St. Louis Life Before ‘Ferguson?’ Families Show Strength.We traveled to a small city in St. Louis to do a video to stop a young man from being executed. When asked about his life he said, “You grow into the shape of the container you were raised in.” To tell his story, we needed to tell the story of the city and era [...]
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