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D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers. The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it […]

Locked Up and Lost: HIV Behind Bars

Locked Up and Lost: HIV Behind Bars

Spend a little time talking with Bryan C. Jones and you’ll have a hard time thinking of him as average. But, like far too many Black men, the 55-year-old from Ohio has spent time locked up. When Jones was released from an Ohio State penitentiary in 2008, he recalls that a social worker attempted to […]

Anti-Poverty ‘Promise Zones’ Now Include San Diego and Nashville

Anti-Poverty ‘Promise Zones’ Now Include San Diego and Nashville

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has added nine communities to its effort to ease access to federal aid and cut red tape for areas beset by joblessness, hunger, crime and poor housing.  The newly selected so-called Promise Zones include neighborhoods in Nashville, south Los Angeles, the west side of Atlanta, parts of Evansville, Indiana; […]

Why College Protests Over Immigration Agents Are About Justice

Why College Protests Over Immigration Agents Are About Justice

  In late April at San Diego City College, over two-dozen students quickly mobilized after learning that Border Patrol agents would have a booth at the career fair. The students solicited support from their professors, who also reached out to community organizations and planned a public demonstration at the Quad where the career fair would […]

A New Mexico Woman Embraces Quality Education for All

  Victoria Gomez believes one of the best ways to lift families out of poverty is through access to quality education. Since 2013, she has been working with Organizers in the Land of Enchantment ( OLÉ), a grassroots organization in New Mexico. The 21-year-old has devoted time to helping with “Makerspace,” a physical area where […]

U.S. Seeks to Limit Payday Lenders and Offer ‘Debt Trap’ Protection

U.S. Seeks to Limit Payday Lenders and Offer ‘Debt Trap’ Protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing a significant clampdown on payday lenders and other providers of high-interest loans, saying borrowers need to be protected from practices that wind up turning into “debt traps” for many. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed regulations, announced Thursday, seek to tackle a few common complaints about the […]

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana’s new Medicaid expansion began enrolling on Wednesday.  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee announced local application centers around the state at an enrollment kickoff event in New Orleans. Louisiana will become the 31st state, plus the District […]

Ill. Fails, Again, to Pass Budget, Putting Families and Schools at Risk

Ill. Fails, Again, to Pass Budget, Putting Families and Schools at Risk

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget after lawmakers finished their legislative session without agreement on a spending plan, setting up a November electoral showdown while public schools and social service providers brace for an uncertain future. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s suggestion for a last-minute, short-term budget […]

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