THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

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Gentrification Erodes the Idea of Housing as a RightEvery day the Metropolitan Tenants Organization works with renters who are facing the negative effects of gentrification and other economic forces that threaten their housing. Thousands of low-income renters and homeowners are displaced every year by a property law system with misplaced priorities. As a society, we all pay when people are involuntarily displaced because of increased crime, skyrocketing medical
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Report: For-Profit Prisons Benefit From Immigrant QuotasSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Minimum occupancy quotas at immigrant detention facilities nationwide benefit for-profit prison operators by guaranteeing the government pays for thousands of detainees, regardless of whether those spots are filled, according to a new report by a group that monitors immigrant detention. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had to pay for 3,255 immigrants daily at five detention [...]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera will be the next U.S. poet in chief. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday the appointment of Herrera as the nation’s 21st poet laureate for 2015 through 2016, beginning in September. Herrera, 66, whose parents emigrated from Mexico, will be the [...]
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Multiracial Americans Grow in Numbers, Pew Study FindsWASHINGTON (AP) — Non-Hispanic Whites with American Indian ancestry make up a full half of the current population of mixed-race Americans but are among the least likely to say that they are multiracial, according to a study released Thursday. This population is also the more likely to be Republican-leaning and conservative than the rest of [...]
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L.A. Passes $15 Minimum Wage, Helping 600,000 WorkersFirst, it was Seattle that made history in raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Then, San Francisco followed suit. Now, Los Angeles becomes the largest U.S. municipality to move to a $15 hourly wage and leads the way in putting a dent in income inequality for approximately 600,000 people in the city’s workforce. [...]
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In this Equal Voice News special report, meet Christal Boutte, who is among 3.5 million U.S. home caregivers. She is helping four people in the Seattle area lead dignified lives in their own homes.
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The Movement to End Caging Kids in Prisons GrowsFor years, researchers have documented the devastating impact solitary confinement has on the developing mind. More than half of suicides in juvenile facilities occur in solitary confinement, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Paradoxically, many institutions use solitary confinement as a responseto expressions of suicidal feelings). But even as study after study has revealed [...]
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In light of Proposition 47, $500M for Jails is QuestionedSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians voted last fall to reduce penalties for certain crimes, a decision that abruptly lowered jail populations and promised more money for jail alternative programs starting next year. But the state is now poised to spend $500 million for new county jail construction this year, on top of $2 billion spent [...]
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Detention of Migrant Kids Violates Ruling, Report SaysSAN ANTONIO (AP) — After tens of thousands of migrant families, most from Central America, crossed the Rio Grande into Texas last summer, the government poured millions of dollars into two large detention centers meant to hold women and children — and keep more from coming. But as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement expands the centers [...]
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More U.S. Jobs Mean Less Economic Security for ManyWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them. Pay growth, though improving, remains tepid. Many workers have few opportunities to advance. Others have taken temporary, part-time or freelance jobs, with little chance of [...]
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