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Obama’s Immigration Plans Now Expected in SeptemberWASHINGTON (AP) — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama’s lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say. [...]
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Are Individuals at Fault? No, Institutions Have Failed Us.“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King Jr. This year is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and commemorations have occurred across the country, from Mississippi to New Orleans. I have been thinking about how far as a country we have come, and [...]
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Remember Michael Brown by Voting, Mourners SayST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that unfolded Monday was about much more than the Black 18-year-old who lay in the closed casket after being shot [...]
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Smithsonian Welcomes LGBT HistoryWASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people became part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection on Aug. 19, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the [...]
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Migrants Denied Fair Legal Access, Lawyers SayALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don’t have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children. [...]
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Investigation of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson BeginsCHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against a White suburban police officer who fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown. State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account to present. Federal authorities also could [...]
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No Sick Leave: How a Single Mom is Fighting for her FamilyI am one of the fortunate Central Floridians. I have several job opportunities, but recently I quit my job. At 1 a.m. on a recent day, I was admitted to the hospital with swelling and respiratory distress. I made a good decision to take care of myself. Many Floridians are just not that lucky nor [...]
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Hourly Wage of $11.50 Prevails in San Diego – AgainIn a vote watched nationwide by supporters of working families, the San Diego City Council reiterated its backing on Monday of higher wages, the right to earned sick time and a better life in “America’s Finest City.” Councilmembers overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of an ordinance calling for the hourly wage to eventually climb to [...]
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‘Militarization’ of Police Takes Heat in FergusonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed Black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for “militarizing America’s Main Streets” and aggravating clashes between police and protesters. The Ferguson Police Department [...]
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In Memory: Emigdio Vasquez, Chicano Artist and PioneerLOS ANGELES (AP) — Emigdio Vasquez, whose bold use of color, exacting brush skills and uncanny ability to capture everyday people in dramatic moments made him one of the most influential pioneers of the Chicano art movement, has died in California. He was 75. The artist, who had been in declining health, died Saturday in [...]
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