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“Recently,” says Julio Contreras, a 17-year-old in of Chicago, “my sister was diagnosed with cancer and my mom has dedicated all of her time to being there with her. Currently, my life consists of working and helping out my family.” Yet, when considering the path Julio has taken in his life – the challenges he’s [...]
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Mom of Teen Fatally Shot by Denver Police Wants JusticeDENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said Wednesday that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn’t trust the official investigation into the death of her daughter. The demand by Laura Sonya Rosales Hernandez came as the Denver Police Department and an independent [...]
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1 in 5 Kids Use Food Stamps, Setting a U.S. RecordWASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on food stamp assistance in 2014. The [...]
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Immigrants to Be Asked About Deportation ProtectionWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country without documents whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify [...]
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Civil Rights Activists, the ‘Friendship Nine,’ to Be ClearedCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nine Black men arrested for integrating a Whites-only South Carolina lunch counter 54 years ago may be heroes in the historic record, but in the record of the law they are still convicted trespassers. That criminal record will soon be erased. On Wednesday, a prosecutor is expected to ask a judge [...]
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Mormon Church Calls for Respect of LGBT CommunitySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs. “We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being [...]
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Fields of DreamsIt’s early morning and still dark in the border town of Yuma, Arizona when Liliana Arroyo and Ana Torres head out to the bus stop, a Circle K store, and finally, the fields. Stopping to chat with farmworkers making their way to work, the pair provide information – in English and Spanish - about health screenings [...]
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A New Comic Book Chronicles the Civil Rights MovementWASHINGTON (AP) — A comic book about Martin Luther King Jr. helped bring a young John Lewis into the civil rights movement. Fifty-years later, the Georgia Democratic congressman is hoping graphic novels about his life and what his contemporaries endured to win equal civil rights for all Americans will serve as a guide for protesters [...]
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Creating ‘Space’ for Healthy Communities in East L.A.I was a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles from 2005 to 2009. The school sits on top of a hill, overlooking the city. We had a great view. But we – a predominantly Latino student body – did not have the resources to aspire. Books were dated, classes were crowded, there [...]
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Food Stamps Save Kids and Parents From HungerTwelve years ago, life was hard for Tyra Lynn.  Her husband had just lost his job, and the then 27-year-old mother of three had a hard time making ends meet. She was struggling to feed her family and relying on food stamps. She wasn’t alone. In 2000, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. [...]
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