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Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.—On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept at […]

Special Series: Nurturing Leaders Fuels Immigrant’s Work in Tenn.

  For Jazmin Ramirez and her family, who are all undocumented immigrants, the ever-present fear of deportation looms in the back of their minds. But Jazmin, who came to the United States at the age of 7 to join her parents and brother, contributes daily to her community in Tennessee through grassroots advocacy, especially in […]

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

In February, during National Black History Month, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a proclamation officially decreeing April 2016 as Confederate Heritage Month. This proclamation was issued very quietly as it had been done under Gov. Barbour, Gov. Musgrove, Gov. Fordice and so on. However, if it is heritage that should be honored by proclamation, then […]

Group: New Orleans Court Sentences Latinos to Costly Classes

Group: New Orleans Court Sentences Latinos to Costly Classes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suburban New Orleans court discriminates against Latinos by charging them for inadequate English interpreters and making them attend overpriced, ineffective English classes as a condition of probation, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department.  The SPLC complaint centers on practices in 1st […]

Special Series: A Young Latina Is Making Change in Ala.

  For Roshell Rosales Aguilar, contributing to her community means giving a voice to the underrepresented. Roshell, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 3, believes that the Hispanic community, especially in Birmingham, Alabama is not well known. “We are present, but we don’t know how to express ourselves,” she […]

Birmingham City Council: Wage Increase Starts Wednesday

Birmingham City Council: Wage Increase Starts Wednesday

As many as 40,000 workers in Birmingham, Alabama could see their minimum wage earnings rise to $10.10 per hour starting on Wednesday, following a Tuesday vote by the City Council to thwart state legislation aimed at blocking municipalities and counties from setting their own pay levels. “The Birmingham City Council has once again displayed that […]

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