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Education Success Happens When Parents Come Together

Education Success Happens When Parents Come Together

Lourdes Flores is the executive director of ARISE, a grassroots organization in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She knows that education is key to a community’s development. Her son is a bright, hard-working student who, last year, was in the eighth grade. Lourdes is a mother who understood the recent changes in Texas’ graduation requirements, and, [...]
Fatal Shooting in N.M. Leads to Murder Charges for PoliceALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge ruled on Aug. 18 that two police officers must stand trial on murder charges in the on-duty shooting of a homeless man whose killing was caught on video and sparked national outrage while fueling reforms at the Albuquerque Police Department. Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria said after [...]
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An Immigrant Marks Full Year Living in Church SanctuaryTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Rosa Robles Loreto could leave the small, Tucson church where she has spent the past year. But there is no guarantee she won’t be sent back to Mexico, her native country. That’s enough to convince her to stay put, seeing her family only when they visit the church and missing her [...]
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An Unarmed Black Teen Is Fatally Shot by Police in TexasARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An unarmed college football player was shot dead on Friday at a suburban Dallas car dealership by a trainee police officer during a middle-of-the-night burglary call. The death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor, who was Black, has raised some of the same questions as other recent police shootings involving unarmed suspects. The officer [...]
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A Barrier to Voting Falls in Texas, as Court Strikes ID LawAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law has a “discriminatory” effect on minorities in a victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight a wave of new ballot-box restrictions passed in conservative statehouses. [...]
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What Would Jesus Say About How We Treat Families?About a year ago, things had begun to settle down for the federal government. Nearly 60,000 Central American children and parents, fleeing rape, torture and death from the drug wars in their countries, had come to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas last spring and summer. The children and their moms had come to surrender themselves [...]
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Sandra Bland’s Family Sues Texas State TrooperHOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Black woman found dead in a Texas jail three days after a confrontation with a White state trooper filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the officer and other officials, saying it was a last resort after being unable to get enough information about the case. Sandra Bland, a [...]
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Prosecutor: Homeless Man Was Unlawfully Killed by PoliceALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A “paramilitary response” by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened fire and killed a homeless man despite signs that he wanted to surrender, a special prosecutor said Monday. The two Albuquerque officers charged with murder in the death of James Boyd [...]
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Special Series: A Woman Wants Youth to ‘Dream Big’Tracy Chacon was born and raised in one of the most impoverished areas of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite a childhood filled with adversity caused by poverty, she is a determined community member who is offering much-needed support to others so that positive change can take root. In high school, her grades were strong enough to [...]
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Special Series: A Social Worker Stands Ready to HelpYoung, involved and passionate are some of the words that Mikki Anaya, a grassroots advocate in New Mexico uses to describe Aurea Cardiel, a 24-year-old community activist in New Mexico. Aurea became involved with helping her community when she was a high school student. She engaged in electoral organizing work with the La Raza Unida [...]
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