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Special Series: A Woman Wants Youth to ‘Dream Big’

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 [...]
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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Q&A: On Sandra Bland’s Death in a Texas JailDALLAS (AP) — The release of information from the autopsy of a Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail has provided some answers in the case, with authorities saying she had no injuries that were consistent with a homicide. Sandra Bland, who was from Naperville, Illinois, was stopped July 10 after coming to Texas to interview [...]
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Navajo Nation Changes Language Requirement for LeadersFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajos have voted to loosen language requirements for their top leaders, eliminating the need for them to be fluent in Navajo and giving voters more discretion in who can hold elected office.  The passage of the referendum also raises the possibility that the Navajo Nation could elect a non-Navajo-speaking president and vice [...]
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Texas Jail Where Sandra Bland Died Admits Past ErrorsHEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The operators of a Texas jail where a Black woman died after she was arrested in a traffic stop have acknowledged violating state rules on guard training and the monitoring of inmates. The Waller County Jail, about 60 miles northwest of Houston, is under investigation in the death of Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area [...]
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Texas Residents Win Law for Streetlights in NeighborhoodsResidents in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas celebrated on June 26 that their communities are one step closer to receiving streetlights, an infrastructure improvement that residents who live in areas known as colonias have wanted for decades because they boost safety. Residents met in San Juan with state lawmakers to mark the passage of [...]
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Complaint: Detaining Immigrant Families Causes TraumaSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country “creates or exacerbates” psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint asks for the agency’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to investigate 10 [...]
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Is Texas Building Its Own Border Security Force?MCALLEN, Texas (AP) €— When former Gov. Rick Perry ordered a big reinforcement of security at the Mexico border in 2011, Texas bought six new gunboats that can fire 900 rounds a minute and clock highway speeds. But the boats, which cost $580,000 each, spent more time docked than patrolling the Rio Grande. That was a [...]
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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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Let’s End the Detention of Migrant FamiliesStaff members of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the U.S. government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas. The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United [...]
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