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Does Your Neighborhood Have Streetlights?

Does Your Neighborhood Have Streetlights?

About 200,000 Rio Grande Valley residents who live in the colonias of south Texas have no public lighting at night. Children can’t play outside when the sun goes down. Parents worry their youngsters might be hit by a passing car while walking home. Unlit neighborhoods provide cover for vandalism and other crime. Lack of public […]

Tax Credits Keep Millions of Working Families From Poverty

Tax Credits Keep Millions of Working Families From Poverty

ALBUQUERQUE,   N.M. — An income tax refund is always welcome, but for nearly 27 million workers who earn barely enough to cover the basic needs of their families, the Earned Income Tax Credit refund is a critical lifeline preventing them from falling into poverty. Now that lifeline for working families with children is in jeopardy […]

Arizona Organizers Fight Spanish-Only Too Late Voting Date

Arizona Organizers Fight Spanish-Only Too Late Voting Date

PHOENIX – As Election Day looms, a series of stunning errors, misstatements and misinformation by public officials in Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest county, has some wondering if years of work to encourage Arizona Latinos to vote is being undermined before the election. Three weeks before the high-stakes national and local elections, the Maricopa County elections […]

Diplomat: Texas Agents Were Close Enough to See People Before Shooting

Diplomat: Texas Agents Were Close Enough to See People Before Shooting

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas law enforcement agents in a helicopter were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before a sharpshooter opened fire, killing two Guatemalan men hiding under a cover in the vehicle’s bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department of Public Safety officials have said […]

Two Rulings Ratify the American Ideal of Democracy

Two Rulings Ratify the American Ideal of Democracy

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network celebrates this week’s victories in federal court in favor of civic participation. The two decisions were ratifications of the American ideal of democracy—a community who takes responsibility and participates in the forging of our shared future. The Washington DC’s district court found that the State […]

Racial Profiling Trial Underway for Arizona Sheriff

Racial Profiling Trial Underway for Arizona Sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit claiming that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies carried out racial profiling as part of a policy of discrimination is being heard in  federal court. The civil lawsuit involving Arpaio — the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America — has put his anti-immigrant patrols on center stage. A lawyer for plaintiffs who […]

Perry Under Fire After Announcing Texas Won’t Expand Medicaid

Perry Under Fire After Announcing Texas Won’t Expand Medicaid

DALLAS (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that Texas won’t establish an online marketplace for patients to shop for insurance or expand Medicaid, two key elements of the federal health care overhaul. His comments quickly drew fire from organizations across the state representing low income working families. In a letter sent to U.S. Health […]