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All Immigrants in Colo. Get ‘Legitimacy’ – Driver’s Licenses

All Immigrants in Colo. Get ‘Legitimacy’ – Driver’s Licenses

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin issuing driver’s licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws. Now, thousands of immigrants are waiting to get cards they hope will add a degree of legitimacy [...]
A Policy Win: Higher Wages for San Diego WorkersFor Biviana Lagunas, life in San Diego can be stressful. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. An hour later, she starts her $9 hourly job as a cashier at San Diego State University, where she studies full time. By 2 p.m., her classes are underway and they end five hours later. In the [...]
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Pay and Unionizing Erupt as Issues at Calif. Port StrikesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers in a long-running labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began what they said would be an indefinite strike Monday. The impact on the movement of cargo around the sprawling port complex, the main gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of [...]
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Native Groups: Release Judge’s Racist, Questionable EmailsBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of American Indians wants a court to preserve and eventually release an investigative file containing inappropriate emails sent by a federal judge, including a racist message involving President Barack Obama. Two Indian advocacy groups from Montana and South Dakota and a member of the Crow tribe filed a petition [...]
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Calif. Group Waving U.S. Flags Blocks Buses With MigrantsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center. The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer [...]
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Court Overturns L.A. Law Banning Living in Parked CarsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involved a 1983 law that [...]
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Calif. Mom: Paid Family Leave is Crucial for Loved OnesMy name is Mary Ignatius, and I am the statewide organizer of Parent Voices, a parent-led, parent-run grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families. I am a parent of a 5-year-old and 9-month-old and as an activist for work family issues. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of [...]
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Volunteers Get Out the Vote in Calif. – in 14 Languages“Every call is my favorite call,” 18-year-old George told me on June 2. It was the end of our three-week blitz of calling voters to make their voices heard by going to the polls. I had asked him which was his favorite. I was thrown back by his response. Rewind three weeks. George, a high [...]
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What’s Next? Issues After Court Ruling on Calif. Tenure LossSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state’s teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has [...]
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Lawsuit Says Seattle’s $15 Hourly Wage Hurts CommerceSEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Seattle’s adoption of what would be the nation’s highest minimum wage as unfair to small franchises. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously this month to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least [...]
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