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A Taiwanese Immigrant Talks About ‘Leaving the Shadows’

A Taiwanese Immigrant Talks About ‘Leaving the Shadows’

My name is Annie Kao. I am undocumented. It took me many years to accept and finally become comfortable with my immigration status. I grew up in Taiwan and came to the United States with my grandmother and brother when I was 12 years old. I was told that I was going to study in [...]
Seattle’s Minimum Wage to Increase in April, Judge RulesSEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for Seattle’s new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month, rejecting claims by franchises of big national chains that it discriminates against them. In his 43-page decision Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones rejected all of the arguments brought forth [...]
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After the March 1 fatal shooting of a homeless man on Los Angeles' Skid Row, some media reports referred to the 50-block area as destitute and a dumping ground. But as Equal Voice News chronicled in 2014, the area is actually a community in which its members are working to secure housing, help one another and pass better policies.
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For Silicon Valley Man, His Car is ‘Home, Sweet Home’It’s crazy to think that I make more money than most people in the world, but I’m still unable to afford a place to live. I make $58,000 a year and it’s not enough to live and be able to eat here in San José. That’s why I live in my car. Sleeping in my [...]
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Deadly Shooting on Skid Row Stirs Calls for Human RightsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on Sunday on the city’s Skid Row as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer’s gun.  After the shooting, police are [...]
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As a child in San Francisco, Jessica Inson remembers many late nights in which she did not see her mother. Jessica’s mother was a single parent of two kids living in one of America’s most expensive cities. The family’s life was not easy. “She worked a lot of really late nights,” Jessica recalls. She and her [...]
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Police Shot 17 Bullets at Latino Man in Pasco, Wash.KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Three officers fired 17 shots at an unarmed Mexican man in Washington state, and five or six of the bullets hit him in a deadly shooting that has led to weeks of protests and calls for a federal investigation, authorities say. None of the shots struck former orchard worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes [...]
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Fatal Police Shooting Prompts Cries of ‘It was Just a Rock’PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The rallying cry in Ferguson, Missouri, was “Hands up, don’t shoot!” In New York, it was “I can’t breathe!” In Pasco these days, the protest signs say things like “It was just a rock!!!” In a case with unmistakable echoes of Ferguson and New York, demonstrators have gathered every day during [...]
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Protests Erupt Over Fatal Shooting of Latino Man in Wash.PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds gathered in southeastern Washington on Saturday to protest police brutality in the wake of a deadly shooting of a Latino man who had been throwing rocks at the police. Before the midday rally, children and adults hand-lettered signs, calling for justice for Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old who witnesses say was [...]
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“What am I doing?” Twenty-six-year-old Sean Gregory remembers how powerfully this question ran through his mind one day in August 2010. “I had dropped out of high school a couple years earlier,” Sean recalls. “I got a job at a movie theater and a couple other places to pay rent.” Later, he worked with the [...]
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