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LA’s Skid Row Community Celebrates Opening of Center’s New Home

LA’s Skid Row Community Celebrates Opening of Center’s New Home

In the heart of Los Angeles, there is a new home for low-income families and community members who are organizing to stop gentrification that is reshaping their city, a place that’s designed to serve as an anchor in their neighborhood. On June 24, the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) celebrates the grand opening […]

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, according to a study released June 20.  The report, from the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, is certain to add to the debate as activists around the country push for increases […]

Senate Health Care Bill Slashes Medicaid, as Protests Start

Senate Health Care Bill Slashes Medicaid, as Protests Start

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.  The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy […]

Protests Break Out After Philando Castile Acquittal in Minnesota

Protests Break Out After Philando Castile Acquittal in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a Black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.  Castile’s family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict was read, and the city of St. Anthony swiftly […]

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico’s public schools are funded went to trial on June 12 to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.  Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico’s education […]

Rollback of Dodd-Frank, Meant to Stop a Financial Crisis, Begins

Rollback of Dodd-Frank, Meant to Stop a Financial Crisis, Begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House has moved closer to fulfilling President Donald Trump’s goal of doing “a big number” on Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that was designed to prevent future meltdowns.  But the effort will likely require some major changes to bring about Democratic support in the […]

Civil Rights Advocates Question Idea to Merge EEOC

Civil Rights Advocates Question Idea to Merge EEOC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cutting and merging two agencies that investigate workplace discrimination won’t reduce the government’s enforcement power, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Wednesday. But Democrats pointed to what they say is President Donald Trump’s broader effort to roll back decades of civil rights protections. “Department of Labor is going to allow, now, discrimination to […]

Did Betsy DeVos Turn a ‘Blind Eye’ to LGBT Pupils at Private Schools?

Did Betsy DeVos Turn a ‘Blind Eye’ to LGBT Pupils at Private Schools?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that schools receiving federal money should follow federal law, but she would not commit to banning discrimination against LGBT students in private schools. The Trump administration’s budget proposal significantly cuts funding for teacher training and after-school programs and student financial aid, while boosting funding for charter […]

Food Stamp Cuts: They’d Affect 44M People and the Economy

Food Stamp Cuts: They’d Affect 44M People and the Economy

NEW YORK (AP) — A proposal to curtail the nation’s food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters, as people shuffle their budgets.  President Donald Trump is proposing a roughly 30 percent reduction in the federal budget for the program […]

At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 1 million Illinois residents are feeling the impact of the state’s unprecedented budget impasse, a situation that’s expected to worsen with the prospect of entering a third straight fiscal year without a spending plan.  State legislators adjourned this week without an agreement for the fiscal year that starts July […]

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