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Supreme Court Upends All-White Jury Verdict and Death Sentence

Supreme Court Upends All-White Jury Verdict and Death Sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a Black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-White jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster came in a case in which defense lawyers obtained […]

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

Los Angeles is working to replace food deserts with food oases, especially after hearing from residents and grassroots advocates. In cities across America, many low-income neighborhoods are also food deserts, areas that lack well-stocked and large grocery stores where people can find healthy food, and use food stamps, officially known as SNAP benefits, to purchase […]

One Student Helps Create Educational Equity in East Los Angeles

  Eduardo Pacheco comes from a community in East Los Angeles that is plagued by poverty, violence and low college attendance. Despite these and other financial hardships, Eduardo is making a positive impact on the community’s youth and their future. A freshman at the University of California Santa Barbara, Eduardo has been working with InnerCity […]

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The policy changes are intended to counter erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 ½ times a worker’s regular salary for […]

A Student Fights for Youth and Families in the Rio Grande Valley

  Cameron Park is a border colonia near Brownsville, Texas, and like other colonias it lacks some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water, sewer systems, electricity, paved roads and safe housing. This colonia is home to 8,000 residents who are among the poorest in the country, with a per capita income […]

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina. The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated […]

How Social Justice Movements Begin

SAN DIEGO – On Friday, Feb. 12, Marguerite Casey Foundation began its first-ever regional convening of California grantees with a performance by the Border Angels, a social justice and human rights organization that offers food, water and other humanitarian assistance to those attempting the harrowing trek across the U.S.-Mexico border. Performers read from “Letters from […]

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