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Special Series: A Mom Makes ‘Space’ for Positive Change

Special Series: A Mom Makes ‘Space’ for Positive Change

“The power of Santrecheel’s facilitation … is her ability to light other people’s fire, especially young people and parents, to be leaders, to be active and to be accountable to a larger movement for freedom.” That description is from her colleagues, who work with 23-year-old Santrecheel Graham on social justice issues at Project South in [...]
Ariz. Sheriff Says Wife of U.S. Judge Was InvestigatedPHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio dropped a bombshell in court Thursday, acknowledging his former lawyer had hired a private investigator to look into the wife of the federal judge presiding over a racial profiling lawsuit against the sheriff. The federal hearing took the strange turn after Arpaio finished his testimony and Judge Murray [...]
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Tenn. ‘Tuition Equity’ Bill Fails by 1 Vote  An estimated 25,0000 immigrant students who want to pay in-state tuition to attend public college in Tennessee will be forced to wait at least until 2016, following a legislative defeat on April 22 in which a bill failed to pass by one vote. Under the state constitution, supporters need 50 votes in the House [...]
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Michael Brown Family Cites New Evidence in LawsuitCLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown’s parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, opening a new chapter in the legal battle over the shooting that killed their son and sparked a national protest movement about the way police treat Blacks. Attorneys for Brown’s parents promised the case would bring to [...]
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Cesar Chavez Receives Full Honors From U.S. NavyKEENE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors rendered belatedly for Cesar Chavez, the legendary civil rights and labor leader who was also a U.S. Navy veteran. On the 22nd anniversary of his death, Chavez received full graveside honors from the U.S. Navy at his memorial in California. The idea for the [...]
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Loretta Lynch, Confirmed as A.G., Makes HistoryWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, 55, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the first Black woman [...]
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A Reflection on SB 1070, the Arizona Immigration LawApril 23, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the enactment of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 – the controversial immigration law commonly known as SB 1070.  For many immigrants in Arizona and civil rights activists throughout the country, the law was viewed as a form of repression. Among its provisions, it required immigrants to carry identification [...]
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On Earth Day, Fighting Poverty is Also a Priority in NYCNEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s biggest city, under the direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio, marked Earth Day on Wednesday by linking a sweeping effort to limit its impact on the environment with its fight against income inequality by pledging to lift more than 800,000 people out of poverty. De Blasio unveiled his ambitious [...]
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A Civil Rights Law Passes in Little Rock, ArkansasLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay. The ordinance approved by the city’s board on a 7-2 vote bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [...]
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Tenant Rights in S.F. Are Crucial to Know, Activists Say  San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis has reached epic proportions. Forbes magazine recently ranked it the worst city in America for renters. It’s not easy to find an affordable home to rent in San Francisco, and it’s ever more difficult to stay in one.  There were 2,120 notices of evictions filed with the San Francisco [...]
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