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Better Laws Needed to Help LGBT Community, Groups Say

Better Laws Needed to Help LGBT Community, Groups Say

  The LGBT community in the United States experiences a “legal inequality,” which can result in its members having lower incomes because of discrimination, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress and Movement Advancement Project.  The report, “Paying an Unfair Price,” examines the financial penalties and economic hardship that LGBT [...]
$25K Scholarships for DREAMers Now Available  Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor’s degree, TheDream.US, a national organization with $32 million to help young people, announced on Sept. 4.  The scholarships – to which individuals can apply [...]
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New Calif. Law Holds Employers More Accountable  People working in California – and especially those in the agriculture industry – will gain new protections in January that hold companies directly accountable for labor provided on their property, thanks to a new law signed on Sunday.  Gov. Jerry Brown approved AB 1897, which its sponsor, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, hailed as a way [...]
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College Enrollment in U.S. Plummets  The number of people attending college in the United States has dipped by 930,000 over a two-year period, marking the largest decline before the Great Recession started, the Census Bureau reported. In a Sept. 24 report, the Census Bureau said 463,000 people decided not to enroll in a college between 2012 and 2013. Census [...]
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Ferguson Shooting Information is Public but Cost is HighWASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees’ salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Missouri’s attorney general on Monday, after the AP first disclosed the practice, contacted Ferguson’s [...]
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L.A. Hotel Workers Celebrate Higher Pay, Leaving PovertyAmid cheers from labor and community supporters, 12 of the 15 Los Angeles City Council members voted on Sept. 24 in favor of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for workers in large hotels to $15.37 per hour. The measure will apply to hotels with 300 rooms or more beginning in July 2015, [...]
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Voting Protects Latinos and Everyone From Being PawnsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Frustration and anger can translate into inaction and paralysis, or they can fuel change. I prefer the second option because if participation of Hispanics in elections were equivalent to our population numbers, we’d be in a very different place, especially if we voted in larger numbers on every level, not just in [...]
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Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes to Michael Brown’s FamilyST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri police chief whose officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old last month released a video Thursday apologizing to the family and the community, acknowledging that Michael Brown’s body remained in the street for too long after he was killed. The video featuring Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was released by a public [...]
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Blaze Consumes Michael Brown Memorial in FergusonFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police. How the fire happened wasn’t immediately clear, but it stoked fresh resentment [...]
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Eric Holder to Resign as U.S. Attorney GeneralWASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first Black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama planned to [...]
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