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Special Series: Chicago Woman Ensures That Youth Voice Is Present

  Sarah Mozelle Johnson has lived in the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago all her life and has been a leader with Communities United, a grassroots organization, for the past four years. At Communities United, which was formerly known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Sarah has been involved in the fight for more systemic support […]

Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me—as it is for the thousands of other mothers around the country who have lost sons and daughters to our nation’s merciless criminal justice system. On Sunday, I will gather with my children and grandchildren for a late breakfast. They will give me flowers and, from the littlest, hand-drawn cards. And […]

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than five dozen social service agencies sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for $100 million in overdue payments, perhaps an inevitable byproduct of the historic 10-month budget stalemate. It’s the latest in an increasingly complex web of legal, political and public-relations maneuvers to short-circuit the state Capitol deadlock over […]

Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.—On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept at […]

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say. The justices refused to hear a challenge to Seattle’s law, which franchise owners said discriminates against them by […]

Special Series: Nurturing Leaders Fuels Immigrant’s Work in Tenn.

  For Jazmin Ramirez and her family, who are all undocumented immigrants, the ever-present fear of deportation looms in the back of their minds. But Jazmin, who came to the United States at the age of 7 to join her parents and brother, contributes daily to her community in Tennessee through grassroots advocacy, especially in […]

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