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Police in Ferguson Sued for $40M Over Brutality Claims

Police in Ferguson Sued for $40M Over Brutality Claims

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The five plaintiffs in the suit in St. Louis include a clinical social worker who [...]
Number of New Voters Doubles in Chicago Outreach Effort  So what’s motivating people to register to vote in Chicago these days and to do so in such large numbers that a community group has doubled its amount of people ready to cast ballots? Well, try raising the minimum wage in the state to $10 per hour and improving the city’s public education. A [...]
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‘Deceitful’ Immigration Practices to End Because of LawsuitSAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities must revamp their practices to ensure Mexicans accused of living in the country illegally are properly informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge, according to a lawsuit settlement made public Wednesday. The federal lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Los [...]
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Obama’s Immigration Plans Now Expected in SeptemberWASHINGTON (AP) — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama’s lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say. [...]
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Are Individuals at Fault? No, Institutions Have Failed Us.“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King Jr. This year is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and commemorations have occurred across the country, from Mississippi to New Orleans. I have been thinking about how far as a country we have come, and [...]
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Occupational Segregation in Silicon Valley  Black and Latino workers only comprise 3 to 4 percent of U.S.-based tech jobs, according to a recent report released by Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA).  Silicon Valley’s largest tech firms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google and eBay, recently disclosed available data on the diversity of their core workforce, and Black and Latino workers [...]
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Remember Michael Brown by Voting, Mourners SayST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that unfolded Monday was about much more than the Black 18-year-old who lay in the closed casket after being shot [...]
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Smithsonian Welcomes LGBT HistoryWASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people became part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection on Aug. 19, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the [...]
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Migrants Denied Fair Legal Access, Lawyers SayALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don’t have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children. [...]
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Investigation of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson BeginsCHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against a White suburban police officer who fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown. State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account to present. Federal authorities also could [...]
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