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LA’s Skid Row Community Celebrates Opening of Center’s New Home

LA’s Skid Row Community Celebrates Opening of Center’s New Home

In the heart of Los Angeles, there is a new home for low-income families and community members who are organizing to stop gentrification that is reshaping their city, a place that’s designed to serve as an anchor in their neighborhood. On June 24, the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) celebrates the grand opening […]

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, according to a study released June 20.  The report, from the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, is certain to add to the debate as activists around the country push for increases […]

Medicaid Support for Poor Families Threatened On Several Fronts

Medicaid Support for Poor Families Threatened On Several Fronts

The congressional push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is overshadowing one of the most serious threats in years to the nation’s safety net for poor families: a dramatic reshaping and reduction of Medicaid. Before the year ends, funding for Medicaid, which provides health care for one out of five Americans, could be targeted […]

Senate Health Care Bill Slashes Medicaid, as Protests Start

Senate Health Care Bill Slashes Medicaid, as Protests Start

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.  The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy […]

Freeman Hrabowski Reflects on Race, Peace and Trust in Baltimore

Freeman Hrabowski Reflects on Race, Peace and Trust in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Freeman Hrabowski learned early in life the sting of being abused by police because of the color of his skin. As a 12-year-old, Hrabowski, who is Black, marched in the May 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Eugene “Bull” Connor, the Birmingham public safety commissioner, ordered […]

Protests Break Out After Philando Castile Acquittal in Minnesota

Protests Break Out After Philando Castile Acquittal in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a Black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.  Castile’s family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict was read, and the city of St. Anthony swiftly […]

Trump Administration Keeps DACA Immigration Rights for Children

Trump Administration Keeps DACA Immigration Rights for Children

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is leaving in place a program protecting hundreds of thousands young immigrants from deportation – one that President Donald Trump had pledged to eliminate. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly quietly announced the decision at the bottom of a fact sheet released late Thursday declaring the end to a similar, but […]

The Latest News in Trump’s America

The Latest News in Trump’s America

Every other Thursday, the Equal Voice News digest, “Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty,” will track the latest from the Trump administration and whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity. We’ll have reports from families and grassroots organizations working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest:       The Role and […]

For Father’s Day: A Dad Reflects on His Son and Juvenile Justice

For Father’s Day: A Dad Reflects on His Son and Juvenile Justice

As the U.S. celebrates Father’s Day 2017, Equal Voice News is reposting this August 2014 essay from Ernest Johnson, a New Orleans criminal justice reform advocate. He is a father and grandfather.  “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” — Martin Luther King Jr. This year is […]

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