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Rams Players Give $10,000 to Ferguson Christmas Party

Rams Players Give $10,000 to Ferguson Christmas Party

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up, he wants to be hands on this holiday season. The St. Louis Rams tight end and four other players who recently did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Cook and [...]
In 2014, Grassroots Advocates United and Made ProgressFaced with a lame-duck president and a do-nothing Congress, social justice advocates took a DIY approach to making change in 2014. Congress failed to raise the federal minimum wage, but cities and states, bowing to pressure from workers’ rights groups, enacted their own minimum-wage hikes. And, while waiting for executive action from President Barack Obama [...]
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The ‘Punishment Economy’ Must EndDuring the past several weeks, protesters in Ferguson, New York City and across the country have shut down public transit, freeways, malls and many other institutions in response to the state-sanctioned violence that resulted in the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and countless others. Much of the anger has been directed at [...]
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Mentoring Fueled Success of Chicago Youth Job ProgramCHICAGO (AP) — A summer jobs program that engaged mentors to help troubled kids stay on track is linked with a big reduction in youth arrests for violent crimes.  The results suggest that a low-cost public program can reap big benefits. But they also support arguments that employment alone cannot resolve poverty-related ills. Study author [...]
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Thousands Call for Stop to Police Deaths of Black MenWASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of protesters marched across the country Saturday — to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police and urge lawmakers to take action. Chanting “I [...]
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NYC Police Investigate Chokehold Death of Eric GarnerNEW YORK (AP) — In a conference room on Manhattan’s West Side, police investigators and the White officer accused of putting an unarmed Black man in a fatal chokehold sat down for the first time to go frame by frame through the amateur video of an arrest gone wrong. The closed-door viewing this week marked [...]
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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Stop. Hey, what’s that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police. There’s something happening here. The killings of Eric Garner and Michael [...]
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Chicago Groups and Police Receive Honors for Cooperation  As protesters continue to clash with police over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two grassroots organizations in Chicago were honored on Dec. 11 for working closely with the city’s law enforcement officials to reduce youth violence and improve neighborhood relations.  Enlace Chicago, the North Lawndale Employment Network and the Chicago Police [...]
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Thank a Worker This Holiday SeasonThe end of the year is here once again, and in what has become tradition throughout the United States, family and friends will gather this month to enjoy pleasant moments, food, smiles and conversations. Many people will engage in reflection, some deeper than others, on why they are thankful and what warrants their family’s gratitude. [...]
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Convict Police Officer in Tamir Rice Shooting, Mom SaysCLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot by a Cleveland policeman says she wants him convicted for killing her son, who was carrying a pellet gun that police say looked real. Tamir Rice was fatally shot Nov. 22 when officers responded to a 911 call about someone with a gun at a [...]
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