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Special Series: A Mom Makes ‘Space’ for Positive Change

Special Series: A Mom Makes ‘Space’ for Positive Change

“The power of Santrecheel’s facilitation … is her ability to light other people’s fire, especially young people and parents, to be leaders, to be active and to be accountable to a larger movement for freedom.” That description is from her colleagues, who work with 23-year-old Santrecheel Graham on social justice issues at Project South in [...]
Michael Brown Family Cites New Evidence in LawsuitCLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown’s parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, opening a new chapter in the legal battle over the shooting that killed their son and sparked a national protest movement about the way police treat Blacks. Attorneys for Brown’s parents promised the case would bring to [...]
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Cesar Chavez Receives Full Honors From U.S. NavyKEENE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors rendered belatedly for Cesar Chavez, the legendary civil rights and labor leader who was also a U.S. Navy veteran. On the 22nd anniversary of his death, Chavez received full graveside honors from the U.S. Navy at his memorial in California. The idea for the [...]
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Cameron Park, Texas, a 380-acre colonia just north of Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley, is one of the poorest communities of its size in the United States. In this community of about 5,000 residents, challenges abound. For Karina Mendieta, this is home. As a child, she watched as conditions for her relatives across the [...]
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Free the Buses: Riders Say Transit is a Human RightMariluz Rangel takes the bus everywhere in Tucson, Arizona: to work, dentist’s appointments, grocery shopping. She’s been a bus rider for 25 years. Rangel works at Wendy’s, where she makes $8.05 an hour, the state minimum wage. Her income qualifies her to buy a discounted bus pass that gives her unlimited rides for $15 a [...]
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Fatal College Shooting Could be Hate Crime, N.C. Police SayGOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police said Tuesday they were investigating the fatal shooting of a gay community college worker as a possible hate crime. The shooting victim, 44-year-old campus print shop director Ron Lane, was gunned down by former student Kenneth Morgan Stancil III on Monday morning, police said. Lane dismissed Stancil from the print [...]
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Bus Rider Feedback is Crucial to Good Public TransitAs the buses started to roll in Clayton County, Georgia, a crowd of onlookers stood by with joy, pride and excitement in their eyes, pleased at what they were able to accomplish. Clayton County residents voted last fall to approve a one-cent sales tax increase to become the third county in Georgia that the Metropolitan [...]
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In S.D., a Tribe Works to Stop Suicides and Help YouthPINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by teenagers in recent months has shaken this impoverished community to its core and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission [...]
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A Funeral Is Held for Ex-Slave, 150 Years After Civil WarAPPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds’ master’s cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close. A century and a half later, Reynolds’ [...]
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An Okla. Deputy Faces Charge in Death of Black ManOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors charged a reserve sheriff’s deputy with manslaughter Monday in the death of a man who was fatally shot as he lay on the ground at the officer’s feet — a shooting that was certain to raise questions about the use of volunteer officers to supplement full-time police. The sheriff’s office [...]
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