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Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte will launch a racial and social justice festival in October with the inaugural event featuring appearances and performances from actors Chris Rock and Jesse Williams and musicians John Legend and Common. Belafonte announced Thursday that Sankofa.org, his social justice organization, will put on the “Many Rivers to Cross” music and arts […]

Dated Terms for People of Color to Be Modernized in U.S. Laws

Dated Terms for People of Color to Be Modernized in U.S. Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.  President Barack Obama signed a bill, H.R. 4238, striking several terms, including “Negro” and “Oriental” on May 20, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with “African American” and “Asian American.” The bill removing the […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

Congress has gained a new voice representing tens of millions of Americans following the formation of the first ever Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, which will work to ensure they are part of policy debates and decisions. Today, Congress has more than 400 official caucuses, everything from the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus to the […]

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

An estimated 828,000 people who work as federal contractors are closer to receiving up to seven days of paid sick leave benefits, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced on Feb. 24.  Progress, Perez said, is being made through the release of the proposed implementation rule for Executive Order 13706. In September, President Barack Obama signed […]

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