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Supreme Court’s ruling could impact voter ID
The U.S. Supreme Court last week shocked many by narrowly ruling to protect one of the nation’s key civil rights laws. The Fair Housing Act — which bans discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin — survived a challenge from Texas’s Department of Housing and C....
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 I stand with Jennicet Gutiérrez

I stand with Jennicet Gutiérrez
At last week’s White House LGBT Pride event, Jennicet Gutiérrez, a transgender Latina, voiced her opinion about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers and the far-too-common sexual abuse of transgender immigrant women in these centers by people who work for the US government. T....

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Affordable Care Act still stands, here to stay By President Barack Obama
Five years ago, we finally declared that in América, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all. And last week, after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a Presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple c....
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 Charleston, SC: Mourning in the morning

Charleston, SC: Mourning in the morning
We can all travel back in time after we have experienced the heartbreaking death of a loved one and relate to the despair that accompanies loss. Communities, bound together by strong historical, cultural and emotional ties, experience group bereavement when death invades. There is always mourning ....

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NBC lauded by community for dismissing Trump
Hundreds of thousands of Latinos and supporters cheered NBC Universal and its parent company Comcast for severing their relationship with Donald Trump for his bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant. NBC Universal/Comcast, to its credit, moved to disassociate itself from a man who has either failed to r....
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Progressives must reflect ideals they defend
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly common to see organizations posting jobs that specifically encourage people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals; and people with disabilities to apply. While this is an important step toward expanding the diversit....
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People of color: unfairly targeted by the police
The nation’s criminal justice system is broken. People of color, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are unfairly targeted by the police and face harsher prison sentences than their white counterparts. Given the nation’s coming demographic shift, in which there will be no clear racial or e....
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Detention centers are internment camps
The Dilley "South Texas Family Residential Center" tries to mask its nature with summer-camp-inspired euphemisms. When I visited Dilley last week along with other nonprofit representatives, we were told that the "residents" live in "neighborhoods" with names like "Yellow Frog" and "Red Parrot," wh....
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Overarching goal: Creating opportunity for all By President Barack Obama
Everything we’ve done over the past six years has been in pursuit of one overarching goal: creating opportunity for all. What we’ve long understood, though, is that some communities have consistently had the odds stacked against them. That’s true of rural communities with chronic poverty. That’s t....
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Raise the Wage Act: A win-win for all
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) last week announced a new proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020. The Raise the Wage Act would phase the new minimum wage in slowly, beginning with $8 per hour in 2016 and increasing in single-dollar increments over t....
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Condemning police killings of unarmed Latinos
As organizations that engage in anti-racist community building across all races and ethnicities, we collectively mourn the lives of Latino/a immigrants killed by police in recent months. We stand in solidarity against police brutality, officer misconduct and other matters of injustice that plagu....
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Committing to make every workplace safer
There are many unanswered questions surrounding a scaffolding collapse at a construction site in downtown Raleigh, N.C., last month that left three construction workers dead and another severely injured. But one thing we do know is that all of the workers were Hispanic. While it may take months to....
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Phone scam targeted Spanish speakers
The defendants in a scheme that targeted Spanish-speaking consumers have been banned from telemarketing and selling weight-loss products under a new settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The settlement agreement, released recently, comes on the heels of the FTC’s annual fraud report....
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The realities of ‘Stupid América’ By Ramón Del Castillo, PhD
Stupid América by Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado stupid américa, see that chicano with a big knife on his steady hand he doesn't want to knife you he wants to sit on a bench and carve Christ figures but you won't let him. stupid américa, hear that chicano shouting curses on the street h....
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Cutting vital tax credits for working families?
By any measure, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), created by President Gerald Ford, has been a resounding bipartisan success. President Ronald Reagan, who substantially expanded the credit during his administration, called it “the best antipoverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation mea....
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