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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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Celebrating my abuelo’s legacy
Eighty-eight years ago, a man of extraordinary heart, courage, and understanding was born. On March 31st, we celebrate not only the birthday of my grandfather, César Estrada Chávez, but more importantly the spirit of civic engagement and social justice he espoused throughout his life. César Cháve....
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The cause endures: Honoring Senator Kennedy
No lawmaker in American history has done more for workers than Senator Edward M. Kennedy. It was an absolute no-brainer to induct him into the Labor Department’s Hall of Honor. I was lucky to have a front-row seat for Senator Kennedy’s leadership when I worked for him during the 1990s, and it was....
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Pesticides: Decades of workplace poisoning
No one else in this country faces a more poisonous, unregulated workplace than the agricultural worker. Some three million farmworkers, from the greenhouses of Florida to the massive acreage of farm land of California, go to work each day, hoping not to get poisoned. In addition to harvesting our....
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Behind the lens: Selma, 50 years later
March 7, 1965. It became known as "Bloody Sunday." Six hundred people defied the warnings of authorities and attempted to march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge from Selma, Alabama, to show the desire of black American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. I was a young boy grow....
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Latino voices missing in Sunday news talk shows
A report released recently by Media Matters for America (MMFA) found that Latino voices are underrepresented in Sunday news talk shows. Despite making up 17 percent of the U.S. population, Latinos made up only seven percent of guests on English-language Sunday shows, the study found. The report a....
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