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 Legislation address voting right Legislation address voting right
Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate introduced the “Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015” (VRAA) last week, legislation that would require federal monitoring of changes to voting practices in states with a history of discriminating against minority voters. The Supreme Court lef....

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 Your housing rights are on the line

Your housing rights are on the line
This year all eyes are on anti-discrimination laws that impact your housing rights, as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to release a much-needed and improved Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Congress has already tried to discourage that rule, whi....

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 Latino voters key factor in success of environment
Latino voters key factor in success of environment
A groundbreaking study released recently finds evidence that Latinos’ stated concerns for the environment and protection of America’s public lands is demonstrated at the voting booth – and impacts policy. The new research brief, released by leading pollster Latino Decisions and the nonprofit Hispa....

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 Executive action on immigration: What’s next?

 
Executive action on immigration: What’s next?
The decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, announced last week, which sustained the injunction against the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions was disappointing but also expected. The obvious implication is that the millions of undocumented immigrants wh....

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Belated but righteous move for Archbishop Romero
El Salvador is the land of the soon-to-be sainted Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero. I visited as a journalist covering Romero’s formal beatification ceremony and celebrations on May 23rd, although many people here will remind you, “We, the people, made him a santo long before the Church caught up.”....
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Lawsuit leaves millions with uncertainty
May 19th would have marked the date that 3.7 million undocumented immigrant parents of some Americans could apply for deportation relief under President Obama’s November 2014 executive action on immigration. If, not for a lawsuit. A temporary injunction that capped off a multi-state lawsuit led ....
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Florence Crittenton Services exceeds fundraising goal
More than 200 people braved heavy rain last Saturday morning to support Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado during its 11th Annual Miles for Moms Run/Walk fundraiser to support programming for teen moms and their families. They represented the spirit of more than 450 people who registered f....
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Lack of athletic opportunities for girls of color
More than 40 years after the passage of Title IX mandated equal gender access to scholastic sports, girls of color still face a striking disparity in their available athletic opportunities across the country, a new study of high school sports in 13 states found. For all its successes, Title IX ha....
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Social Security: Better to wait for benefits
Latinos in the United States are living longer than ever. In fact, Hispanic Americans have higher life expectancies than their Black and White counterparts. With the good fortune of living longer comes the indispensable need to prepare for a longer retirement. Social Security provides critical eco....
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CHIP important lifeline for children
President Obama recently signed into law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), among other things. Since its creation in 1997, CHIP has played a critical role in reducin....
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Families of Ayotzinapa make plea to UN
Ayotzinapa has come to the United States. Three groups of relatives of the Mexican university students who were attacked and forcibly disappeared last September by police in the state of Guerrero are currently crisscrossing El Norte as part of a campaign to raise public awareness of their ongoing ....
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Denver unveils tribute to Cesár E. Chávez
“Cesár Chávez wasn’t a leader of Chicanos – he was a Chicano leader. Chávez didn’t care what color your skin was, he didn’t care what language you spoke, if you were a worker he cared about you and your rights as a human being,” explained Ramón Del Castillo, co-founder of the Cesár Chávez Peace an....
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César Chávez and building a culture of peace
Violence in Denver and the surrounding metro area may not be feasible and sustainable without building a culture of peace. As we prepare to celebrate the 14th annual march to honor César Estrada Chávez, communities plagued with this epidemic might want to take time out and study Chávez’ life and h....
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Farmworkers risk their health to feed others
Confronting a long-standing health issue in the United States and signed into law on September 26, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the third week of March is National Poison Prevention Week. According to Melanie Forti, Director of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ (AFOP) Healt....
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Civil rights leader rallies immigrants in Selma
Among the tens of thousands of people who converged on Selma, Alabama this week to honor the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday were hundreds of immigrants from across the country marching to advocate for their own civil rights. Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers with César Chávez in the 1....
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