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Sean Bell Protesters Stop Traffic, 216 Arrested; Border Patrol Wants Immigrants Leaving Country, Too

by The News on May 8 2008, 7:40AM

Idaho Teacher Trashes Mexican Flag “A high school student says he may file a lawsuit against a physical education teacher who took a Mexican flag he had brought for Cinco de Mayo and put it in the garbage.” Associated Press….

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Missouri Organizers Defeat Ward Connerly’s Initiative; US May Punish Countries that Refuse Deportees

by The News on May 6 2008, 8:09AM

Ward Connerly Fails in Missouri WeCAN, ACORN, and Missouri Jobs for Justice successfully organized against Connerly’s efforts to ban affirmative action in the state. Not gathering enough signatures for a petition to get the initiative on the ballot in Missouri,…

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Mildred Loving Leaves “Freedom to Marry” Legacy

by Jonathan Adams on May 5 2008, 9:05AM

Mildred Loving, 68, the Black woman who, with her husband, challenged Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage led to a landmark Supreme Court in 1967 striking down such laws nationwide, has died, Loving Day, a celebration of interracial couples, was…

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States Release Inmates Early; Immigrants Dying in Detention Centers

by The News on May 5 2008, 7:22AM

No Information on Detained Immigrants’ Deaths ICE reports that 66 people have died between January 2004 and November 2007, but there are not many details about these deaths. As immigrants’ loved ones attempt to gather more information, they are met…

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May Day Rallies Seem Smaller Than Previous Years

by The News on May 2 2008, 9:00AM

Immigration Debate Goes Viral “Equipped with a small video camera, a laptop and a point of view, filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park are trying to influence the heated immigration debate in a suburban Virginia county outside Washington.” CNN. Without…

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Latino Remittances Slow; Mandela on Terrorist List

by The News on May 1 2008, 7:58AM

Latinos’ Remittances Slow With Recession As Latino immigrants experience greater hardships in the United States—with lower income and less job security—more than three million people have not been able to send money to family in their home countries during the…

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Obama “Outraged” by Wright; LAPD Dismissed All Profiling Complaints

by The News on April 30 2008, 7:45AM

DNA Frees an Innocent Black Man After 27 Years “A Dallas man who spent more than 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was freed Tuesday, after being incarcerated longer than any other wrongfully convicted U.S. inmate…

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Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law; Lawmakers Promise Federal Look Into Bell Case

by The News on April 29 2008, 7:12AM

Elvira Arellano’s Son Speaks at Chicago May Day Rally Returning to the city where he lived in a church with his mother for a year, Saul Arellano, 9, will participate in immigration rallies in Chicago. Saul is hesitant about his…

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Debbie Almontaser Covers NYT; Amadou Diallo Case Rings a Bell for New Yorkers

by The News on April 28 2008, 7:30AM

New AZ Proposal Seeks to Silence Race and “Anti-American” Teachings In response to a controversy surrounding an ethnic-studies program in the Tucson Unified School District, Rep. Russell Pearce introduced a measure endorsed by a legislative panel Wednesday that would withhold…

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Detectives Fired Fifty Shots, Acquitted in Sean Bell Case; Hmong Outdoors Club Formed

by The News on April 25 2008, 9:45AM

NYC Detectives Acquitted in Sean Bell CaseDetectives Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora were found not guilty of charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment in the death of Sean Bell, 23, and the wounding of two of his friends. Iowans…

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Polls: Race Still Matters to Voters; Stamp Honors Latino Journalist

by The News on April 24 2008, 9:38AM

Visible Man Author Colson Whitehead reflects on his invisibility and how it feels to be looked at as, “The Guy Who Got Where He Is Only Because He’s Black.” New York Times. Broken Virtual Border Scrapped After spending $20 million…

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US Leads the World’s Inmate Count; Murdoch Wants More Media

by Jonathan Adams on April 23 2008, 7:28AM

US Imprisons Quarter of World’s Inmates At rates six times the median of all nations, the United States is the leads the world by far in producing prisoners. Some blame the use of imprisonment for numerous nonviolent crimes for the…

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Army and Marine Corps Recruits More Felons; Bronx Co-op Greens Neighborhood

by The News on April 22 2008, 7:03AM

Pentagon OKs More Felons to Serve in War On top of evidence that people of color are overrepresented in armed forces and prisons, 2007 numbers indicate the Army and Marine Corps are providing more waivers to felons as a way…

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Pope Addresses Immigration During U.S. Visit; New ‘Harold and Kumar’ Movie Confronts Race

by The News on April 21 2008, 7:23AM

Pope Says Just Enough on Immigration Steering clear of questions on immigration reform in the United States, Pope Benedict XVI, during his visit in New York, was sure to acknowledge the importance of human rights and family unity for immigrants….

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Global Food Costs Continue to Rise; Lawmakers to Probe Into Sewage Research in Poor Neighborhoods

by The News on April 18 2008, 8:30AM

Haiti’s Hunger Felt Around the Globe Not just in Haiti, the global food prices continue to soar out of the reach of families across the world. Economist, Jeffrey D. Sachs say, “It’s the worst crisis of its kind in more…

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ICE Raids Six States; Students Protest Schwarzenegger’s Cuts

by The News on April 17 2008, 8:40AM

Poet Aime Cesaire DIes at 94 From Martinique, Cesaire was a poet and crusader for West Indian rights. “Cesaire helped found the “Black Student” journal in Paris in the 1930s that launched the idea of “negritude,” urging blacks to cultivate…

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New Jersey Directive Racially Profiles Immigrants; Films Recount Untold “Orangeburg Massacre”

by The News on April 16 2008, 9:31AM

New Jersey Police Break Law With Immigration Crackdown? An editorial in the New York Times, today, calls for New Jersey police to scale back their involvement in immigration issues. Going far beyond the racial profiling required directive by the New…

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Bob Johnson Agrees With Ferraro on Obama; Sean Bell Case in Jury’s Hands

by The News on April 15 2008, 6:51AM

After Closing Arguments, Jury to Decide Guild in Sean Bell Case The trials of three detectives accused of fatally shooting 23 year old Sean Bell 50 times in Queens, New York, ended Monday, and are now in the hands of…

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Insurance Cos. Hike Co-Pays; Immigrants Share Their Stories

by The News on April 14 2008, 8:48AM

Food Crisis Affects 100 Million The World Bank announced today that the global food crisis that has fueled riots in Haiti will affect 100 million people in the world’s most impoverished nations. WorldBank.org Insurance Companies Hike Co-Pays Health care is…

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Clinton, Obama Address Welfare Reform; US Farmers Move to Mexico

by The News on April 11 2008, 7:36AM

Welfare Reform Debate Returns As a recession inevitably looms over the country, Hillary Clinton is being forced to reexamine her support for welfare reform during her husband’s run for the presidency in 1996. Clinton, however, along with Barack Obama, is…

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