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Obama and Calderon Keeping Mum on Immigration, and Other News

by The News on April 17 2009, 12:51PM

Obama and Calderon Keeping Mum on Immigration During President Obama’s first official visit to Mexico, he and Mexico’s PResident Felipe Calderon, cautiously addressed the issue of immigration reform, withholding specific details on what their immigration agendas would really involve. Chicago…

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Black Men Ignored When They Go Missing, and Other News

by The News on April 16 2009, 11:18AM

Immigrant Housecleaners in Economic Freefall The number of unemployed workers skyrocketed to a record 5.84 million this year. But what’s not included in that statistic is the number of laid-off undocumented domestic workers who are barely making ends meet, squatting…

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Not Speaking English Carries High Costs, and Other News

by The News on April 14 2009, 12:04PM

Organized Labor Agrees to Push for Immigration Reform Leaders from labor groups AFL-CIO and Change to Win announced they will join forces under a set of unified principles to push for comprehensive immigration reform this year. New York Times Schwarzenegger…

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Betty Brown Apologizes, and Other News

by The News on April 13 2009, 9:58AM

Betty Brown Apologizes for Asking Asians to Change Their Names Just days after Texas Rep. Betty Brown suggested that Asians adopt names that “we could deal with more readily here,” community outrage forced Brown to issue an apology on her…

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Racism Behind Black Barbershop Raids, and Other News

by The News on April 10 2009, 9:45AM

ACLU Alleges Racism Behind Black Barbershop Raids The ACLU of Southern California has filed a lawsuit against the city of Moreno Valley and its police force for conducting allegedly unwarranted, racially motivated searches on Black-owned barbershops. Black Voice News Jump…

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Texas Mall Closes Doors on Blacks, and Other News

by The News on April 9 2009, 10:51AM

Obama to Push Immigration as a Priority The President has announced that immigration reform is not his top priority, but this May he will begin to work on making the immigration system more orderly and open up citizenship opportunities for…

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The Usual Suspects

by Michelle Chen on April 9 2009, 5:00AM

From the department of easy scapegoats: Media Matters has released a round-up of the mainstream media’s various potshots against immigrants, ACORN, and generally, people often demonized by the political establishment when they’re not neglected by it. Not a real…

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Mumia’s Conviction Stands, and Other News

by The News on April 7 2009, 4:32PM

Budget Cuts Hurt American Indian School Teachers In February, a total of 34 teachers and school staff were given pink slips at an off-rez high school for American Indian students without greivance pay. The Press Enterprise Unemployment Pushes Hmongs to…

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White Firefighters Sue, Claiming Reverse Discrimination

by The News on April 6 2009, 12:36PM

White Firefighters Sue For Reverse Discrimination Several white firefighters are suing the city of New Haven, Connecticut for reverse discrimination after their scores from a promotional test were thrown out. Supporters of the city’s decision to reject the scores believe…

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Iowa OK’s Gay Marriage, and Other News

by The News on April 3 2009, 3:35PM

Iowa’s Supreme Court Rules That Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional The unanimous ruling struck down a 1998 law that recognized only marriages between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriages in that state can begin in less than a month. New…

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Breaking News: Gunman Opens Fire in Immigration Services Center

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2009, 12:26PM

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy via: NY Times Twelve or 13 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y., Gov. David A. Paterson said Friday….

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U.S. to Native Hawaiians: Sorry Is All You Get

by The News on April 2 2009, 7:32PM

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Native Claim to Hawaiian Lands The court found that an apology for the illegal overthrow of Hawaii’s monarchy 100 years ago is enough to deny Native Hawaiians their land trusts to the island. The ruling…

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Some Homeowners Prefer Unaffordable Housing in Times of Crisis

by The News on March 31 2009, 4:57PM

Lawmakers Demand Bailout Money for Communities of Color Members of the National Black Caucus and leaders of hundreds of trade associations met with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill on Monday to make sure people of color and…

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Teacher Layoffs Cut Down On Diversity, and Other News

by The News on March 30 2009, 12:55PM

Project Labor Agreements May Overlook Women, People of Color President Obama’s executive order urging the use of project labor agreements with labor unions, which are largely comprised of white males, may prevent women and people of color in the construction…

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Rockfeller Drug Laws Revisit “Jim Crow” Era

by The News on March 27 2009, 8:04AM

Blacks and Latinos Hit Harder, Faster By Recession Layoffs Systemic practices that have kept many Blacks and Latinos in blue-collar jobs are making them vulnerable in the recession with unemployment at higher rates than whites. The News Journal. Rockfeller Drug…

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Hard Times Can’t Keep Native Radio Down

by The News on March 26 2009, 4:59PM

Report Claims U.S. Immigrant Detentions Violate Human Rights Amnesty International released a report yesterday that criticized U.S. immigration detentions, saying tens of thousands of people remain in the centers waiting for court hearings to determine whether or not their detentions…

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Israeli Soldiers Advertise War Crimes on T-shirts, and Other News

by The News on March 24 2009, 3:03PM

Israeli Soldiers’ Shirts Joke About Killing Arabs Military misconduct charges against the Israeli Army increase as several soldiers were caught wearing t-shirts printed with an image of a pregnant veiled woman caught between two rifles with the slogan “1 Shot…

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ABC’s Social Experiment Measures Reactions to Racism

by The News on March 23 2009, 11:05AM

Indiana Experiences Immigrant Exodus The recession has forced many Latino immigrants to leave Northeast Indiana in search of work, taking a toll on remittances sent to their families. Chicago Tribune. Wealth Gap Widens Between Blacks, Whites Black prospective homeowners continue…

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Richard Aoki 1938-2009

by Hatty Lee on March 20 2009, 10:04AM

Trailer for documentary on Richard Aoki On March 15, 2009, activist Richard Aoki passed away due to complications from longstanding medical problems. He dedicated his life to the struggle for human rights and the former Black Panther leaves legacy…

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Latinos Fear False Numbers On Census

by The News on March 20 2009, 7:49AM

Latinos Wary Of Misleading Numbers On Census Latino advocacy groups are concerned that widespread foreclosure rates hitting communities of color will affect 2010 census data. Washington Post. Blacks Wait and See On Stimulus Money In North Carolina, civil rights groups…

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