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Victory in New Mexico, and Other News

by The News on March 19 2009, 2:54PM

New Mexico Abolishes Death Penalty After visiting a state penitentiary yesterday, Gov. Bill Richardson decided to pass legislation that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Human Rights Watch and other groups have praised…

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Crisis Arrives in Chocolate City, and Other News

by The News on March 17 2009, 3:42PM

D.C.’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Hits Black Men Hardest A new study shows that at least 3 percent of D.C. is infected with HIV or AIDS. Of that group, more than 76 percent are black, 70 percent are men and 70 percent…

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Immigrants Denied Due Process

by The News on March 16 2009, 10:46AM

Immigrants Denied Due Process A computer analysis conducted by the Associated Press shows how tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants are denied due process and remain held in detention centers despite having no criminal records. Associated Press. Accountability for Georgia…

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Healthcare and Education at Your Local Barbershops and Beauty Salons, And More News

by The News on March 13 2009, 7:06AM

Black Men ‘Checking In’ at Barbershop An innovate program for Black men to get in Los Angeles provides personal health care access for many who are uninsured and have been ostracized by the medical community. LA Times. Women Get More…

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Look Out For Your Abuelita On Facebook, and Other News

by The News on March 12 2009, 2:36PM

Blacks and Latinos Have Steeper End-of-Life Costs A new research study shows that Black and Latinos require more intensive, and expensive, end-of-life treatment because they do not receive better health care throughout their lives like white patients. WaPo Texas Police…

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Drawing the Colorline

by The News on March 10 2009, 9:44PM

Court Strips Voting Rights from People of Color In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that districts must have a majority of people of color to be protected under a provision in the Voting Rights Act. Civil rights…

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U.S. Diplomacy Put to Test With UN Race Conference

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

UN Race Conference Acts as Diplomacy Test for Obama Administration The Obama administration will set the tone for U.S. international diplomacy in the next four years by possibly boycotting this year’s UN race conference. LA Times. Obama Understands Holder, Takes…

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Lawsuits, Headscarves and Other News Today

by The News on March 5 2009, 8:09PM

American Indian Farmers File Discrimination Lawsuit Last week, several American Indian farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against the USDA for loan discrimination, claiming damages of at least $500 million. They say because they were denied loans, they were pushed out…

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Racist NY Post Obama Cartoon Spurs Protests

by The News on February 27 2009, 7:24AM

President Obama Prioritizes Higher Ed In Budget President Obama hopes to broaden access to financial aid for higher education by increasing lending from the government. His proposal also incorporates changes for urban, low-income K-12 students based on a successful New…

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Whose Problem Is It?

by The News on February 26 2009, 4:48PM

Native Labor For Free The Rhode Island Indian Council has been training and getting jobs for American Indians since the 1980s. Now it’s offering companies a deal: free Native labor if the companies agree to permanently hire the workers. Providence…

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The Cost of Racism

by The News on February 24 2009, 4:42PM

Wal-Mart Settles in Race Bias Suit The superstore agreed to pay $17.5 million dollars to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against hiring and recruiting Black truck drivers. CNN. American Indians Lose Land to Local Governments…

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Holding ‘Race Card’ High Gets Mixed Response for AG; The Good, Bad, and Ugly With The Stimulus Money

by The News on February 23 2009, 12:20PM

Holder’s Commitment To Race Issues Draws Mixed Response While having received a mixed response for his criticism of Americans’ fear of confronting racial issues, Attorney General Eric Holder has still made it clear that racial issues are of utmost importance…

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Crisis Hits More than the Economy

by The News on February 19 2009, 4:22PM

Arab Headscarves Cause Controversy at Penn. School Two seniors at a Pittsburgh high school agreed to meet with administrators after they were told their kaffiyehs were disruptive in class. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. No Stimulus Money for Virginia Tribes Native American tribes…

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Rinku Sen on the Huffington Post

by Channing Kennedy on February 19 2009, 10:27AM

Head on over to HuffPo to read ARC executive director Rinku Sen’s new blog post on the media’s sensationalist spinning of Eric Holder’s speech on race. Rinku Sen, “It Takes a Nation of Cowards to Prove Eric Holder Right”…

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A Day of Sobering Numbers

by The News on February 18 2009, 4:53AM

100,000 Immigrant Parents Deported Over 10 Years Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced they had deported 108, 434 parents with children who are U.S. citizens. Associated Press. HIV Disproportionately Affects Black Communities…Still Feb. 7 was National Black HIV/AIDS…

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Immigration Legislation for Same-Sex Couples; Oscar Grant Advocates Call for BART Resignations; Recession Hits Immigrants Hard; American Indians Await Key Appointment

by The News on February 13 2009, 8:38AM

Legislation to Offer Legal Residency for Same-Sex Couples Citing family reunification as a motivator, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legistlation that would extend the same immigration opportunities for same-sex couples as opposite-sex couples. AFP Oscar Grant Protesters Demand BART Resignations…

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Border State Increases Deportations; Native American Woman to Serve Obama Administration; and more….

by The News on February 10 2009, 6:46PM

Arizona to Drastically Increase Immigration Enforcement Tuscon’s Border Patrol plans to deport even more people through the Arizona Denial Prosecution Initiative. The program denies immigrants the right to a formal deportation hearing resulting in immediate removal. Associated Press. Obama Appoints…

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Prisons Profit From Detainees; Ground-breaking Boston Mayoral Race; Abe Lincoln Racial Reality Check; Underrespresentation for Communities of Color in Atlanta

by The News on February 9 2009, 11:05AM

Immigration Detention Is Booming Business Massachusetts prisons are capitalizing on millions of federal dollars spent on incarcerating immigrants awaiting deportation. Nationwide, the number of immigrant detainees has nearly quadrupled in the past decade and federal spending is on the rise…

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Much To Celebrate for Black History Month; Civil Rights Bolstered In Obama Agenda; Debating School Closure;

by The News on February 2 2009, 10:51AM

Barack Obama Brings New Life to Black History Month While Black History Month is an annual tradition, this February’s celebration is particularly momentous, as it falls at the heels of Barack Obama’s Inauguration as the country’s first Black President. USA…

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Senate Passes Children’s Health Bill; Obama Delays E-Verify System

by The News on January 30 2009, 7:11AM

Senate Passes Children’s Health Bill Over four million previously uninsured children will now receive government-provided health insurance, as a result of Senate-approved bill passed on Thursday. The bill includes the right for states to utilize federal money for children and…

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