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How Public Policy Built The Racial Wealth Divide

How Public Policy Built The Racial Wealth Divide

by on May 3 2013, 11:55AM

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes on a foul 1950’s housing market practice that ropped black wealth and helped set the conditions for the current racial wealth gap.

Topics: /NOW

More Dying Prisoners Could Be Released To End Life

by on May 2 2013, 12:39PM

A new report from the Justice Department reveals that federal prison authorities give no serious consideration to releasing dying prisoners even though the releases are legal. The report recommends expanding the compassionate release program.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Major Companies Rely On Underground Labor Brokers That Charge Workers High Fees

by on May 1 2013, 5:16PM

Some of the country’s biggest temp agencies and high profile companies regularly delegate hiring and employment services to a network of underground labor brokers that charge workers obligatory fees for rides to their jobs and to cash checks. The fees…

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Is Facebook's Push for Immigration Reform More Sinister Than It Seems?

Is Facebook’s Push for Immigration Reform More Sinister Than It Seems?

by on May 1 2013, 2:11PM

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently started a group to back immigration reform. But his real goal may be to secure a source of low-wage workers for businesses like his.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Unregulated Lenders Now Target Pensioners

Unregulated Lenders Now Target Pensioners

by on April 30 2013, 4:43PM

Predatory “pension advance” companies are hawking high interest loans to aging Americans. People of color are set up to take the worst hit.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Tangled Meanings--and Misuses--of 'Radicalization'

The Tangled Meanings—and Misuses—of ‘Radicalization’

by on April 25 2013, 8:50AM

Everybody wants to know whether and how the Tsarnaev’s religious views radicalized them. But is that even the right question? And what are its implications?

Topics: Boston Bombing, National Security

Chicago Fast Food and Retail Workers Strike

Chicago Fast Food and Retail Workers Strike

by on April 24 2013, 9:29AM

Fast food and retail workers are striking in downtown Chicago. It’s the latest in a series of mass actions for higher wages and union rights by services sector employees.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

On Immigration, Points Of Conflict Crystallize As Senators Plunge Into Debate

On Immigration, Points Of Conflict Crystallize As Senators Plunge Into Debate

by on April 23 2013, 3:05PM

The immigration bill introduced by a group of Senators last week was the subject of a third Judiciary Committee hearing today where the outlines of the hard policy fight ahead came squarely into view.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Sen. Durbin Schools Anti-Immigration Leader, Reminds Him Voters Rejected Self Deportation

Sen. Durbin Schools Anti-Immigration Leader, Reminds Him Voters Rejected Self Deportation

by on April 22 2013, 4:01PM

Anti-immigration leader Kris Kobach argued for “self deportation” today at a Senate committee hearing but Sen. Dick Durban shut him down.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Boston Rattles Immigration Reform Hearings

Boston Rattles Immigration Reform Hearings

by on April 22 2013, 2:25PM

Senators on all sides of immigration negotiations are getting testy about how Boston should or should not matter.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Can Low-Income Immigrants Afford Citizenship?

by on April 19 2013, 4:21PM

Immigration reform promises millions a path to citizenship, but will some be left out because it’s too expensive?

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Expands ‘Alternatives’ to Detention

by on April 19 2013, 2:24PM

The Gang of Eight Senate immigration bill would take small but important steps to reform the immigration detention system.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Sen. Grassley Conflates Immigration Reform With Boston Violence

Sen. Grassley Conflates Immigration Reform With Boston Violence

by on April 19 2013, 11:34AM

Senate Republicans begin to speculate about whether Boston attacks should shape the immigration reform effort.

Topics: Immigration Reform, National Security, /NOW

Modest Racial Profiling Protections In Senate Immigration Bill

by on April 18 2013, 3:53PM

The Senate immigration bill includes small but important checks on racial profiling by immigration agents.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

No Obamacare or Safety Net While on Senate's Path to Citizenship

No Obamacare or Safety Net While on Senate’s Path to Citizenship

by on April 18 2013, 11:57AM

That’s a long wait for a disproportionately poor population—that will continue paying taxes for benefits they can’t access.

Topics: Health, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW, Obamacare

In Immigration Bill, More Criminal Prosecutions For Deportees Who Try To Return

by on April 18 2013, 9:50AM

The Gang of Eight immigration reform bill will expand criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing over the border. Many of those prosecuted are held in private prisons.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

A Synopsis (in Progress) of the Senate's Immigration Bill

A Synopsis (in Progress) of the Senate’s Immigration Bill

by on April 18 2013, 8:58AM

Colorlines’ Seth Freed Wessler is plowing through all 844 pages. Here’s the big picture thus far.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

On Visas, Senate Bill Clears Family Backlog, But Closes Diversity Door

On Visas, Senate Bill Clears Family Backlog, But Closes Diversity Door

by on April 17 2013, 3:10PM

The Gang of Eight immigration bill will cut whole categories of visas for siblings and will do away with the Diversity Lottery that many African immigrants rely on.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Same-Sex Couples Are Not Part Of Immigration Reform Bill

Same-Sex Couples Are Not Part Of Immigration Reform Bill

by on April 17 2013, 1:20PM

The immigration reform bill from the Senate excludes gay and lesbian couples from petitioning for non-citizen partners.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Immigration Bill's Criminal Checks Include 'Gang Affiliation' Without Conviction

Immigration Bill’s Criminal Checks Include ‘Gang Affiliation’ Without Conviction

by on April 17 2013, 12:45PM

The Gang of Eight bill will bar people with gang affiliations and many criminal offenses from a path to citizenship and does nothing to change the “aggravated felony” laws.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW