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GOP Accused of “Racial Politics”, and other news

by The News on July 20 2009, 5:25AM

Embedded video from CNN Video Sen. Leahy Accuses GOP of “Racial Politics” Last Sunday, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) accused Republicans of using “racial politics” to challenge Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Asian Youth Consider…

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Obama Addresses NAACP, and other news

by The News on July 17 2009, 9:12AM

Obama Addresses NAACP at Centennial President Obama delivered his first address to civil rights leaders at the NAACP’s Centennial, recognizing the historical contributions of the organization while urging activists to remain committed in challenging the social inequities of today. Healthcare…

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Obama Opens the Door for Abused Asylees, and Other News

by The News on July 16 2009, 1:37PM

Rody Alvarado, a Guatemalan immigrant, sought asylum in the United States to escape abuse by her partner. New Policy Permits Asylum for Battered Women Obama recently passed a policy that allows domestically abused women to gain US asylum if…

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Mass. Budget Cuts Benefits to Legal Immigrants, and Other News

by The News on July 15 2009, 1:34PM

Massachusetts Ends Health Care for Immigrants In a step backward from pushing universal health care, the new Massachusetts budget eliminates health care coverage for about 30,000 legal immigrants. Indian Congress Seeks Cigarette Act Amendment The National Congress of American Indians…

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Obama Plans Cash Infusion for Community Colleges, and Other News

by The News on July 14 2009, 12:10PM

Community Colleges Receive Federal Funds The Obama Administration plans to distribute $2.5 billion to the nation’s community colleges for construction and renovation of their campuses along with $500 million to develop new online courses and $9 billion to create…

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Unemployment Gap Getting Wider in New York, and other news

by The News on July 13 2009, 6:33AM

Unemployment Racial Gap Wider in NYC In New York City, studies show that unemployment for blacks increasing at a rate four times faster than for whites, a gap that appears to be widening steadily. Swim Club Wants Kids Back Following…

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E-Verify Mandate Clears, and other news

by The News on July 10 2009, 7:06AM

Contractors Required To Use E-Verify The Obama administration has supported the mandate for contractors to use E-Verify, beginning September 8 of this year. The system verifies if employees have legitimate social security numbers, and therefore, determines whether contractors have hired…

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Black Kids Told to Leave PA Pool

by The News on July 9 2009, 12:43PM

Philadelphia Pool Kicks Out Black Campers Roughly 60 campers with the The Creative Steps Day Camp were told to leave a private swim pool at The Valley Swim Club this week. “There was concern that a lot of kids…

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Blacks and Latinos Lose Millions to Payday Loans

by The News on July 7 2009, 12:29PM

Payday Loans Squeeze Millions in Fees from Blacks and Latinos A new study from the Center for Responsible Lending has found that payday loan centers are 8 times more likely to be found in communities of color than white…

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Latino Lawmakers Ask Activists To Support Census, and other news

by The News on July 6 2009, 6:31AM

Latino Lawmakers Urge Activists Not To Boycott Census In Southern California, Rep. Linda Sanchez, along with several Latino lawmakers, are making efforts to stop a boycott of the 2010 Census by immigrant rights activists who are trying to persuade Congress…

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Latinos Lack Board Representation, and Other News

by The News on July 3 2009, 6:15AM

Latinos, People of Color, Lack Board Representation A new report released by the Greenlining Institute revealed that, though a quarter of all board directors out of the 46 of the largest independent foundations in the U.S. are people of color,…


NYC Mayor: Schools Shouldn’t Close for Muslim Holidays

by The News on July 2 2009, 12:24PM

NYC City Council Passes Muslim Holiday Resolution Religious, labor and immigrant groups are calling for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to rescind his rejection of a City Council resolution to close school for two important Muslim Holidays. The Mayor says…

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Census Bureau Seeks Help in Counting Oklahoma Hispanic Population, And Other News

by The News on July 1 2009, 12:35PM

As Oklahoma’s Hispanic Population Grows, Census Bureau Hopes For More Participation U.S census officials want to ensure the participation of Oklahoma Hispanics in order to get a correct count of the population. There is an estimated increase of 100,000…

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Obama Administration Lifts HIV Immigration Ban

by The News on June 30 2009, 1:29PM

Obama Takes First Step in Lifting Ban The Office of Management & Budget just finished the research required to start the process of lifting an immigration ban which denied people diagnosed with HIV entry into the United States. Immigrant…

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Latino Activist Charged With Voter Fraud, and other news

by The News on June 26 2009, 6:20AM

Latino Rights Advocate Charged With Voter Fraud After being suspected for election and voter registration fraud, felony charges have been filed and a warrant issued for the arrest of Orange County-based long-time Latino rights advocate, Nativo V. Lopez. Police Commissioner…

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Bank of America Called Out for Racial Discrimination, and Other News

by The News on June 25 2009, 2:06PM

FL Community Group Launches Campaign Against Bank of America The Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition is staging a hunger strike in protest of the bank’s discriminatory lending practices to borrowers of color. VA Crash Victim’s Family Harassed Over Mother’s…

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EPA Funds Navajo Nation Uranium Eradication, and Other News

by The News on June 24 2009, 1:55PM

photo credit: Environmental Protection Agency Navajo Homes Contaminated by Uranium to be Rebuilt The EPA will spend up to $3 million annually to demolish and rebuild 500 structures in the Navajo Nation that are contaminated with uranium. LA Blacks…

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Arizona Votes on Affirmative Action in 2010, and Other News

by The News on June 23 2009, 12:56PM

AZ Block on Affirmative Action Headed to Ballot The Arizona state senate passed a constitutional amendment that would end affirmative action practices in the state and is now headed to the 2010 ballot. American Indian Health Care Needs Patient…


Support For Gay Marriage in L.A., But Blacks Oppose, and other news

by The News on June 22 2009, 9:44AM

L.A. Supports Same-Sex Marriage But Blacks Still Opposed A recent LA Times poll shows that most voters in Los Angeles support gay marriage, at 56 percent. However, a majority of Blacks still remain opposed to same-sex unions while the Latino…

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CA Might Apologize to Chinese Americans, and Other News

by The News on June 19 2009, 12:09PM

State Considers Official Apology California will decide next week whether or not it will apologize to Chinese Americans for official acts of discrimination such as banning cultural practices and interracial marriages. ACLU Joins Muslim Prisoner Lawsuit The American Civil…

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