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Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, […]

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What Partisan Gridlock? Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott Join on LEAP Act

In an era of partisan gridlock two senators from opposing parties have come together with legislation aimed at putting Americans back to work. It becomes more noteworthy that the two senators are the only African-Americans in the United States Senate. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced the Leveraging and Energizing America’s […]

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Election 2014: Georgia 1+2+3 = Modern Voting Rights Movement #GA123

Last week I participated in #GA123 — one of the most cutting edge civic engagement events this election cycle. This “cross-platform” social media conference attracted over a hundred political leaders from the southeast region including representatives from labor, progressives, civil rights, women, youth and people of color. Featured speakers included AFL-CIO Executive Council member and […]

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Voto Latino celebrates 10 year anniversary with Power Summit in NYC

Voto Latino, a civic engagement organization that targets young Latinos, is celebrating its ten year anniversary. For the past two days in New York City, young Latinos have been attending the first of four Power Summits being held throughout the country. The goal of the Power Summit conferences is to educate and empower young people […]

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Rep. Thompson Drops Bill for Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney Gold Medal

Rep. Bennie Thompson filed legislation this week to award three murdered civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the Congressional Gold Medal.  The fiftieth anniversary of their murders is in June.  The three civil rights’ workers were shot dead at close range in June of 1964 by members of the Ku Klux […]


 
 

 
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How do you push Latinas to be tech entrepreneurs?

This post originally appeared in Más Wired.  Just 1.5% of computing occupations in the country are filled by Latinas, a startling Bureau of Labor Statistics number that illustrates the importance of pushing Latinas into the t...
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DHS considering two changes to scale back deportations

On Thursday, the White House sent out an announcement after meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus indicating that President Obama had asked the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to review current pr...
by Adriana Maestas
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Texting & Driving #1 Teen Killer, Simulator Tries to Drive the Message Home

Drinking and driving used to be the number one killer of teenagers. No more, as texting while driving causes more than 3,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries annually among teens. An estimated 2,700 teens die and 282,000 are injured...
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Wireless is an Essential Service and Should Not Face Sin Taxes

MyWireless.org, a broad-based coalition of wireless consumers, recently released its National Tax Survey highlighting growing dissatisfaction with ever-increasing taxes on wireless goods and services. Of the consumers surveyed,...
by Kristal High
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Tu Visión Canal is video for Latinos, by Latinos

This post originally appeared in Más Wired. At South by Southwest this year we ran into Ulysses Alvarado, founder of Tu Visión Canal, a video platform for Latinos. He described TVC as a social video sharing site and mobile a...
by Sara Inés Calderón
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New Nuclear Reactor Underway, Thanks to Southern Company & Obama Administration

More than thirty years have passed since America built any new nuclear reactors. Now, that’s all about to change. Mindful of the growing importance of nuclear energy to a sustainable clean energy future, the Obama Administrat...
by Kristal High
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House GOP votes on Enforce the Law Act, signaling tough stance on immigration

On Wednesday, the House GOP passed a bill that goes after President Obama’s alleged overreach on issues ranging from Obamacare to education, but notably takes aim at the DREAMers or deferred action recipients, the undocum...
by Adriana Maestas
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Mobile Devices Shouldn’t Create the Next Digital Divide

Like most things in life when it comes to accessing the Internet price and relevance matter. Add to that the need to communicate on the go, whether calling a family member who is watching your young child, text messaging a frie...
by Kristal High
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As Most Avid Smartphone Users, Latinos Want Lower Wireless Taxes

A recent study by Nielsen says that Latinos are adopting and using smartphones at rates higher than any other ethnic or racial group.  As revealed in the latest Digital Consumer Report, even as Americans generally shift toward...
by Kristal High
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Paul Ryan: Inner City Comments Had “Nothing to Do Whatsoever With Race”

Ryan: Poverty Discussion Had Nothing to do with Race. After comments Wednesday morning on Bill Bennett’s radio show Morning in America, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained Wednesday afternoon that his discussion with Bennett ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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What would Cesar Chavez tweet?

This post originally appeared in Más Wired. If historic United Farm Workers of America organizer César Chávez had access to Twitter and other online organizing platforms, what would he have tweeted? “Sí se puede,” said ...
by Sara Inés Calderón
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What’s keeping black women out of tech?

This post originally appeared in Más Wired. These, according to panelists on Saturday’s “Black Women in Tech: Uncovering Barriers to Entry” panel at South by Southwest, are the top three barriers to black women looking t...
by Sara Inés Calderón
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Wireless Use Surges and Competition Abounds

Without doubt, the wireless revolution is upon us, and it shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. As policymakers and representatives from the tech and telecom sectors talk spectrum auctions and Communications Act Updates, wire...
by Kristal High
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Comcast Extends Internet Essentials Indefinitely, Grants $1 Million for Learning Zones

Comcast’s recent announcement that it will extend its Internet Essentials program indefinitely, and will expand it to Time Warner Cable markets pending closure of their merger, is welcome news. The digital divide is a serious...
by Kristal High
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Black Unemployment 12%, Youth 32%

Black unemployment for February was 12%.  It’s not a big change from January, which was 12.1%.  Youth unemployment was 32% — a four point improvement from January.  The statistics reveal consistently that one in ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Sen. Schumer joins chorus of Senators asking President to halt deportations

On Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer chimed in about what the President should do if the House fails to pass an immigration reform bill by September. The New York Democrat told Politico: “We remain focused on passing a bala...
by Adriana Maestas
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The Worst 12 Seconds of Darrell Issa’s Antics

Obstruction on Display. Yesterday when Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa shut off the mic of Rep. Elijah Cummings, there were several embarrassing sub-moments. But what were the worst 12 seconds of what Issa did yesterd...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Southern Company Receives Top Accolades from Fortune Magazine

Southern Company, one of the most preeminent electricity companies in the country was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s 2014 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for the fifth year in the row.  Southern Company, wi...
by Kristal High
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60 Years for Shooting Drywall? Angela Corey Switches Marissa Alexander’s Punishment

Wasn’t Alexander Just Serving 20 Years Concurrently for the Same Charges? In a case where no one was shot or injured, Florida prosecutor Angela Corey has announced she intends to effectively triple the punishment in the c...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Better late than never: NCLR’s Janet Murguia calls President ‘deporter-in-chief’

According to a report published in Politico, Janet Murgia, the President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, is now calling out the President for his record br...
by Adriana Maestas
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