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MLK’s Unfinished Business

Since his death in 1968, the civil and human rights movement has carried on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work, broken down barriers, and created new opportunities for many who once faced exclusion and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national … Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: NAACP, Voter ID & Civil Rights; Upward Mobility?; TX Defends Voter ID Law

Compiled by Maddie Peare, a Summer 2012 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern NAACP Head Likens Fight Against Voter ID Laws to Civil Rights Battles of 1960s Associated Press Although many conservatives argue that the implementation of Voter ID laws will … Continue reading

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Raise the Minimum Wage

Think about trying to live on a job that pays the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. How far will your paycheck go? What if you have to drive to that job or pay for daycare for a child? If … Continue reading

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Michelle Alexander Talks Ending the War on Drugs on the Colbert Report

Civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander was on the Colbert Report last night to talk about her book, “The New Jim Crow.” Continue reading

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Low-Income People Pay More State Taxes Than Richest 1 Percent

Infographic about the relative state tax burdens of the bottom 20 percent of earners and the top 1 percent. Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: U.S. Lacks Class Mobility; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Directed and Ready; Students Blocked from the Polls

Harder for Americans to Rise From Lower Rungs Jason DeParle, New York Times It is becoming increasingly well-documented that there is less social mobility in the United States than other industrialized nations. While poverty and unemployment plague us, income inequality … Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: Obama Discusses Rising Cost of Education; DC Achievement Gap; Health Care Law

College Leaders Meet with Obama to Discuss Costs and Productivity Tamar Lewin, The New York Times President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conferred with a dozen college presidents, mostly from public institutions, and leaders of two nonprofit … Continue reading

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