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Amid anti-immigrant and racial clashes, ethnic studies programs blossom in public schools

By | February 16th, 2018|Education|

As public debates swirl around “Dreamers,” President Trump’s border wall and Black Lives Matter, the study of race and ethnicity is booming in public schools.

Nationwide, states and school systems are refining, expanding or adopting courses that explore history, literature and politics through

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ICE steps up enforcement at businesses in California, targeting employers and workers

By | February 16th, 2018|Immigration|

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents put on their navy blue jackets and walked into a trucking company’s office in Carson this week, sending waves of anxiety rippling through the building.

In the lobby, a nervous office manager greeted the team from ICE’s

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No Room for Debate: Senate Floor Fight Over Immigration Is a Bust

By | February 16th, 2018|Immigration|

WASHINGTON — In terms of rip-roaring debates, it certainly didn’t rival Calhoun versus Webster. It definitely was not in the pantheon with Lincoln and Douglas. In fact, it really didn’t even measure up to Biden meets Palin.

The promised freewheeling, take-on-all-comers Senate showdown over immigration policy never really

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Amid tense immigration climate, LAPD revises rules for working with ICE, place-of-birth questions

By | February 14th, 2018|Immigration, Police & Community|

Students of the Academia Avance charter school in Highland Park, and many of their parents, were on edge last February.

It was the morning after a classmate’s father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, had been detained by federal immigration agents as he dropped off his children at school. So when a parent drove by and spotted uniformed law

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Applications for college aid through the California Dream Act are down again

By | February 13th, 2018|Education, Immigration|

Each year, California invites students who are in the country without legal permission to apply for the same financial aid packages available to others. But officials once again are concerned that fears are keeping those they want to help from seeking the funding.

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The Justice Department Wants To Get Rid Of A Civil Rights–Era “Peacemaker” Office

By | February 13th, 2018|Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

The Justice Department’s latest budget proposal would eliminate all funding for the Community Relations Service, an office established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to serve as a self-described “peacemaker” in communities facing racial tensions and hate crimes.

The department’s proposed budget would get rid of the office’s $15.4 million in funding

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Video of officer body-slamming female student sparks debate, soul-searching

By | February 12th, 2018|Education, Police & Community|

It began with a police officer trying to deal with a willful student who refused to leave the campus of Helix Charter High School. It quickly escalated into a physical altercation where the officer body-slammed the handcuffed teenage girl to the ground as she tried to get away.

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L.A. considers cutting through red tape to get homeless people housed faster

By | February 12th, 2018|Employment & Housing|

As Los Angeles politicians face mounting pressure to combat the homelessness crisis, the City Council is weighing two measures aimed at clearing obstacles to getting more people into housing.

But the proposed laws have stirred up concerns among critics who fear they will

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Planners of Deadly Charlottesville Rally Are Tested in Court

By | February 12th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

In the hours after last summer’s white power rally in Charlottesville, Va., erupted into violence, the planners of the protest mounted a defense: While much of the country may have found their racist chants and Nazi iconography deplorable, they claimed that they had a First Amendment right to self-expression, and

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