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This College Is on the Front Lines of America’s Divides. Here’s How It’s Working to Bridge Them.

By | September 7th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

On the front lines of the nation’s divides are campuses like MiraCosta College’s.

The community college, which stretches 25 miles along the Southern California coast, includes precincts that voted for Donald Trump and those that voted for Hillary Clinton. It includes communities where the median property value is $2 million and those where the median annual

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NEW RESEARCH DEBUNKS THE UPWARD MOBILITY MYTH

By | September 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

In America, if you’re ambitious and work hard, you can move up the socioeconomic ladder. At least, that’s the truism we all grew up believing.

But new research suggests such social mobility is far from the norm. It finds you are significantly more likely to hold a high-status (which usually means higher-paying) job if your parents

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Black Activists Need Not Apply

By | September 6th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

College admissions leaders say — over and over again — that they want to recruit minority students. But a new study suggests that when it comes to black students, admissions officers may be more likely to encourage those who aren’t involved in black activism.

The study was just published in the journal Sociology of Race and

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Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Affirmative Action Win Justice Dept. Support

By | August 31st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department lent its support on Thursday to students who are suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies that they claim discriminate against Asian-American applicants, in a case that could have far-reaching consequences in college admissions.

In a so-called statement of interest, the department supported the claims of the plaintiffs, a group of

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Chemnitz Protests Show New Strength of Germany’s Far Right

By | August 31st, 2018|Extremism, Intergroup Relations|

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Waving German flags, with some flashing Nazi salutes, the angry mob made its way through the streets, chasing after dark-skinned bystanders as police officers, vastly outnumbered, were too afraid to intervene.

A Syrian refugee and father of two, Anas al-Nahlawie, watched horrified from a friend’s fourth-floor balcony. They were hunting in packs for

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U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

By | August 30th, 2018|Immigration, Intergroup Relations|

PHARR, Tex. — On paper, he’s a devoted U.S. citizen.

His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas. He spent his life wearing American uniforms: three years as a private in the Army, then as a cadet in the Border Patrol and now as

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Former police officer convicted of murder for shooting unarmed black teen

By | August 29th, 2018|Police & Community|

DALLAS — A white former police officer was found guilty of murder Tuesday in the April 2017 shooting of an African American teenager and could face up to life in prison.

Roy Oliver had testified that he was defending his partner when he fired into a car leaving a house party in the Dallas suburb of

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LAPD inspector general raises concern over officers’ actions with people accused of resisting arrest

By | August 29th, 2018|Police & Community|

The homeless man refused to take down his tent, so the police officers decided to arrest him for resisting them.

As the situation grew increasingly tense, an officer used a Taser on the man, who wore only boxer shorts, even though he was not acting violently and was not likely to be concealing a weapon.

The incident,

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs overhaul of bail system, saying now ‘rich and poor alike are treated fairly’

By | August 29th, 2018|Police & Community|

California Gov. Jerry Brown has championed legislation and ballot measures downgrading drug crimes, expanding chances of early release for prisoners and easing punishment for juvenile offenders.

On Tuesday, he ushered in one of the most sweeping criminal justice reforms of his administration, signing a bill abolishing the state’s current money bail system, and replacing it with

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ICE arrests in courtrooms escalate feud between California and Trump administration over immigration policy

By | August 29th, 2018|Immigration, Police & Community|

Yovanny Ontiveros-Cebreros arrived at the Sacramento courthouse expecting to plead not guilty to felony drug charges and be allowed to go home. His attorney had said that was standard procedure.

Instead, an immigration agent approached the 38-year-old after his arraignment and put him in handcuffs, saying he was wanted for unlawful reentry into the United States.

With

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