Program Aims to Improve Law Enforcement and Community Relations

By | July 31st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

With community and police relations going from a simmer to a boil in many cities around the country, a San Diego philanthropist has created a program that brings together three universities, law enforcement agencies and the public for focus groups followed by attendance at sporting events.

San Diego State University, the University of San Diego

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A ‘unique’ opportunity for investors spells mass eviction for tenants

By | July 30th, 2018|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

Life at The Driftwood apartments was far from perfect. Tenants said the plumbing was prone to leaks and once in a while a cockroach might scamper through the kitchen.

But rent, at $800 or less a month, was doable. And the cream-colored building on Pacific Avenue in Long Beach held special memories.

For Jonaya Chadwick, 19, it

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L.A. County sheriff announces inquiry into secret societies of deputies and their matching tattoos

By | July 27th, 2018|Police & Community|

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has launched a comprehensive inquiry into secret deputy cliques and is looking into whether gangs that condone illicit behavior are operating within his ranks, he said Thursday.

McDonnell’s announcement at a meeting of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission comes two weeks after allegations surfaced that as many as 20 deputies

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DeVos Will Join Turning Point USA, Conservative Campus Group, at Conference

By | July 24th, 2018|Education|

Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Education Department will appear alongside Charlie Kirk, the controversial founder of Turning Point USA, as part of the group’s High School Leadership Summit, taking place this week in Washington, the Education Department announced on Monday.

Turning Point USA is a right-wing group that has caused an upheaval among campus conservatives,

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Judge allows lawsuit targeting California’s ‘sanctuary state’ laws to go forward

By | July 20th, 2018|Immigration|

An Orange County Superior Court judge has given the green light to Huntington Beach’s lawsuit opposing California’s “sanctuary state” protections for immigrants in the country illegally, denying the state’s attempt to delay it.

An expedited trial is scheduled for Sept. 27 before Judge

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Attorneys’ report slams conditions for migrant children at U.S. detention centers

By | July 20th, 2018|Immigration, Police & Community|

Attorneys who recently visited Border Patrol stations, ports of entry and family detention centers filed a scathing report this week alleging that the federal government is not adequately caring for minors in its custody.

Children and their parents interviewed by the attorneys described

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MUSLIM AMERICANS SEE A MAJOR SPIKE IN HATE CRIMES—AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

By | July 18th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

Muslim-American community advocates recorded a surge in reports of Islamophobic incidents this year amid what some say is the government’s sanctioning of xenophobia directed at their community. Despite this uptick in bigotry, there’s been an unprecedented number of Muslim Americans running for office in the upcoming mid-term elections—a sign, some say, of a so-called blue

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Closed for Business: Trump Administration Moves to Shrink Grounds for Asylum

By | July 18th, 2018|Immigration|

The kidnappings and mass killings were a fact of daily life for Francisco Miguel-Francisco, a young man living in Cerro Martín, a small village tucked into the indigenous highlands of Guatemala. He grew up in fear of the warring factions that battled for control of the region and that would kill without hesitation

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‘We cannot take care of these inmates’: Victorville prison strains to handle hundreds of immigrant detainees

By | July 13th, 2018|Immigration|

Immigration detainees who were sent to a federal prison in Victorville last month were kept in their cells for prolonged periods with little access to the outside and were unable to change their clothing for weeks, according to workers at the facility and visitors who have spoken with

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Hate crimes rise in California for third straight year, state report says

By | July 11th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

Hate crimes increased across California for the third straight year in 2017, an uptick experts have blamed on President Trump’s vitriolic rhetoric toward minorities and the resurgence of hate groups in the state.

There were 1,093 reported hate crimes in California in 2017, a 17.4% increase, according to a report

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