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In Effort to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, L.A. City Council Votes to Draft Law Decriminalizing Street Vending
KTLAFebruary 1, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to draft a law that would decriminalize sidewalk vending, in an effort to protect immigrants vulnerable to deportation. A street vendor sell fruits and in the Fashion District in Los Angeles in an undated ...more »

The Trump Administration Is Apparently Ignoring Court Orders
RewireFebruary 1, 2017

It is the primary role and mission of the United States Marshals Service to provide for the security and to obey, execute, and enforce all orders of the United States District Courts, the United States Courts of Appeals, the Court of International ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The President Has Much Power Over Immigration, but How Much?
New York TimesFebruary 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump's executive order on immigration has prompted a constitutional showdown that could leave a mark on the law for generations and seems likely to end in a landmark Supreme Court decision. A ruling by the court on Mr.more »

Freedom Of Press
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At a glance: The Johnson Amendment
Press HeraldFebruary 3, 2017

WHAT IT DOES: The law prohibits tax-exempt charitable organizations such as churches from participating directly or indirectly in any political campaign to support or oppose a candidate. That means no donations to ... in enforcing the law. Revoking a ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Focus on the relationship you want to have
TheadanewsFebruary 4, 2017

... Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Berkeley Protest, Trump Tweet Highlight Academia's Free Speech Tightrope
U.S. News & World ReportFebruary 2, 2017

The University of California-Berkeley's cancellation of a speech Wednesday by right-wing editor Milo Yiannopoulos after a campus protest turned violent again calls into question academia's ability to protect free speech in a highly politicized environment.more »

Native Americans
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Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together
Common DreamsFebruary 1, 2017

For the first time in recent history, a critical mass of Native American, environmental, food, justice, student, and other organizations successfully worked together, linking issues (water, food, climate, and native sovereignty) and constituencies ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Town hall meeting covers eminent domain law, blight
Savannah Morning NewsFebruary 9, 2017

Savannah's District 5 Alderwoman Estella Shabazz on Wednesday held a town hall at Liberty City Community Center regarding eminent domain law and warned the public of its potential consequences to the city's black community. Shabazz, along with ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Most Americans don't want “religious freedom” laws that allow anti ...
SalonFebruary 8, 2017

A majority of Americans oppose discriminating against LGBT people in the name of religion.more »

Freedom Of Information
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End this cult of secrecy: Editorial
Toronto StarFebruary 7, 2017

The bottom line is that a law ostensibly aimed at ensuring “freedom of information” often does exactly the opposite. It can take so long to get records through the FOI process that they become irrelevant. The system stymies the ability of the public ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual harassment complaint filed against Huntington official
NewsdayFebruary 6, 2017

The state agency conducted an investigation and ruled that the case should be heard by an administrative law judge for a final determination. The hearing has not yet been scheduled. Austin's complaint alleges that Gunther once told her she was “ 'too ...more »


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