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Ten years later, the players have changed and so have the issues but the central question remains largely the same: Should a public university use race in determining who gets admitted? In a landmark case decided a decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court said the University of Michigan Law School could do so. Today, the high court will be asked if Michigan voters had the right in 2006 to strip that authority away.
The federal government shutdown will impact in different ways some of the nation's more than 2 million civilian workers, about a fifth of whom experts estimate to be people of color. According to various data, African-Americans represent approximately half of the minorities who would be out of work as certain government operations are no longer up and running.
Despite the scary headlines, there are some serious benefits to the Affordable Care Act, particularly for those in communities of color. The effects that the ACA will have on African-American women are particularly noteworthy. Below is a list of five ways Obamacare significantly benefits black women.
Since the Great Recession, large cities faced with rising unemployment and poverty have sought to create local action plans and public-private partnerships to reverse troubling economic trends. One of the first to do so was the city of Savannah, Ga., which initiated an anti-poverty task force as early as 2003.
The condition of Joseph Lowery's wife was critical since she suffered a stroke one week ago. Her family thought she'd be more comfortable at home, and brought her back from the hospital on Wednesday. Longtime family friend David Stokes confirmed that she died Thursday morning.
Advocates for immigrants have gained ground in the last six months in their long fight against a U.S. policy allowing federal immigration officials to screen suspects in local jails. Now they are close to notching their biggest victory yet. In California, lawmakers this month once again passed the Trust Act, which would block local police from holding suspects for immigration agents when they would otherwise be free to go.
In 2011 there were more African Americans in prison or "under the watch" of the justice system than were enslaved in the United States in 1850. Michelle Alexander, the civil rights lawyer turned author, says this is in part because America's criminal justice system perpetuates racial inequities.
The average national premium for an individual policy will be $328 in 2014, before including any of the tax credits that will be available to low- and middle-income Americans to help them purchase coverage. Officials say these prices will be affordable for people buying insurance through the government marketplaces slated to open next week.
The state of Pennsylvania has denied as many as eight of every 10 applications for cash welfare in 2013, a major increase over previous years, an Inquirer review of Department of Public Welfare figures shows. It's a pattern being repeated in 17 other states.
First came Modesto. Then Compton, Anaheim, Escondido, Whittier, Palmdale and others were pushed into the growing ranks of California cities under pressure to change how they elect their city councils.