Swift Senate passage of hate crimes bill urged

Though the House of Representatives passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act three months ago, the Senate has yet to take action on the bill. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Obama administration strongly supported the bill, stating, 'The President and I seek swift passage of this legislation because hate crimes victimize not only individuals, but entire communities.'

U.N. revisits U.S. policies on racial profiling

Millions of U.S. citizens continue to face discrimination at the hands of police and other law enforcement agencies just because they are not white, although the country's new leader in the White House is himself of African descent on his father's side.

Obama town hall: 'Fix health care this year'

Speaking to a town-hall meeting broadcast live on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, President Obama called on the people to reject “scare tactics” and push for healthcare reform this year that includes a strong public option.

Congressional hearing looks into Wells Fargo predatory lending

An epic legal showdown between Wells Fargo bank and the city of Baltimore will occur on Monday July 6 in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg. The city of Baltimore is suing the bank for engaging in deliberate predatory lending practices that targeted Black and Latino consumers. Judge Legg will decide on whether the case can go forward.

Climate bill moves to Senate

Coalitions of labor and environmental groups cheered the passage of the historic climate change legislation in the House last month. But the hard work for a similar bill in the Senate has just begun, they added.

UFT, Green Dot sign pioneering contract for NYC charter school

The nation’s preeminent charter school organization, Green Dot Public Schools, and its largest teacher union local, the United Federation of Teachers, signed an innovative and pioneering collective bargaining agreement on June 23 for Green Dot’s New York City charter school. The contract was approved by the Board of Trustees of the Green Dot school on Monday, June 22, and was ratified by the UFT Chapter the following day.

Commentary: Time to get to work, Al!

MINNEAPOLIS - During the campaign, Minnesota’s newest U.S. Senator, Al Franken, said he would be an elected official in the tradition of the man who once held his seat, the late Paul Wellstone. It’s a commitment that American’s wage earners need him to keep. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Franken won last November’s election, concluding an extended election process – the longest in state history – and ending any hope that Republican Norm Coleman had of keeping the seat he won in 2002 after Wellstone’s death in a plane crash.

Pass fair and sensible Illinois budget, protestors say

CHICAGO – On July 1 over one million people across Illinois will lose access to social services as state lawmakers here scramble to approve a “doomsday” budget, which contains major cuts up to 50 percent that critics are calling unacceptable.

At White House Pride event, Obama vows to advance LGBT equality

In an unprecedented White House gathering of gay and lesbian leaders and activists on Monday, President Obama strongly affirmed his commitment to enacting equality legislation and overturning discriminatory laws and policies.

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