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Cuomo acts to protect exploited nail salon workers

Gov. Cuomo is creating a task force to investigate nail salons around New York, following a report of widespread exploitation.

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Jobs Not Jails campaign wins victory in Oakland

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors decision increases funding for community-based programs helping people when they return home.

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Activists conduct peaceful disobedience to aid formerly incarcerated

The Labor Council's statement called incarceration "a labor issue," and urged Alameda County to "be a leader and a model in California"

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UN officials demand prosecutions for U.S. torture

All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.

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San Jose coalition for affordable housing wins big

San Jose, which advertises itself as "the capital of Silicon Valley," has one of the highest housing costs in the nation, as well as - not coincidentally - one of the highest rates of homelessness.

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Law center for Muslims to challenge presumption of guilt

The new law center is specifically for Muslims in the United States facing constitutional and civil rights violations.

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Labor organizer wins MacArthur “genius grant”

Ai-jen Poo is a labor organizer whose compelling vision is transforming the landscape of working conditions and labor standards for domestic or private-household workers.

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Detroit water crisis shows the reality of our current social system

Imagine coming home from work or school and not having access to water for cooking dinner, or not being able to take a shower after a hard day's work.

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Transgender people win protections in Orlando, Florida

"Gender identity" is now a protected category in Orlando's human rights ordinances along with age, color, handicap, marital status, national origin, race, religion and sex.

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The child migrant crisis: latest developments

The "crisis" appears to be shrinking: 85 percent of the 57,000 child migrants have now been placed with parents, other family members or sponsors living in the United States.

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