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Spirit Day: Wear purple on Thursday to support LGBT youth

Spirit Day was organized in 2010 as a response to the LGBT youth who had taken their own lives following relentless anti-LGBT bullying. On Oct. 20, individuals, schools and organizations wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

Thousands occupy Washington, demand "jobs now"

The August earthquake shook loose some stones on the Washington Monument, but 10,000 protesters demanding "Jobs NOW" shook the obelisk again on Oct. 15.


Global effort develops to save sharks

Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., signed legislation Oct. 7 to ban the possession or sale of shark fins in California, which may save countless sharks.

Immigrant and labor rights bills become law in California

Among bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown recently were a measure to let undocumented college students apply for publicly funded scholarships and another to strengthen labor protections for farm workers.


U.S. Senate apologizes for Chinese Exclusion Act

It's been 129 years since the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed, but the Oct. 6 Senate resolution apologizing for it was welcomed nonetheless.

Oklahoma AFL-CIO Convention maps coalition to fight ultra-right

In a show of solidarity, the Oklahoma AFL-CIO has voted to unite all public sector unions in a coalition to coordinate a defense against ultra-right anti-labor legislative efforts.


And so begins the American Dream Movement

Organizers of theTake Back the Dream conference say plans are underway for a massive campaign for jobs and against cuts, with hundreds, if not thousands, of actions across the country.


After court ruling, clean truck supporters vow continuing fight

Cutting out a key component, if upheld, will have devastating consequences for working families and port communities plagued by dirty air and dead-end jobs.


Civil rights, labor groups to hold jobs march Oct. 15

Energized by President Obama's bold call for passage of the American Jobs Act, civil rights and labor groups are calling for a national march in Washington to support it.


35 states get an F on teaching civil rights

When it comes to teaching civil rights, schools in the South have a more rigorous approach than nearly every other region of the country.

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