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NAACP confronts new Jim Crow racism

Vote suppression and denying ex-felons the right to vote are the new Jim Crow laws of the 21st century, says NAACP leader.

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Louisiana workers say union jobs break down barriers

The bosses don't want lots of union workers because they tend to break down the racial divide that has slowed progress in this part of the country ever since the end of the Civil War.

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Unions, allies launch national campaign for caregivers, clients

The objective is to enhance community-based and home-based long-term care for the current 7.6 million elderly adults who need it and for the estimated one-fifth of the U.S. population that will need it by 2030.

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Budget must "respect, protect" women, coalition says

National Council of Womens' Organizations launched the Respect, Protect, Reject Campaign, and is calling on lawmakers to uphold Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and emphasize women's concerns in the talks.

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Wisconsin recalls, round one: Dems sweep

Despite GOP shenanigans, labor-backed Democratic State Senate hopefuls swept six races in the first round of Wisconsin's state recall elections.

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Illinois defends civil unions law in foster care dispute

State officials sent letters to four Catholic Charities agencies that place children, explaining the decision to not renew foster care and adoption contracts.

"Working dead" take over San Jose City Hall

Several young activists dressed as zombies spent the night on the steps in front of City Hall to participate in the following day's City Council meeting.

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South Carolina passes anti-immigration law

South Carolina has become the fifth and latest state poised to enact a draconian anti-immigration law, after Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed SB 20 last week.

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L.A. alliance organizes to block right-wing attack

The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy may be the far right's next target, but it is organizing to "get in front" of an Andrew Bretibart/Karl Rove type attack.

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Rhode Island passes civil unions bill, with controversy

The Rhode Island state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, sending the bill to the governor for his expected signature.

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