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Eyewitness describes brutality in tobacco fields

"What we saw was never to be imagined: When the work day ends, farm workers - men, women, and children - returned to grim camps."

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Animal killing in Ohio highlights need for regulations

In the aftermath of this past week's tragic killing of 49 exotic animals, including 18 rare Bengal Tigers, in Zanesville, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is scrambling to put a positive spin on the calamity.

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Lost in detention, 1 million deported and no justice

A broken immigration system including controversial policies like Secure Communities, rampant abuses in private detention facilities and a record number of deportations were investigated in a PBS Frontline documentary that aired this week on national television.

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Millions wear purple, GOP hopeful bashes gays

Millions are wearing purple Thursday to mark the second annual Spirit Day, when people put on the color purple to show support for LGBT youth.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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