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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

Human Rights/Racial Justice

The Portland Public Schools Board gave the student-led group ALLY a victory when it approved ethnic studies courses in Portland high schools. (APANO)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The diverse history of the United States will reach Portland high school students in 2018, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed by the city's Public Schools Board this week. The student-led group Asian and Pacific Islander Leaders for the Liberation of Youth, or ALLY, l ...Read More

Liasing Seichow from the Asian Pacific Environmental Network speaks at a press conference Wednesday announcing the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - More than two dozen California progressive organizations announced Wednesday they're forming a new coalition called the "Building the California Dream Alliance." The groups advocate for many different issues ranging from gender equity, environmental justice, workers' rights, imm ...Read More

On the eve of the National Park Service's centennial celebration, a coalition is petitioning the Obama administration to make public lands more welcoming to people of all colors in the next 100 years. (National Park Service)

DENVER – As the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service approaches, a coalition of civil rights, conservation and environmental justice groups has launched a petition calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to make public lands more inclusive. Jes Ward, executive ...Read More

The group Grassroots Leadership is working to keep undocumented migrants out of prison-like facilities while they await an immigration hearing. (ericsphoto/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has granted an immigrant rights group, Grassroots Leadership, a temporary restraining order against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, blocking its plans to license two controversial, prison-like detention facilities as child-care centers. The group ...Read More

A new report shows young people who've been arrested have a harder time getting their juvenile records destroyed in Illinois than other states. This includes youth who've never been convicted of a crime. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows only a fraction of a percent of juvenile arrest records in Illinois get expunged, which could be a public safety risk. Juvenile justice advocates say heavy-handed state laws make it almost impossible for young people to erase a record through the expungement ...Read More

Some Minnesota health care advocates are trying to remove the social stigmas surrounding mental illness through educational events as part of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mental illness may be affecting more Minnesotans than you think, as health professionals say about 224,000 people receive mental health services in the state. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's being used as a time to remember that those who are seeking treatment ...Read More

Anti-poverty groups are urging the Minnesota Senate to consider boosting a monthly cash assistance program for low-income families for the first time in 30 years. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state Senate continues to debate its budget plan today, anti-poverty advocates are urging lawmakers to boost funding for a program aimed at helping low-income families. Supporters of the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, say the amount of cash assistance ...Read More

Wednesday is international Denim Day, an observance when everyone is asked to wear jeans to show their support for victims of sexual assault. (jppi/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for victims of sexual assault are calling on people to wear denim tomorrow for international Denim Day. It began in 1992, when a judge in Italy overturned a rape conviction, saying that because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, ther ...Read More

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