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PHOTO: A coalition of civic and religious organization is calling for a "Brown Friday" boycott of one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, as an economic protest of the police shooting of Michael Brown. Photo courtesy of Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition.

FERGUSON, Mo. - For months, the world has watched protesters fill the streets of Ferguson, calling for justice, but one coalition is calling for a very different kind of protest in response to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Zaki Baruti is among the organizers o ...Read More

PHOTO: Home for Thanksgiving? Some New Yorkers say it would be nice to have a home, with food. The struggle against homelessness and hunger goes on through the holidays. Photo credit: Kyle James/Flickr.

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Thanksgiving week finds New York nonprofits that focus on hunger and homelessness stretched tight, even two years after the havoc of Superstorm Sandy. Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of Island Harvest, says it's been a "tough year." The food pantries and agencies ...Read More

PHOTO: Are seniors the new economic powerhouse? Research shows New Hampshire residents over age 50 are driving half the state's economic growth and supporting more than half of its jobs. Photo credit: Chalmers Butterfield/Wikipedia

CONCORD, N.H. - You may be surprised to learn the Granite State residents most likely to have a bit of silver in their hair are also among the main drivers bringing a silver lining to New Hampshire's economy. That's according to a new report from Oxford Economics. Todd Fahey, state director for AA ...Read More

PHOTO: Audience members react to President Obama's speech highlighting his executive actions on immigration. New York immigrants' advocates say will bring tens of thousands out of the shadows. Photo credit: Pete Souza, The White House.

NEW YORK - President Obama signed a pair of executive orders that will delay deportation for millions nationwide, a move that opens the door for many undocumented New Yorkers to legally find work. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director with Long Island Wins, says Obama's action will affect ...Read More

PHOTO: People incarcerated in Joliet and other Illinois correctional facilities are in one of the nation's most overcrowded prison systems, according to a new report, and experts warn that the human consequences are devastating. Photo credit: Jacobsteinafm/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois houses an estimated 49,000 people in its prison system, and a recent report finds it's one of the most overcrowded systems in the nation. In fact, only Alabama’s prisons are more crowded. The Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent census of prisoners, fo ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could change the lives of an estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan by giving them legal status to stay in this country. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

DETROIT - An estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan soon could have legal status in this country, thanks to President Obama's executive order on immigration announced Thursday night. The plan is aimed at spouses and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the ...Read More

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with ...Read More

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