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    PNS Daily News - July 31, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the Clean Power Plan will save Americans some money on their electric bills, concludes a new report; a new program launching in New York seeks to identify and treat people with mental health issues living in low income areas; in California, several grocers face big fines for selling produce tainted with illegal pesticides.

Civil Rights

PHOTO: Local faith leaders gathered Wednesday in support of LGBT activist Sulma Franco, currently living in sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin. They released a letter, with signatures from over 60 clergy, urging U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to stop deportation proceedings. Photo credit: Bethany Carson.

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of faith leaders and activists gathered at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin on Wednesday in an effort to stop the deportation of Sulma Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala. Franco has been living in sanctuary at the church for the past two months. Cri ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado's LGBT community is condemning the comments of a state lawmaker who claims that the Boy Scouts of America ending its ban on gay men serving as scout leaders will lead to child abuse. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Defense Department.

DENVER – Colorado State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is coming under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts of America ending a ban on openly gay men serving as scout leaders. During a recent religious broadcast, Klingenschmitt, who has a history of making controversial comme ...Read More

PHOTO: CIDNY's Susan Dooha of the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York received a proclamation at New York's City Hall on Thursday in honor of her group's efforts to help New Yorkers at the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo courtesy Center for Independence of the Disabled New York.

NEW YORK - Big strides forward. That's the big picture as New Yorkers celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but there are still major hurdles in the way. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, said the ADA produce ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for people in prison are asking President Barack Obama to ban the criminal history box on federal job applications. Photo credit: i_frontier/iStockphoto.

SAN FRANCISCO – Advocates for prisoners incarcerated in California are asking President Barack Obama to take action to ban the question about criminal convictions on applications for federal jobs, and positions with federal contractors. Their calls come after the president's recent comment th ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of a dozen immigrant-rights groups launched a voter-registration drive that will rely on young people to convince Long Islanders in working-class and minority communities to register to vote. Photo credit: Steve McFarland

NEW YORK - A major voter-registration drive kicked off Thursday in Patchogue with the goal of registering 2,500 new voters in working-class, African-American and immigrant communities on Long Island. Fabian Torres, a movement-building organizer for Strong Youth Inc., is among the young people who ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for repealing the death penalty in Kentucky claim momentum remains on their side despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the use of a controversial drug during executions. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It was two weeks ago today that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an Oklahoma case that a controversial drug could be used in executions. Ironically, death penalty abolitionists in Kentucky see a silver lining in the 5-4 decision by focusing on what dissenting justices had to ...Read More

PHOTO: Antonia Alarcon intends to join an action in Manhattan today in solidarity with President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Reform. Advocates say undocumented Long Islander residents are in need of action by the Fifth Circuit after the latest hate crime incident. Photo courtesy: Make the Road NY.

NEW YORK - The fate of President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration is in the hands of a federal appeals court in New Orleans today, but plenty of attention is being paid in New York. Pat Young, program director with the Central American Refugee Center in Brentwood, says there are an estimate ...Read More

PHOTO: The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board met for the first time this week to draft standards to help improve relationships between police and communities in Ohio. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After deadly shootings involving police in Ohio and around the nation, state leaders are working to address the sometimes-strained relationship between cops and communities. The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board held its first meeting Wednesday to begin crea ...Read More

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