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PHOTO: Mentors are needed across the state for ASPIRE, a program that pairs middle school and high school students with mentors to help kids explore and consider college and career options. Photo courtesy of ASPIRE.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon will soon be rethinking the way English-Language Learner (ELL) students are taught – and how funds are spent in support of that mission, after Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law this week to convene an advisory group on the matter. One state-sponsored program is ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota's large population of immigrants from West Africa has a new place to go to get help with a variety of needs, including job assistance and legal help. The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, with much of the population living in that area of the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C ...Read More

PHOTO: The father of Jose de Jesus Deniz Sahagun wants to see the security tapes showing his son's alleged suicide at the Eloy Detention Center, saying, "They say my son swallowed a sock and a toothbrush. How is that possible?" Photo courtesy of Puente Human Rights Movement.

PHOENIX – The family of a man who died at the Eloy Detention Center last month is demanding an independent investigation, saying it has serious doubts about the story behind his death. Jose de Jesus Deniz Sahagun, 31, died in custody May 20, just days after arriving at the facility. An autop ...Read More

PHOTO: Tough-talking Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio presides over a department with more than 3,400 workers and numerous legal troubles over allegations of racial profiling and discrimination against Latinos. Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

PHOENIX - Arizona is exporting a couple of headline-making commodities to Oregon this weekend: record-breaking hot weather and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The sheriff is to speak at a Saturday rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in support of two state ballot measures there - one to ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of the Green Plate Special club celebrate the addition of raised garden beds to their school's STEM program. Photo credit: Marissa Rousselle.

SEATTLE - Today is National Summer Learning Day, a nod to programs that prompt kids to sign up, show up and learn something new. Kids may not realize it, but summer programs also help ensure that their academic skills don't backslide by fall. Summer is a new chance to introduce the STEM fields. At ...Read More

PHOTO: Commercial office cleaners are rallying on the streets to commemorate the Justice for Janitors movement, as talks begin on contracts that cover about 75,000 commercial cleaners in the eastern U.S. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Janitors plan to rally on the streets of Arlington during rush hour tomorrow, as contract talks start for more than 10,000 office cleaners in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Virginia House Delegate Alfonso Lopez of Arlington will speak at the rally, commemorating the 25th an ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report exposes the impact of local lockup quotas at immigrant detention facilities under the Obama Administration. Photo credit: Austin Indymedia.

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report released by Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights exposes local lockup quotas in for-profit immigrant detention facilities covering half of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices. Carol Wu with Detention Watch N ...Read More

PHOTO: A public meeting in Phoenix tomorrow is focused on educating voters about the TPP trade agreement, as Congress prepares to vote on fast-track authority for the controversial and secretive trade deal. Photo courtesy of the Arizona AFL-CIO.

PHOENIX - Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) is holding a public meeting in Phoenix on Friday on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, or TPP. Congress is preparing to vote on Trade Promotion Authority, also called fast track, which the Senate passed last month. Re ...Read More

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