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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - WA: Immigrant

Cases of coronavirus have exploded in immigrant detention centers across the country. (chatiyanon/Adobe Stock)

TACOMA, Wash. -- Anti-detention activists are holding online protests across the country Thursday to call for the release of immigrant detainees. Groups are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the confined spaces of detention centers, where social distancing is nearly impossible. U.S. Immi

Four Yakima residents say they will sue if the county commission doesn't change the way its members are elected. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Latinos in a Washington state community are fighting for fairness in elections. In Yakima County, members of the county commission have remained white even as the Latino population has soared. Robin Engle, communications and development director for the immigrant rights group OneAm

Workers at seven fruit-packing companies in the Yakima Valley are on strike. (Edgar Franks/Familias Unidas por la Justicia)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Farm and fruit-packing workers are considered essential. And in Washington state, they're roiled in struggles for better working conditions. Yakima County is the biggest hotspot for coronavirus cases on the West Coast, and the fruit-packing warehouses in the area have been a vecto

NWDC Resistance is part of a lawsuit against ICE that accuses the agency of illegally targeting one of its members. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Newly revealed emails show U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials discussed taking away the "clout" of a Washington state activist. The emails were released as evidence in a lawsuit against ICE by two immigrant rights groups, accusing the agency of intentionally targeting a

A Facebook page to support businesses in Seattle's International District has more than 18,000 members. (Prayitno/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE -- As coronavirus emerged in Washington state, Asian-Americans faced xenophobia and racism, and businesses in Seattle's International District suffered. Some businesses have gone under and others are in danger of closing. But in March, Sarah Baker and other Seattleites stepped up to create

Some farmworkers say they've struggled to get access to protective gear to keep working safely during the pandemic. (littlewolf1989/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Many farmworkers in Washington state say they feel left behind and in the dark in the coronavirus pandemic. Considered essential personnel, farmworkers have continued doing their jobs. But Executive Director of the farmworkers' rights group Community to Community Development Rosalinda G

No one has tested positive for coronavirus at the Northwest Detention Center, according to ICE. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. -- Immigrants' advocacy groups are urging officials to monitor the health of people in the Northwest Detention Center during the coronavirus outbreak. The Shutdown NWDC Coalition, representing more than 200 groups across Washington state, is calling on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health

The Working Families Tax Credit would return an average of $350 for qualified families. (JohnKwan/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state lawmakers want to open up a working class tax credit to more residents, including people who are undocumented, student visa holders and some survivors of domestic violence. Although the Working Families Tax Credit was passed in 2008, it has yet to receive funding

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