Posts tagged "vote"

The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt

The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt
It’s been more than a month since a Florida jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman in the murder of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin–and Zimmerman essentially walked off into the sunset. But for social justice activists all over the country that wasn’t the end of the story. They held protests in the days after... Read more »

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor
Anyone convicted of murder, rape or pedophilia is looking at being cut off from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for life under an amendment to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2013 Farm Bill–even if they’ve served their time. And by doing so, the amendment would also impact the nutritional assistance received by the families... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter investigation finds felony convictions for 17-year-olds jump

The Chicago Reporter investigation finds felony convictions for 17-year-olds jump
When you are 17, you are not allowed to purchase cigarettes, drink or vote. But you can be tried on a felony charge. The Chicago Reporter’s latest investigation found that the number of 17-year-olds convicted of a felony jumped from 777 in 2010 to 907 in 2011. One consequence of sending youth offenders into the... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys
Each week we’ll bring you events and issues around race and poverty in Chicago.  So Rich, So Poor Professor and author Peter Edelman will discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, at Northwestern University’s downtown campus Wednesday. The book offers a critical analysis of unemployment... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Voter registration drive, Hispanics and philanthropy, CHA public hearing period closing

What's Up This Week: Voter registration drive, Hispanics and philanthropy, CHA public hearing period closing
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on around Chicago this week: National Voter Registration Day: With the presidential election coming ever closer, civic groups and political organizations all across the country are calling for a National Voter Registration Day Tuesday. The aim is to hit the streets to register as many voters as possible. Chicago... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Mexicans in U.S. watched presidential election, but few participated

When Mexicans headed to the polls on Sunday, it was to vote in one of the most contentious elections in years, marked by allegations of fraud and media bias. It was a vote closely watched by Mexicans around the world, not least in the United States, the country with the largest Mexican immigrant population. But... Read more »
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