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All eyes fixed on Ferguson’s April 7 election

If the Black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, want to radically reform the political climate that encouraged police to disproportionately ticket, fine and arrest them to collect revenue for the city coffers, they’ll have to do more than embrace non-violent acts of civil disobedience and peaceful protests – they will have to vote.

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Hiring practices for ex-offenders receives support

As the economy recovers and violent crime hits 30-year lows, lawmakers continue to trade in their tough on crime rhetoric for smarter measures, joining ex-offenders and workers rights advocates to advance fair hiring practices for the 70 million adults in the U.S. that have arrests or conviction records.

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Ferguson increased revenue by targeting poor Blacks

The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities.

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Critics: GOP education reform would hurt Black students

As the Republican-led Congress prepares to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, civil rights groups, educators and student advocates fear that current proposals leave many poor and Black children behind.

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Police killings underscore need for reform

Blacks and Latinos are incarcerated at disproportionately higher rates in part because police target them for minor crimes, according to Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System, a report by the Sentencing Project, a national, nonprofit group that advocates for criminal justice issues.

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HUD chief seeks broadband access for poor

Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to public housing residents in an effort to increase socioeconomic mobility among poor and low-income families.

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Record-level of criminal exonerations

Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of exonerations recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions.

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Income inequality rises in all 50 states

Income inequality is rising and it affects workers in every state, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. Researchers from EPI, a nonpartisan think tank focused on low- and middle-income workers, analyzed Internal Revenue Service data for all 50 states and found that not only was the income gap between the top 1 percent of earners and everyone else getting wider, but that the disparities were not just confined to financial centers in the east or technology centers on the west coast.

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Predatory lenders target the poor: Communities lose billions

Predatory lenders continue to target poor, Black and Latino communities, siphoning off $103 billion in fees and interest every year, and the rest of us are paying for it, according to a recent report by United for a Fair Economy.

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New education official wants to reform NCLB

John King Jr., a highly respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in school that he had growing up.

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