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Meeting basic needs under Trump

As Donald Trump’s White House takes shape, local thinkers anticipate what the president-elect’s federal appointments could mean for a state that went overwhelmingly to Hillary Clinton. While individual states and cities’ practices may buffer them against some of the effects, ...

Municipal officials anticipate challenges under Trump administration

Cities have been powerful policy players under Barack Obama’s administration, able to take local action on initiatives that otherwise stalled in Congress. Meanwhile, Donald Trump drew the bulk of his support from rural areas and ran under the Republican party ...

U.S. prepares for Trump presidency

In the wake of Trump’s election, many are concerned about how a campaign marked by prejudice will translate into governmental action. Some take the election as a call to rally and organize.

As Trump talks voter fraud, voter suppression is the real issue

As Donald Trump roams the country encouraging hatred of immigrants and distrust of the election process, in many places it’s immigrants and minorities who have reason to worry — about being blocked from the polls. This November 8th will be ...

SCOTUS decision on immigration ‘not the end of the road’

Immigrant rights advocates say the Supreme Court ruling on two programs that would have granted temporary deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants is a setback. But, they insist, it is not the end of the road.

U.S. working class increasingly diverse

Young people of color are likely to become the majority of the nation’s working class by 2032, according to a report released last week from the Economic Policy Institute. This would mark the nation catching up with a situation already ...

Boston shows support for Orlando shooting victims

City and state officials gathered with Bostonians on City Hall Plaza in solidarity with victims and survivors of the worst mass-shooting in recent U.S. history.

New voting laws block little fraud — but many elders, women, minorities

Much of the reporting about the voter-ID laws many states have passed in recent years has centered on how they often block access to the polls by lower-income minority and naturalized citizens. But a subtext has been the barring of ...

Puerto Rico oversight sparks fears

A proposed solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis emerged from Congress last week.The PROMESA bill would provide for debt restructuring, answering a long-time ask from many Puerto Ricans, while also creating a federal oversight board with authorities that many say ...

In election year, more immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship

For more than a decade, Jannette Diep has been helping immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship. But as the presidential election looms, Diep, the executive director of Boat People SOS, says she has seen a rising interest among immigrants in becoming ...

A. Philip Randolph – a Dedicated Leader to Remember

April 15 is A. Philip Randolph’s birthday. One might ask, who is he? Should we care? The answer is a resounding yes! for America's political, economic and social landscape is dotted with trees bearing fruit from A. Philip Randolph's vision, ...

Symone Sanders and a presidential campaign

Budding communications professional Symone Sanders talks to the Banner about joining the campaign of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as national spokeswoman.

IRS grants nonprofit status to ‘dark money’ group founded by Karl Rove

Nonprofits such as Crossroads GPS —whose application for tax-exempt status was recently approved by the IRS — are funneling cash into politics. These funds are often called dark money because the original source of the money may be kept secret ...

Mass incarceration: remedies within reach

Part Two of this two-part series summarizes financial sector tools and innovative reform approaches that seek to weaken the private prison business model, lower recidivism, generate jobs for ex-offenders and confront institutional racism. Part One provided a brief overview of ...

King and the color line

In the middle of the 20th century, one man more than anyone else pricked the conscience of the American people with his call for a colorblind society. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of a land where “all men ...

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