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Puerto Ricans seek debt relief

Puerto Rico’s long-struggling economy went from bad to worse this year, with Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla asserting that the island’s $72 billion debt burden may never be repaid. Creditors are calling on Puerto Rico’s government to close schools and cut ...

When neighbors turn against neighbors

Programs that encourage reporting “suspicious activity” to police have revealed widespread racial biases among civilians, as whites frequently report black neighbors for doing nothing more than going about their daily lives. New social media networks and apps like Operation GroupeMe ...

Latina women suffer worst from wage gap

Among the major demographics experiencing gender and racial wage gaps, Latina women are the hardest hit in both Massachusetts and the nation. A variety of factors contribute to the wage gap, said speakers: circumstances push many Latinas into traditionally lower-wage ...

Study measures impact of recent US immigration

The influx of 59 million immigrants into the United States in the last 50 years has dramatically changed the nation’s demographics, and immigration in coming decades will continue to alter the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population, according ...

The prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system

A recent report by researchers has highlighted what they call a disturbing trend: the prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system. The authors explain the trend by citing the unintended consequences of a crackdown on domestic violence ...

Are English language learners punished for their frustration with school?

There are many children living in the USA who are immigrants and know very little English. In navigating the United States public school system, these children attempt to learn a new language, adapt to new social and cultural norms, and ...

Colleges flush with cash saddle poorest students with debt

ProPublica analysis based on new data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that students from low-income families graduate from NYU saddled with huge federal loans. The school’s Pell Grant recipients – students from families that make less than $30,000 ...

When the clock struck prejudice: Islamophobia from Texas to India

Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realise. On the face of it, the two incidents appear poles apart.

Government agencies crack down on fraudulent mortgage practices

City, state and federal agencies have been stepping up efforts to stamp out fraudulent mortgage practices that target communities of color — pricing discrimination and redlining among them.

The best defense is good offense: DOJ challenges local public defense programs

One issue that’s garnered particular attention from Justice Department lawyers is fair access to legal defense, a right guaranteed by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has filed four such statements in the past two years, ...

Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain telling the untold stories

Tracy Heather Strain backed her way into working on films and forming her own company to produce documentaries, The Film Posse, which is based in the Fort Point Channel area.

White House aging conference: New directions — big challenges

The White House held its sixth Conference on Aging, earlier this month, and this once-a-decade program took an entirely different approach to the discussion of what it means to age in America. Since the first conference in 1961, the United ...

Black Lives Matter activists: change slow in coming

A year after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officers, activists with the Black Lives Matter movement say little has changed. While there is a growing awareness of police misconduct, video recordings of ...

In Cuba, ‘creeping capitalism’ arrives

When the U.S. embassy reopened in Havana on Monday after more than 54 years, it signaled what Cubans have now accepted: creeping capitalism is the future. A stroll through Old Havana is enough to convince anyone that the entrepreneurial spirit ...

Senator grills Red Cross over Haiti donations, spending

The American Red Cross met a deadline this week to answer congressional questions about how it spent nearly half a billion dollars donated after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, but the group says details can't yet be released publicly. And the ...