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Civil Rights at the Oscars – Slumdog Millionaire

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Movies and music can be powerful reflections of our times, past and present, and tell stories that inform and empower millions of people in ways other media cannot.  This week, we highlight four Oscar-nominated films that have found compelling ways to tell stories about civil and human rights.  The Oscars will be shown on TV this Sunday, February … Read More

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Funding in Economic Recovery Plan Should Create Jobs for Unemployed Minorities

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

President Obama aims to create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years by spending some of the money in the recently-enacted stimulus plan on modernizing the nation’s roads and bridges, investing in public transportation, and making federal office buildings more energy-efficient.Civil rights advocates hope that the stimulus plan actually puts unemployed Americans, many … Read More

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Healthy Food Advocates Push for Better Standards in Reauthorization of Federal Child Nutrition Programs

Friday, February 13, 2009

With the number of overweight children between the ages of six and 11 having more than doubled in the past 20 years, healthy food advocates are urging Congress to make sure that federal child nutrition programs are updated to meet the challenges of providing healthy meals to the nation’s children.In 2004, President Bush signed a … Read More

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Welfare Aid to Families Dwindles as Recession Gets Worse

Monday, February 9, 2009

As the economic recession deepens and more people are laid off of work, welfare assistance for families is failing to pick up the slack.Last year, 18 states reduced the number of families that receive assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, according to a New York Times analysis of state figures.  TANF … Read More

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