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York Will Witness First Black Mayor's Election, and other news

Racial History in York Mayoral Election Forty years after race riots occurred in York, Pennsylvania, the city will soon be electing its first Black mayor. Democrat Kim Bracey is slated to win the mayoral election in which both Democrat and Republican candidates were Black.

90 Percent of Asian Americans Want Universal Healthcare, and Other News

Justice Department Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Arkansas City The Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city of Marion, Arkansas, and if approved by the U.S. District Court, will resolve the department’s lawsuit against the city alleging race discrimination in employment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

Research Shows Latino Toddlers Lagging, and other news

Research Shows Latino Toddlers Lagging According to a UC Berkeley researcher, toddlers born to immigrant, Latina mothers tend to have poorer cognitive skills than white, middle-class toddlers. Several factors may explain the lag, including the generally larger size of Latino families, and immigrant, Latino mothers having less college experience than white, suburban mothers.

CNN Program Stirs Up Dobbs Debate, and other news

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Commerce Secretary Seeks Arab Community's Support, and other news

Commerce Secretary Seeking Arab Support U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be meeting with Arab-Americans and Muslims in Dearborn, MI to discuss ways in which their communities can help the economy. While Locke hopes to raise issues about access to capital and the importance of the census, community members intend to raise concerns about civil rights violations they have experienced.

Bill To Address Drug Sentence Disparity, and other news

Durbin Bill To Address Disparity in Drug Sentences Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has introduced a new bill that would eliminate the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences, which many activists believe disproportionately affects Blacks. Durbin’s bill would increase the quantity of crack cocaine required for a mandatory prison term.

Asian-Americans To Hold NY Political Offices, and other news

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Latino Community Divided on Census, and other news

Latino Community Divided on Census Latino community leaders are divided on urging Latinos to participate in filling out the 2010 Census forms, or boycotting the Census entirely. Many Latino immigrants have a negative perception of the Census, believing that information they may give may simply lead to deportation.

Recording Latino Stories, and other news

StoryCorps Historias Collect Latino Stories Last week, StoryCorps launched a new initiative, StoryCorps Historias, which hopes to gather and share Latino stories here in the U.S. While most StoryCorps recordings are generally conversations between two people, some of the stories will focus specifically on unique Latino experiences.

Japanese-American Weekly Paper Now In Print, and Other News

Japanese-American Newspaper Gets New Life In San Francisco, a group of community leaders and journalists recently started the Nichi Bei Weekly, a Japanese-American newspaper. Despite pressures on print publications to scale down or close entirely, New America Media reports that readership among ethnic communities has increased 16 percent in the last four years.

Racial Health Disparity Cost Billions, and other news

Racial Health Disparity Cost US Billions A study released by researchers from Johns-Hopkins and the University of Maryland reveals that between 2003 and 2006, racial health disparities cost the U.S. $229 billion dollars.

Blacks, Latinos, Disappearing From Top High School, and other news

Black and Latino Numbers Dip At U.S.’ Best High School According to numbers from Fairfax County Public Schools, Thomas Jefferson High School, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the best high school in the nation, is drastically losing its Black and Latino students. Some educators believe the decline is a sign for greater effort needed to reach underrepresented students at a younger age.

Immigrants Lose Jobs at American Apparel, and other news

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API Community Rally For Immgration Reform, and other news

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Asians Call for Immigration Reforms, and Other News

Prep for API town hall mtg.jpg Asian Immigrants Gather for Town Hall Meeting To jump start dialogue about immigration in the Asian community, Asian immigrants in Chicago, IL met at a town hall meeting this weekend to talk about problems reunifying with family because of an inefficient immigration system.

NJ Female, POC Attorneys Treated Unfairly, and other news

Female, POC Lawyers in NJ Still Face Discrimination Based on responses from 851 attorneys in a 2007 survey, a recent report released by the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Court shows that a majority of females and people of color believe lawyers of their own sex or gender still experience discrimination.

Asian-American Men Seeking Cosmetic Surgery, and other news

asian-cosmetic-surgery.jpg photo courtesy of mydochub Rise In Asian-American Men Seeking Cosmetic Surgery Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that in 2008, Asian-Americans underwent 866,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

Latina Service Worker Wins Battle for Lost Wages, and Other News

gloria rodriguez.jpgGloria Rodriguez pictured with her husband, Rigoberto Cartagena, and daughter, Andrea.

Worker Battles Company for Lost Wages After Gloria Rodriguez waged a media campaign against Coverall, a cleaning company, for denying her up to $1,200 in wages, the company has finally decided

Obama Works to Close Achievement Gap, and Other News

President’s Education Reforms to Help Students of Color According to Juan Sepúlveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, the Obama administration seeks to improve and close the achievement gap for students of color. Reforms include simplifying the financial aid application process, and waiving student loans for new teachers.

Leonard Peltier May Be Freed Tuesday, and Other News

leonard.jpgPeltier May Get Parole Attorneys are hopeful that Leonard Peltier, a long-time activist in the American Indian Movement who has been incarcerated for the last 33 years, will be given parole at Tuesday’s court hearing.