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Dec 19th

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Who are the 'undocuqueer?' New reports shed light

Who are the 'undocuqueer?' New reports shed lightA report released recently by the Williams Institute at UCLA estimates that there are at least 267,000 self-identified LGBT undocumented immigrant adults living in the United States. The number is a conservative estimate – because many people who fit into both categories are reluctant to identify as such; and because it doesn't include anyone under the age of 18. Another 637,000 self-identified LGBT individuals are estimated to be among the adult documented immigrant population.
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Progressive Caucus Leaders Demand Administration's Full Response on Drones

Progressive Caucus Leaders Demand Administration's Full Response on DronesWashington, D.C.— Rep. Barbara Lee, the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force, with CPC Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison and Caucus members John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Mike Honda, Rush Holt, and Jim McGovern, Monday sent a letter requesting the full, unclassified release of information surrounding the Obama administration's drone policy. Rep. Conyers is the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.
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Panel looks at fragile nations

Panel looks at fragile nationsJina Moore, a Pulitzer Center journalist who specializes in post-conflict and human rights reporting headlines a panel discussion themed "Fragile Nations and the Minnesota Connection" from 7 p.m. until 8:30 on Tuesday, March 19 at University Center, Saint Mary's University, Twin Cities Campus, 2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404. This event is free.
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Minimum wage earners must work 89 hours per week to afford modest apartment in Minnesota

Minimum wage earners must work 89 hours per week to afford modest apartment in MinnesotaAccording to a national report released today, a minimum wage earner in Minnesota would have to work 89 hours per week – or hold 2.2 full time jobs -- to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. Of the twelve states in the Midwest, Minnesota has ranked the worst for affordability for minimum wage workers for three consecutive years.
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Klobuchar, Tester introduce legislation to make voting easier for all Americans

Klobuchar, Tester introduce legislation to make voting easier for all AmericansBill requires states to allow people to register to vote on the same day as the election
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President Obama designates five new National Monuments

President Obama designates five new National MonumentsWASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today signed proclamations establishing five new national monuments, using his authority under the Antiquities Act, which celebrate our nation's rich history and natural heritage. The monuments, located in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington, help tell the story of significant people and extraordinary events in American history, as well as protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. The designations were made with bi-partisan support from congressional, state and local officials, local businesses and other stakeholders and are expected to promote economic growth in the local communities through tourism and outdoor recreation.
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Black Press continues to serve special role

Black Press continues to serve special roleWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Like its White counterpart, Black newspapers must adjust to a rapidly changing digital age. But unlike White newspapers, the Black Press continues to play a valuable and unique role in the African American community, panelists said at a panel last week at the National Press Club.
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Publishers discuss role of the Black Press

Publishers discuss role of the Black PressMarch 16 marked the 186th anniversary of the founding of Freedom's Journal, the country's first Black newspaper. Its editors, Rev. Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm, proclaimed in the first edition, "Too long have others spoken for us...We wish to plead our own cause."
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African-Americans took to the Capitol to be heard

African-Americans took to the Capitol to be heardAfrican-Americans from throughout the state gathered inside the Capitol rotunda to let legislators know their voices will be heard.

The gathering was a part of the Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) Day at the Capitol, designed to bring issues of importance in African-American communities directly to the state's policy makers. The Council presented the rally, that took place on Mar. 19, as a part of its mandated obligation to fulfill civic engagement.
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IRS has $917 million for people who have not filed a 2009 Income Tax Return

WASHINGTON — Refunds totaling just over $917 million may be waiting for an estimated 984,400 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced. However, to collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.
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Over 60 percent decline in sexual violence against females from 1995 to 2010

WASHINGTON – From 1995 to 2005, sexual violence against U.S. female residents age 12 or older declined 64 percent from 5.0 per 1,000 females to 1.8, and remained unchanged through 2010, according to a report, Female Victims of Sexual Violence, 1994-2010, released today by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
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