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Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail

Date: August 22, 2016 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, News, News,

Source: NBC News Holding defendants in jail because they can’t afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court. It’s the latest step by the Obama administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed …


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ICNA Activist Advocates for Felons’ Vote in Virginia

Date: May 5, 2016 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, News, News,

Source: Mount Vernon Voice A local advocate for restoring voting rights to former felons, Mohamed B. Rahman, was invited to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announcement of his executive order restoring the civil rights of 206,000 former felons in Virginia on April 22. He may even have planted the idea. “I have been engaged in community work on this issue for three …


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Target increases minimum wage to $10 an hour – sources

Date: April 18, 2016 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, News, News,

Source: Reuters.com Discount retailer Target Corp has started raising employee wages to a minimum of $10 an hour, its second hike in a year, pressured by a competitive job market and labor groups calling for higher wages at retail chains, sources said. Target management has informed store managers, who in turn have started informing employees about the wage hike and …