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California Takes on Harsh Discipline and Academic Inequities for Black, Latino Students

California Takes on Harsh Discipline and Academic Inequities for Black, Latino Students

By Susan Ferriss Juvenile Justice Information Exchange As the national debate over childhood inequities sharpens, recent developments in California highlight struggles over practices critics say deprive some kids of quality class time and fuel a “school-to-prison pipeline.” New state legislation on discipline and truancy — along with lawsuits — are at the heart of these


Guest Voz: Race and Beyond: Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote

By Sam Fulwood III LatinaLista On Tuesday, voters across the United States cast their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections. As with any election, there are winners and losers. But, dear reader, this column offers neither post-election analysis nor after-the-fact second-guessing – well, at least, not in the well-worn, traditional sense. Instead, I want to


The Role of Urban Murals and Graffiti in Historic Preservation

By Daniel Ronan PreservationNation “Morally, there needs to be a defense of public art,” says Hector Duarte, an accomplished Mexican-American muralist and painter sitting in his Chicago home and studio of fifteen years. Pilsen, his neighborhood, has been squarely Latino since the mid-1960s, and has been a haven for exploring the mural as an artistic


Guest Voz: Showing their strength: Women of Color an undeniable force among American voters

By Maya L. Harris Center for American Progress The following column originally appeared on emPower magazine. With Election Day upon us, politicians, political analysts and pundits alike are laser focused on a perennial election question: What will women and people of color do? Standing at the intersection of these two constituencies — women and people


UK Study on impact of punitive drug laws could impact Latin America’s drug policies

By Marguerite Cawley InSight Crime A new study published by the British government found that punitive drug laws don’t necessarily result in less drug use, a finding that could have important implications for drug policy reform in Latin America. Based on international fact-finding missions undertaken in 2013 and 2014 — including visits to countries with


Urban Farmist: San Antonio Food Bank on mission to turn city’s food deserts into small healthy food oases

By Aaron de Leon LatinaLista Several years ago, I volunteered to join a caravan of recreational vehicles being driven half way across the country. Somewhere near the Mexico-Texas border, one of the vehicles had some trouble. We contacted a local mechanic who led us to his shop in what literally seemed like the very middle