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Illinois: One pen away from abolishing the death penalty

Lawmakers are poised to make Illinois the first state to end capital punishment since 2009.

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Scott sisters freed!

Jamie and Gladys Scott received the news on December 29 that their 16-year prison ordeal was over at last: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour commuted their double-life sentences and ordered them out of prison. They were originally accused of having taken part in an $11 robbery!

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Labor, environment, rights groups launch campaign for Internet expansion

The Communications Workers of America, NAACP and the Sierra Club have come together to launch a campaign for what they say is a much needed faster and more available Internet in the United States.

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Charges of coverup, racism in police shooting

Details surrounding the fatal police shooting of Pace University football player Danroy Henry are murky, but a police leak has spurred charges of racism and a coverup.

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Rally demands justice in Oscar Grant murder case

Hundreds of union and community supporters of justice for Grant rallied outside City Hall Oct. 23, to demand the maximum sentence for Grant's killer, Johannes Mehserle.

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Possible foreclosure fraud prompts investigation by feds

Attorney General Eric Holder  announced a federal investigation into possible fraud by big banks foreclosing on homeowners.

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Rinku Sen discusses racial justice

"The biggest and overarching question today is how we move forward with a modern racial justice agenda," said Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center.

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Over 4 million U.S. citizens denied right to vote

A protest rally calling for restoration of voting rights for ex-felons was held last week at the University of the District of Columbia.

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Groups demand pardon for Scott Sisters in Mississippi

A rally last week in Jackson, Miss., called for freedom for Jamie and Gladys Scott, two Black women given double life sentences in 1992 for allegedly being accessories to an armed robbery in which $11 was stolen.

Cuban Five: What is to be done?

The time is now put the fight to liberate Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, René Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez on a campaign footing.

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