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Finishing the Dream. US 'will review' policy on UN DRIP - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) BREAKING: Farmworkers, Consumers Declare National Boycott of Wendy’s! | Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Elena SteinCoalition of Immokalee Workerselena@allianceforfairfood.org | 239-986-0688 Farmworkers, Consumers Declare National Boycott of Wendy’s Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Campaign for Fair Food Calls on World’s Third Largest Hamburger Chain to Join Award-Winning Fair Food Program New York, NY: On Thursday, March 3, hundreds of farmworkers, religious leaders, students, and consumers will gather near Columbus Circle to launch a national boycott of Wendy’s, the world’s third largest hamburger chain.

Following the boycott announcement, the protesters will march from Columbus Circle to the Park Avenue offices of Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz, Founding Partner and CEO of the activist hedge fund Trian Partners and a major shareholder in Wendy’s. The boycott, only the second in the history of the Campaign for Fair Food, has been necessitated by Wendy’s steadfast refusal to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program (FFP). When: Thursday, March 3 at 4 PM. Univision Launches Campaign To Register 3 Million New Latino Voters. “In the past, we were described as the sleeping giant, but the giant has awakened. Now we have to show that power.” - Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos While the Republican candidates battle over who can take a harder line on immigration, Univision, the country's number one Spanish language network, has launched an all-out effort to register new Hispanic voters.

Eleven million Latino voters went to the polls in the last presidential election. According to the New York Times, that's about half the number who were eligible. Now, Univision is determined to sign up three million of those could-be voters - that's equal to the number of how many new Latino voters have come of age since 2012. The Univision campaign will include: "The rule is no one can make it to the White House without the Hispanic vote,” said Jorge Ramos, the network’s superstar news host.

The Univision voter drive will attempt to simplify the voting process, "with no basic knowledge assumed. " Latino Civil Rights Timeline, 1903 to 2006 | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice. 1900s 1903 In Oxnard, Calif., more than 1,200 Mexican and Japanese farm workers organize the first farm worker union, the Japanese-Mexican Labor Association (JMLA). Later, it will be the first union to win a strike against the California agricultural industry, which already has become a powerful force. 1904 The U.S. establishes the first border patrol as a way to keep Asian laborers from entering the country by way of Mexico. 1905 Labor organizer Lucy Gonzales Parsons, from San Antonio, Texas, helps found the Wobblies, the Industrial Workers of the World. 1910s 1910 The Mexican Revolution forces Mexicans to cross the border into the United States, in search of safety and employment. 1911 The first large convention of Mexicans to organize against social injustice, El Primer Congreso Mexicanista, meets in Laredo, Texas. 1912 New Mexico enters the union as an officially bilingual state, authorizing funds for voting in both Spanish and English, as well as for bilingual education. 1917 The U.S.

After Marriage Equality, What? Supreme Court rules states must allow same-sex marriage. In the 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal justices. Each of the four conservative justices wrote their own dissent. Nearly 46 years to the day after a riot at New York's Stonewall Inn ushered in the modern gay rights movement, the decision could settle one of the major civil rights fights of this era. The language of Kennedy's opinion spoke eloquently of the most fundamental values of family, love and liberty. "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family," Kennedy wrote. 'Equal dignity in the eyes of the law' "Their hope," Kennedy wrote, "is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions.

In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia blasted the Court's "threat to American democracy. " "The substance of today's decree is not of immense personal importance to me," he wrote. Obama: 'Congratulations' 14 couples Sgt. Title IX: Let 'em Play. Selma - The Bridge to the Ballot. Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice. On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights activists left Selma, Alabama, on foot, marching for dignity and equality.Eighteen days, 54 miles, one police attack, 1,900 National Guard troops, 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and countless stories later, they arrived in Montgomery — and changed history. This film tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South.

Standing in their way: a century of Jim Crow, a resistant and segregationist state, and a federal government slow to fully embrace equality. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest and even murder, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. The Selma-to-Montgomery legacy includes the sacrifices of young people whose history is seldom told. Teachers can order this kit for free. The kit includes: Want to know more? Updated: Punishment for protest during anthem outlined in Bossier. After several seconds of awkward silence prior to a hockey game in Shreveport between Texas A&M and East Texas Baptist University on Friday, fans, players and officials belted out the national anthem. Wochit Wednesday morning, Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith said there is an expectation his student-athletes will stand for the national anthem at sporting events.

“It is a choice for students to participate in extracurricular activities, not a right, and we at Bossier Schools feel strongly that our teams and organizations should stand in unity to honor our nation’s military and veterans,” Smith said in a statement. Smith said any discipline delivered to defectors would be handled by individual schools. One high school official in Bossier Parish said potential punishments range from “extra running to a one-game suspension.” Thursday, Parkway High principal Waylon Bates sent a letter to athletes and parents describing the school’s rules during the national anthem.