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Facts about the mass incarceration of people of color in the U.S.
ImageThe United States leads the world in incarceration, with over 2.4 million people behind bars—a 500 percent increase over the past 30 years. The United States has 5 percent of the world population, yet approximately 25 percent of its prisoners. More than 60 percent of the people in prison are people of color. For black males in their twenties, one in every eight is in prison or jail on any given day. Three-fourths of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color.
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Grade-Level Reading Campaign
ImageAn alarming number of children—about 67 percent nationwide and more than 80 percent of those from low-income families—are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. This has significant and long-term consequences not only for each of those children but for their communities, and for our nation as a whole. 
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A guide to immigration reform: Facts and figures

ImageThis may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. After years of gridlock, there are ideas whizzing all around Washington.

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House rejects 2013 $500 billion Farm Bill
ImageThe U.S. House of Representatives rejected the 2013 farm bill Thursday as conservatives joined with many Democrats to oppose the five-year, $500 billion proposal.The legislation required a simple majority, or 218 votes, to pass but the vote was 234-195 against.
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Stop-and-Frisk in New York and the Politics of Crime in America
ImageThere are a series of relatively unpublicized trials presently going on in New York City that seem to represent attempts to settle civil disobedience efforts and nonviolent protests that challenged the New York Police Department’s increasingly unpopular stop-and-frisk policies and the way a whole generation of young people of color is being condemned to lives of criminalization, marginalization, brutality and the spirit-crushing, human-wasting confinement of the largest prison system in the world.
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