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The jail trends are the result of sweeping bail reforms adopted by the New Jersey state legislature, with the help of a voter-approved constitutional amendment, in 2014. The reforms effectively abolish cash bail: the practice of only letting people out of pretrial detention if they are financially capable to pay the state (or, more often, a bail bondsman) to release them. In its place, judges now decide which defendants to detain and which to release based on a variety of factors, including quantitative “public safety assessment scores” based on a defendant’s criminal history and past record of appearing in court.
The Town of Oyster Bay passed an ordinance in 2009 making it illegal to solicit work while standing on the street, citing pedestrian and traffic safety. A district court ruled the ordinance unconstitutional in 2015, so the town appealed to the federal court.
Jackson Chin, with LatinoJustice, was the lead attorney representing the workers’ rights in the most recent case.
Shofco (Shining Hope for Communities), has planted itself firmly on the side of peace. It held a rally for peace last week, hosted meetings of Christian pastors and Muslim imams in its hodgepodge of bright blue buildings, helped train young ambassadors for peace who walk the slum’s unpaved streets, and created a Facebook ad-for-peace that was viewed more than 1.6 million times. If you watch the video, you can also catch a glimpse of the American ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec. “Celebrate your right to democracy,” he said.
“We believed there was a growing coalition of black and white, Latino, Native American, rich, middle class, poor, labor, unemployed, elected officials and employers — a broad-based coalition — that believed income inequality was and is a major issue in Kansas City and across this country,” said the Rev. Vernon Howard Jr., a leader in the Kansas City initiative. “We want to thank all those individuals who voted but are not low-wage workers for being people of good will.”
Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, had said Wednesday that he expected the waiver, which suspends a 1920 law requiring that only U.S.-flagged vessels be used for shipments between two U.S. ports. The law, known as the Jones Act, limits the number of ships that can be sent to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and thus the amount of relief supplies that have come in since the hurricane.
Dr. Mazaris and his colleagues analyzed existing public data of sea turtle nesting sites around the world over time periods ranging from six to 47 years. They standardized individual data sets and evaluated each site separately and then combined them into regional populations to look at changes. Even small populations, which normally have a tough time recovering, are capable of being restored, they found.
“The GLRI is vital to the health of our Great Lakes: It helps us fight Asian Carp and other invasive species, invests in Michigan jobs, our drinking water, and way of life,” he said in a statement. “I have consistently stood up against misguided efforts to undermine this program and will continue to do so.”
The goal, the governors say, is to assure other countries that they, along with and hundreds of cities and businesses, remain committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris accord.
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