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  • The other election scandal

    Rolling Stone questions the laws of Florida and eleven other states that have prohibited residents convicted of felony from casting votes until the end of their lives. The author looks at this issue as "the worst violation of the democratic process," since 5 million free U.S. citizens are disenfranchised. The analysis points out that more than half of the legally prevented form casting their votes are black or Latino, and finds that since 1865 forbidding ex-felons to vote has been "one device to limit the political power of African Americans." The story sheds light on a class-action lawsuit in Florida, which can make disenfranchisement an issue in the 2002 gubernatorial election.
  • Faces of the Uncounted

    In the spring, Chicago had the lowest rate of return on Census forms among the nation's ten biggest metros. Some blamed the laissez-faire attitude of the city's census office, which failed to make a push for returns among residents. By June, the counting rate was notably more rapid, giving rise to questions about the accuracy of the data collected. In 1990, Chicago was under-counted, missing many of the neighborhoods where services are especially crucial."
  • Brewster Heights Poisoning

    Latino USA reports on the poisoning of a 100 Hispanic workers at Brewster Heights Packing, a fruit factory in northern Washington state. While workers complained to supervisors about dizziness, headaches and actually vomited/fainted, they were told to continue working or be fired. Blood tests later revealed the workers suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning from fuel-burning forklifts and a lack of fresh air. While the Department of Labor and Industries issued a $4,000 fine, "no rules changed as a result of this accident." And while things remain the same at Brewster Heights, victims of the accident say 'nothing is the same' now in their lives.
  • No Way Out

    The Rhode Island Monthly looks at the highly debated issue of illegal immigration. Some argue that illegal aliens cost taxpayers millions of dollars- receiving free education for their children and medical services. Others debate that illegal aliens provide the U.S. with a strong economy, doing the jobs that would not normally be done. In addition, critics say 'it is common for illegals to obtain false Social Security numbers so that they can work. Therefore, they have taxes taken out like everybody else.' As more visas expire, they become part of the estimated "12,000 to 40,000" illegal aliens found in Rhode Island. These numbers lead many people to the idea of allowing immigrants "to become legal in a timely and uncomplicated manner."
  • Census 2000: A Decade of Change

    In a five-day series, the News Tribune explains the trends behind 2000 U.S. Census numbers for the South Puget Sound area and Washington State. The numbers revealed that "suburban cities in the South Sound were among the fastest-growing in the state." Reporters explain the effects of growth in the area and discuss efforts to rein it in through Washington State's Growth Management Act. Along with growth has come an influx of immigrants to the state. "Since 1990, the number of Hispanics statewide more than doubled, to 441,509." Other articles address: redistricting, Korean-Americans in South Sound, and confusion over the number of American Indians in the area.
  • Census 2000

    Census 2000 was a special section in the March 30, 2001 issue of the Los Angeles Times. The section, which contained eight stories and 13 regional maps, analyzes data from the 2000 Census which showed that Southern California has become more racially mixed. For example, Census data showed that "Latinos ascended to dominance in Los Angeles and non-whites came to outnumber whites regionwide by more than 3 million." The stories in this section examine the impact this racial shift will have on California, as well as looking at Southern California population trends such as blacks moving to the suburbs and the area's influx of immigrants.
  • GE Brings Bad Things to Life

    The Nation investigates what is behind the plans of General Electric to cut 1,400 jobs at its plant in Bloomington, Indiana. The story reveals that half the production will be moved to Mexico, where "instead of $24 an hour in wages and benefits, labor can be bought for $ 2 an hour." The author points out that this is the largest GE's mass layoff in Bloomington in recent years. The report finds that "if the cost-saving exercise delayed more aggressive action - and gave managers the benefit of the workers' knowledge free of charge - it also inspired some collective spirit within the shop." The investigation sheds light on the labor unions' indecisiveness about how to fight the coming layoff.
  • State Drug Law hits City Teens, Minorities

    A Chicago Reporter investigation examines race as a factor in juvenile drug cases and draws the conclusion that "the law is not applied equitably." The story focuses on a provision of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act, which "automatically transfers to adult court 15- and 16-year-olds charged with selling drugs within the so-called "safe zones 1,000 feet of a school or public housing development." Among the major findings is the fact that 99 percent of the teens charged as adults are African American or Latino, though statistics show that "nationwide, illicit drug use is slightly higher among white teenagers than Blacks or Latino." The reporter points examples of white teenagers who have never been charged with dealing or possessing drugs, even though they have been sellers and users.
  • From the Manor Torn: Amid High-Tech Boom, A Fight Breaks Out Over Eviction of Latinos

    "Junior Leaguers Join Nuns In Effort to Thwart Silicon Valley Landlord." Skyrocketing housing prices and gentrification are reaching into East Palo Alto, once a no-man's land down in Silicon Valley. "Carriage Manor," Benyam Mulugeta, a self-made real estate broker who emigrated from Ethiopia in 1972, owns a grungy apartment complex that houses close to 50 Latin immigrant families. Mulugeta is asking market value -- $5 million -- for the place but the most Sister Trinitas and the Daughters of Charity can muster is about half that amount. Even the Junior Leaguers can't tap into wealthy benefactors who say the housing issue is a "government problem." Mulugeta says he's about to finalize a deal with a local developer for his asking price who says that he was "once in their shoes."
  • Hispanic Diaspora

    Latino are beginning to opt out of the west coast and are migrating instead to small Southern and Midwestern towns where job opportunities are widespread; in many of these communities the influx of Latinos is being met with hostility and in certain case violence.