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    CHICAGO (CBS) — A community program is actively working to keep children safe in and around neighborhoods where gang violence reigns. As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported Monday night, it is a battle fought one pair of boxing gloves at a time. READ MORE: Bucktown Woman Shaken After Being Carjacked During Saturday Morning Spree, And She's Not The First Victim In Her FamilyIt involves a small group of dedicated people fighting crime in a single room in North Lawndale. Round by round, they do what their name promises – Boxing Out Negativity. Coach Derek Brown takes kids who may have found trouble and introduce them to what they call “their greatest selves.” “He told me, ‘Ain’t you that little boy who threw that rock at my car?’’ I said, ‘No, that wasn’t me.’ He said, ‘That is you!’” said Trumale Coleman. “He wanted to just discipline me, and change my life, and that’s what he did.” Coach Brown has been at it for 12 years at his gym. “I’m preventing our children from being the next offenders,”...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Whether it’s because of the cost of daycare, long waitlists or even shutdowns due to COVID-19 cases and exposures, it hasn’t been easy to find child care during the pandemic. However, there is hope through a program in Washington County through the Rutledge Institute, which is located on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania. READ MORE: Port Authority Police Officer Adopts Kitten Found On BusCherie Sears, director of the Rutledge Institute, said the preschool is unique because it not only offers child care and an innovative curriculum for the kids who attend, but it’s also free for families who qualify. “It’s such an incredible opportunity and people don’t know about it,” said Sears. An incredible opportunity, Sears says, that is life-changing for families. “Families do need to qualify financially, but it’s a very generous financial upper limit,” said Sears. Sears said the Rutledge Institute accepts up to 40 kids between the ages of 3 and 5. The program is accepting 20 kids on the preschool side and 20 on the pre-K side. READ...
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially launched its (ACP) on Friday that will provide millions of Americans with cheaper internet. This is the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit that helped nearly nine million people afford internet access during the pandemic earlier this year. Starting on Friday, households with an income that is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines will receive $30 off their monthly internet bill. And those living on qualifying Tribal lands, which includes recognized reservations, pueblos and colonies, will be given a monthly discount of $75. T-Mobile and AT&T announced Thursday they are joining the ACP and will provide their customers with the set discounts. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially launched its (ACP) that will provide millions of Americans with cheaper internet Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement: ‘The response...
    (CBS DETROIT)– The holiday season is a time for families to gather but for some caught in the criminal justice system, they miss out on this special time. Well one local non-profit is trying to change that. “Folks that have bail or have to pay a bond to get out, they have not been sentenced, they have not been convicted of the charges that they have been accused of. For us this is our collective way as a community to come together to one help these moms to reconnect them with their families,” said Nickolas Buckingham, Campaign Director for Michigan Liberation and Founder of Michigan’s Black Momma’s Bailout program. READ MORE: Bedrock Detroit Continues Expanding Its Footprint Along The Detroit RiverSince the start of the Michigan’s Black Momma’s Bailout program in 2018 the organization Michigan Liberation has bailed out nearly 50 moms from county jails. Three were bailed out last week, just in time to enjoy Christmas home with family. The program however; has seen opposition. “Doing bailouts is not the most beautiful campaign we always get a lot of...
    The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog warned Tuesday that the restrictions faced by his inspectors in Iran threaten to give the world only a "very blurred image" of Tehran's program as it enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels.  Speaking in a wide-ranging interview to The Associated Press, Rafael Mariano Grossi said he wanted to tell Iran that there was "no way around" his inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency if the Islamic Republic wanted to be "a respected country in the community of nations."  "We have to work together," Grossi said from a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, after he visited that country's first nuclear power plant. "They must work together. I will make sure they understand that in us they will have a partner."  SATELLITE IMAGES, EXPERT SUGGEST IRANIAN SPACE LAUNCH COMING   International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi arrives for an interview with The Associated Press, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Grossi's insistence that the...
                        Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday awarded funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Arizona, aimed to establish a new mentorship program. The $750,000 will be used to create a program that will serve approximately 550 Arizona kids over a two-year period. The money will expand BBBS in-school mentoring and college and career readiness programs, which have proven to help improve or maintain students’ grades and educational expectations. “It is crucial that we give our families the resources needed to ensure Arizona’s kids can grow up to lead safe and healthy lives,” said Ducey. “It’s no question that the pandemic brought countless challenges upon our kids. They faced time away from their classrooms, friends, teachers and role models that are so essential to their development, especially in their most formative years. I’m grateful for partners like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Black Mothers Forum for making sure our kids have positive role models and advocates.” Additionally, Ducey detailed that $500,000 in federal funding will help Black Mothers...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Program got a major boost on Thursday. READ MORE: Man Sentenced For Damaging Greene County Natural Gas Drilling SiteThe PPG Foundation provided the program with a $1 million gift. With the gift, each year, five students will be selected and named “PPG Scholars of the Pittsburgh Promise.” READ MORE: Report Of A Probation Violation Leads To Drug Bus In Washington CountyThose students will have the chance to build relationships and have mentoring experiences with company leaders as they pursue their degrees. “You have used your resources to bring us hope,” said Dr. Wayne Walters, the Pittsburgh Public Schools interim superintendent. “Hope in possibilities, hope in exposure, hope in mentorship, hope in equitable access for our young people to engage in and experience higher education.” MORE NEWS: West Virginia Man With Ties To Extremist Group Sentenced On Weapons ChargeThe Pittsburgh Promise has helped more than 10,000 Pittsburgh students go to college with more than $154 million in scholarships.
                      by Jon Styf  Tennessee residents eligible for the Child Care Certificate Program are getting a 10% increase in benefits. The program assists those who are in need of help with child care while they work or attend school. Eligibility for the Child Care Certificate program is determined by a variety of factors, including Families First eligibility, parents enrolled in post-secondary education, children in foster care and teen parents. Payments go directly to child care providers, and the October increase in assistance is part of additional federal funding from the Child Care and Development Fund. The state has a table of how much each family is eligible to receive. Providers that care for children with disabilities or special needs also will receive a 15% bonus. “Many child care providers have continuously and consistently served families throughout the pandemic, enabling parents to work and children to continue their critical early learning,” Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner Clarence Carter said. “This rate increase will create incentives to grow the child care industry and remove...
    Undocumented immigrants will soon benefit from free legal services, medical screening and other assistance, thanks to a new pilot program funded by the Department of Homeland Security.The Case Management Pilot Program is designed for immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, who instead of being put in detention are released on ankle monitors or are required to make regular check-ins.The program will pay local governments and nonprofits to make it happen.To learn more, visit www.dhs.gov.
    The current American healthcare system is extremely unpopular with the vast majority of American citizens. While there are several reasons for this unpopularity, two of the main reasons are also two of the largest — the lack of choice in the market and the outrageous prices of those few choices. While the two reasons may not be perfectly correlated, there is a level of causation between the lack of choice and the high prices. Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, the number of government-approved healthcare options has continued to dwindle while prices have continued to rise. The main factor in the reduction of choices seems to be the increased level of regulation. Regulations such as guaranteed issuing, essential services, and a ban on caps made it difficult for many insurers to compete, leading to mergers with larger companies and fewer options for the consumer. With fewer options on the market for consumers, those companies still offering their programs are now able to charge a higher monthly price. The increased monthly prices have been quite significant....
    BRENTWOOD, New York -- While most 19-year-olds are just starting their adult lives, Serena Liguori was in prison."It was certainly a really tough experience," said Liguori of Long Island. "Coming home as a 21-year-old from prison is not something people normally understand, and on Long Island, there's almost nobody who understands what that means."During her time in prison, she found that resources were scarce concerning women's health care, mental health, and support services.Liguori resolved that no other woman or child affected by the criminal justice system would feel like she did when she was released.Since there are no other agencies dedicated to empowering women and children impacted by incarceration on Long Island, Liguori created the nonprofit New Hour in 2015.Related: Student-founded nonprofit helping students in underserved communities"When an incarcerated female comes home, you embrace them," said Laquita Brooks, who joined the program at its launch. "You let them know that you are not the only one out there, and there's hope. We have a whole world out here of advocacy and people that fight for women like us."Their staff is...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. But for those who have served our country, transitioning out of the military and into civilian life isn’t easy. Workshops for Warriors is a national program making a difference in the lives of veterans. Headquartered in San Diego, Workshops for Warriors trains, certifies and places veterans and transitioning service members into advanced manufacturing jobs. READ MORE: American Red Cross Program Providing Resources & Support To Service Members, Veterans & Their Caregivers With a degree in business management, Rossi Patterson struggled to find work. “I had no job lined up, and I saw the skills that they could provide for me, so I decided to jump on and take the risk.”  The four-month program provides hands-on training in fields like welding and robotics. Patterson said Workshops for Warriors “actually changed my life in the most positive sense.” Hernan Luis y Prado is founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors. He said, “It takes anywhere from four to 40 months to train a service...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana is dropping out of a federal program that provides an extra $300 in weekly payments to unemployed workers and other programs that expanded unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the decision Monday, saying the changes would take effect June 19.RELATED: Broke: Unemployed and Unprotected - IDES, IL unemployment investigationThe changes come as many businesses blame the extra $300 weekly payment with making it more difficult to fill job openings.Indiana is also ending its participation in a federal program that has made gig workers and the self-employed eligible for assistance for the first time and another that provides extra weeks of aid.
                        The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accepting applications for an economic relief program providing $50 per month to help low-income families pay for broadband. “The Emergency Broadband Benefit program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands,” states an announcement shared Wednesday by Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Virginia-01). “Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.” Households are eligible for the program if a member of the household meets one of the criteria including: income at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines; receiving benefits like SNAP or Medicaid; receiving benefits under free and reduced school meal programs; receiving a Pell grant during the current year; or experiencing a “substantial loss of income due to job loss” after...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- One nonprofit is giving kids a head start. The Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) is offering its Early Head Start Program to Inglewood and Hawthorne families.Maria Escamilla and her 3-year-old son Mateo have been utilizing the program for over a year now and she said it's really helped her son."Now he's very friendly, he likes to be around people," Escamilla said. "He likes to do work, he likes to learn and that's been very helpful for him."LAEP is a 37-year old nonprofit that works with families from early education all the way through college and Early Head Start is one of a number of different programs offered."The Early Head Start Program serves pregnant mothers, all the ways through children to three-years-old," said LAEP CEO Michele Broadnax.In the program, families are given their own personal teacher to track healthy development in the child and there's also pre and post-natal support for moms."LAEP, comes into the home and really becomes part of the family. We create a bond with not just the mother but the child," said LAEP's...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — We have all learned over the past year how difficult social isolation can be, but for seniors with a small budget and health issues, it can be devastating. Kimberly Lewis said the I Did Something Good Today Foundation was “born out of people crying out for help and being scared and not knowing what to do.” (CBSLA) “It was born out of people crying out for help and being scared and not knowing what to do,” Kimberly Lewis, founder of the I Did Something Good Today Foundation, said. READ MORE: Disneyland Online Reservation System Experiencing Long Delays The nonprofit aims to address social isolation as well as health and housing issues for seniors. “We have multiple programs such as the GoldenTALK chat line and the delivery program that was born out of the pandemic,” Lewis said. “We also have a new program coming up next month, called Connect-a-Senior, where we’re going to be helping to fight the digital divide within the senior population.” But the good doesn’t stop there. For the last year, the nonprofit has...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Imagine starting a catering company as the COVID-19 pandemic began. That's what happened to Butter & Vine, which quickly did a pandemic pivot to become a meal delivery service.Butter & Vine delivers restaurant quality meals to customers. There's no delivery fee, if you spend $50.The company also offers Senior Happy Meals, a program offering free meals to seniors during the pandemic. With so many seniors isolating alone, the company wanted to make sure people knew they were not forgotten.RELATED: Josephine's Southern Cooking delivers meals to homebound seniorsSome of the favorite menu items are lobster rolls, brisket and butternut turkey lasagna.Food orders can be placed online.You can also donate to the Senior Happy Meals program. A $15 donation provides dinner. A $30 donation provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley studying a gun violence reduction program found it has helped decrease gun homicides and assaults in several California cities and saved taxpayers millions of dollars while serving as a model for police reform. The report by UC Berkeley’s Center for Global Healthy Cities found that the Advance Peace program, which relies on formerly incarcerated “Neighborhood Change Agents” to engage with offenders, interrupted 44 gun-violence conflicts in Stockton and mediated over 500 community conflicts that prevented escalation into gun violence between 2018 and 2020. READ MORE: Antioch Police Release Sketches Of Persons Of Interest In Daunzhay Young Murder The work translated into a 21% reduction in Stockton’s gun homicides and assaults compared to the average rate dating back to 2015. Specific districts within the city saw even more of an impact with over 45% reductions in gun homicides and assaults over that same time period, according to the report. Similar results from the program were seen in Sacramento in a March 2020 study, with gun homicides and assaults dropping 22%, and by...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The process of getting a COVID-19 vaccination can be very difficult for those with disabilities and their families. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is trying to change that through an in-home vaccination program."Unless you live with this, you don't understand how tough it can be to have some of these real basic things happen for people like that," said Marianne Lynch, whose son Chris has special needs.The L.A. County Sheriff's Department made a home visit to the Lynch family's home.Chief Jack Ewell administered a COVID vaccine to Chris, but not before making sure Chris was comfortable."It's just scary for them, and because of their physical limitations, they can't stand in line, you need to talk to them, they can't just walk into a clinic, sit down quietly and stay in line. They're just not able to do that - through no fault of their own," Ewell said.Monday, Chief Ewell did much of the same thing he did at the home visit but at the Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church in South L.A.MORE | Experts...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Portage Park resident has been helping her neighbors in need since the pandemic started. Now, a year later, her good deed has grown and is offering a delivery service that provides boxes filled with home essentials."I'm just happy to know that I am able to help my neighbors, whoever they are," said Jaclyn Crawford, founder of Portage Park Treasure Box.Everyday Crawford dedicates a couple of hours packing boxes with essentials that include toilet and paper towels, hand sanitizer as wells as dental and feminine hygiene. It all began last year when she noticed a need and began providing essentials from her front yard."I felt the need to do something when everyone saw people taking toilet paper off the shelves. I remember my big ah ha moment was walking in and seeing all the paper products gone," said Crawford.With the help of a grant from My Block, My Hood, My City and donations from her neighbors, Portage Park Treasure Box is now offering delivery services. All neighbors have to do is fill out a sheet found on...
    PIKE COUNTY – Fluor-BWXT’s JD Dowell recently accepted a $550 donation from Mimi Clausing for the Christmas Gifts for Children (CGFC) program. Clausing made and provided homemade masks/facial coverings to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering colorful and festive holiday designs for a donation to the program. It was her final charitable act as an employee at PORTS as she retired February 25 after 38 years of service. “We are grateful to our employees, retirees, local communities, businesses and volunteers who continue to make this a successful outreach program,” said FBP Site Project Director JD Dowell. “It has created a unique opportunity for us to help make Christmas less stressful and more enjoyable for many children who live in our area.” Every year, the CGFC program provides Christmas gifts to more than 3,000 children from low-income households in the region. Mimi Clausing presents a $550 check to Fluor-BWXT Site Director JD Dowell for the Christmas Gifts for Children Program which has been ongoing at the plant for nearly 30 years. Clausing provided the donation upon her retirement after 38 years...
    CONCORD (KPIX) — Contra Costa County is throwing a $75 million lifeline to renters and landlords with a new relief program funded by federal funds provided to the state. California’s $2.6 billion in federal COVID-19 rent relief money is finally going to begin helping ease the crisis facing both renters and landlords. It’s a chance for many across the Bay Area to escape the mountain of debt caused by the pandemic. READ MORE: Witnesses: Elderly Asian Woman Beats Up Man Attacking Her In San Francisco Concord’s Monument Corridor has a lot of apartments and a lot of residents like Hector Rodrigues. He hasn’t worked for a year and can’t pay the rent. Rodrigues now owes more than $7,000. “They’re telling me to pay, pay, pay…but how can I pay?” he asked. “Nothing, there is nothing.” But now, the COVID Rental Relief program is officially open for business. Contra Costa County alone has $75 million to help bail working-class people out of their rent debt, said Contra Costa District 3 Supervisor Diane Burgis. “I’m really excited that we have a program...
    BOSTON (CBS) — A non-profit is offering training and a promise to those trying to enter the workforce in a new career as the pandemic-related unemployment begins to recover. Thirty-five-year-old Jeovanny Tovar of Dorchester is a father of three. In 2020, he hit a rough spot when he lost his job during the pandemic as a fitness instructor. READ MORE: One Year After Getting Coronavirus, Brockton Couple Shares Message Of Hope “I hit a low point and almost depression. I hit a wall and I am looking at my kids and saying how can I show them my worth,” Tovar said. “I really didn’t know what I was going to do or what the future looked like.” Then he was introduced to Social Finance, an impact investing non-profit that aims to help low-income people to get the proper training and skills they need for in-demand jobs. “Yes, we have bad unemployment. There’s still six-million job openings across the country. More than half are good jobs with decent pay. But how do you get people who have been shut of the...
    Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Last month, as we reported, President Joe Biden in an executive order gave several federal departments, including the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, 90 days to come up with a plan for the formation of a Civilian Climate Corps—an echo of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930s, which is widely viewed as the most popular of the New Deal’s programs. In the midst of the Great Depression, the CCC put 3 million young men to work between 1933 and 1942. Reestablishment of a new CCC has been proposed for years, including during the Great Recession. On Friday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado resurrected 2020 legislation that would establish a "21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act" with $38.8 billion in funding with $9 billion of it going to hire and train men and women for outdoor jobs constructing trails, controlling invasive species, restoring wetlands, building parks, and, like its predecessor decades ago, planting trees. Susan Jane M. Brown, staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center, said: “Reinvesting in America’s public...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. This past fall, when Minnesota began to see a surge in COVID-19 cases, members of the state’s Hmong community felt a disproportionate impact. With the spike in cases came a spike in calls to a COVID-19 hotline run by the Hmong-American Partnership (HAP), a nonprofit community development organization focused on the needs of the Twin Cities’ Hmong community. Dr. Mai Moua“This fall’s surge really affected our community,” said Mai Moua, HAP’s interim CEO. “We are very clan- and family-oriented.” This intense family orientation requires that people offering help to members of the Hmong community look at the situation from an informed perspective. A good example of this is the public health advice that individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 isolate themselves from other members of their household, Moua continued: “It is hard for someone who is not Hmong to understand that if one person in a Hmong household gets COVID, there is often...
    After months of negotiations, Congress on Dec. 21 passed a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package with much-needed financial relief for agricultural producers, funding for food assistance programs, enhancements to the Paycheck Protection Program and funding for expanded broadband access, as well as additional financial resources for agricultural research and farmer stress assistance programs, among other things. The package provides an estimated $13 billion directly to agricultural programs, with $300 million allocated to the Commerce Department for assistance to fisheries. An article from American Farm Bureau Federation economists highlights many of the direct agricultural provisions in the bill. Here are some key provisions in the bill. The bill provides $11.2 billion to the USDA to support agricultural producers, processors, and contract growers impacted by coronavirus, including: Supporting producers of non-specialty crops (corn, wheat, etc.) by providing a payment in the amount of $20 per planted acre of such commodities. This payment is a supplement to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) which only covered 80% of the price loss due to...
            by Matthew Dickerson  President Donald Trump is right: There’s a lot of ridiculous gimmicks and wasteful projects in the new massive spending bill. And the good news is there’s something that Trump can do about it, even though he recently signed the huge COVID-19 stimulus and omnibus spending bill into law. pic.twitter.com/v9Rdjz6DNu — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020 While signing the bill, the president released a statement announcing that he would use his authority to request that Congress rescind wasteful spending from the bill. Under the Impoundment Control Act, the president can propose that Congress rescind, or cancel, specific unspent budget authority from programs he has determined are unneeded. The rescission package would be considered by the House and Senate under expedited procedures, without being subject to a filibuster in the Senate, and with protections for a minority of members to prevent the bill from getting bottled up in committee proceedings. This makes sense. The 5,593-page behemoth spending package was loaded with overspending, gimmicks, and dozens of unrelated other legislative provisions. It was written behind closed doors...
    With coronavirus cases skyrocketing, some Los Angeles County residents will now be able to screen themselves for infection at home. Under a newly launched county program, residents can be mailed free testing kits if they have symptoms of COVID-19, were recently in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case, or if they are a senior citizen or have disabilities and can’t go to an in-person testing site following a potential exposure. “We are doing everything we can to make sure testing is available to all,” Dr. Clemens Hong, who oversees local COVID-19 testing under the county Department of Health Services, said in a statement Friday. “This allows us to reach even more people — and they don’t have to risk exposing others by leaving their homes. It’s an important step for combatting the virus in L.A. County.” Tracking the coronavirus in L.A. County Tracking the coronavirus in L.A. County The latest maps and charts on the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, including cases, deaths, closures and restrictions. Residents who are interested in...
    By MACKENSY LUNSFORD, Asheville Citizen-Times ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Even in the middle of a pandemic, Biscuit Head co-owner Carolyn Roy had extra hours to give her employees Nov. 9. A big catering order was coming in, and some of her crew would have to get to work earlier than usual. This gig, a standing weekly order for the next few months, would send 150 scratch-made breakfast biscuits to the clients of Homeward Bound. And unlike the many food donations restaurants are accustomed to making, this job pays. The locally founded Feed Our City program, launched Oct. 30 by the pandemic-born nonprofit Asheville Strong, uses grants and private donations to pay restaurants fair retail prices for relief meals. Roy said it helps provide more hours for her staff heading into an uncertain winter. “No one knows what to expect,” she said, noting that the usual September restaurant slump never materialized. But with COVID numbers climbing and Biscuit Head still closed for indoor dining, there’s no telling what the cold weather will bring. “We don’t know what’s going to happen during...
    The surveillance video says it all. A homeless person is curled up Wednesday night on the sidewalk outside the doors of St. Andre Bessette Church in downtown Portland, Oregon. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot Then into the camera frame comes a marching group of black-clad Antifa militants. One of them approaches the area where the homeless person is curled up, pays no attention to the individual, and proceeds to the task at hand: Busting up the church's doors and windows. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot He then pathetically holds open the busted out door, presumably to let his comrades inside to do their usual ransacking and pillaging — but they ignore him as the terrified homeless person runs off. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot Finally, one of his buddies armed with a black umbrella has to pry the thug away. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot All in a...
    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A program that provides free coal to Navajos to heat their homes is starting up later this month. Many Navajos still use coal as a heating source, but accessing it became harder after a coal-fired power plant and its supply mine in northeastern Arizona shut down last year. The only coal mine still operating on the reservation is the Navajo Mine in northwestern New Mexico. Its owner, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, expanded its coal resource program to help fill the gaps. Each of the Navajo Nation's 110 chapters across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah can request tickets for coal on behalf of community members. Navajos have to pick up the coal themselves from the Navajo Mine outside Farmington, New Mexico. One ticket equals one ton of coal. Officials from the Navajo Transitional Energy Company say they'll load the coal into vehicles to ensure safety during the coronavirus pandemic. The pickups are available Wednesday through Friday, starting Oct. 28. Availability on Saturday will depend on the tribe's public health orders. The tribe has implemented daily curfews...
    SAN ANTONIO – EDITORS NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly said the businesses and nonprofits had been “awarded” the grants, though many of those tapped for the grants still needed to have their applications validated. This has been fixed in the script below. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Kristina Uriegas-Reyes shut down her vintage clothing shop, Hello Tallulah, for four months due to both restrictions and her own sense of caution. “That was incredibly tough because I built the business around brick and mortar,” Uriegas-Reyes said. She was able to get by with some help from different assistance programs, and now, an $8,000 grant through the City of San Antonio for micro-businesses will help her stock up on new inventory. “That’s a big thing for trying to get new people into the store,"Uriegas-Reyes said. “So people would have come in, and they would have been like, ‘Oh, this is the stuff she had six months ago.’ And it would have made my business stagnant." That grant puts her in the company of the lucky 709 businesses and 45...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The NYPD is launching a new public feedback pilot initiative in two precincts as part of the department's ongoing effort to better serve New York City residents.The "How Did We Do?" program will begin in the 25th Precinct and the 113th Precinct and offer an opportunity for police to hear directly from the people."It is often when New Yorkers are experiencing trauma, grief and sorrow that they turn to the police, giving our officers the privilege of serving them in their time of need," Commissioner Dermot Shea said. "The NYPD is committed to learning from what works best in our encounters with those we serve so we can continue our mission of helping people and keeping all New Yorkers safe."Starting Wednesday, the NYPD is deploying posters and palm cards at the precincts that link to a service-focused survey.Related: NYPD School Safety Division head Juanita Holmes named new chief of collaborative policingThe new survey is accessible from NYC.gov/nypd/feedback or by scanning the QR code with a smartphone's camera on the poster or palm card.The survey is...
    Keeping families in their homes. MPR’s Nina Moini reports: “A St. Paul housing assistance program started before the coronavirus pandemic is keeping some families in their homes, and officials want to know if it could help in ways that other housing assistance does not. … The city of St. Paul teams up with the school district to identify 250 families who may be at risk of losing their homes. Those families receive a $300 monthly rent supplement and supportive services, such as career readiness training, advocacy and mediation help, and housing mentorship. The program is funded with city and nonprofit funds for three years.” On the future of the Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement. The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola writes: “Elected officials called them disobedient. Social workers said they’re inexperienced. Neighbors saw them as rabble-rousers. … Through it all, the Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement has persisted. What was born out of a mad dash to find shelter for the homeless while the city burned has turned into a loose coalition of locals, many of them young and out of work during the pandemic,...
    DENVER (CBS4)- The November election is now under seven weeks away, and Colorado voters will soon be deciding whether to approve an initiative that could provide extended paid family or medical leave to the state’s workers. The measure, Proposition 118, would give almost every family in Colorado 12-16 weeks of paid family or medical leave with wage replacement starting at 90%. Whether you use it or not, you pay for it. The ballot measure would create a $1.3 billion per year state run insurance program. Democratic state Sen. Faith Winter and Democratic state Rep. Matt Gray penned an opinion piece for Colorado Politics that argues that the need for a program like this is “clearer than ever” amid the coronavirus pandemic. “For the essential workers in our community, like nurses, grocery workers, delivery drivers, and more, we need to ensure they’ll be able to take care of themselves or their loved ones should anyone in their family contract a prolonged illness. Giving workers paid leave to recover from a serious illness like COVID-19 will keep our communities safer and prevent...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An information campaign is underway in Los Angeles County to prevent evictions by supplying renters with legal aid and even lawyers to help them in eviction court."When tenants have legal representation, a family's chance of avoiding homelessness due to eviction increases by more than 70%," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who authored the motion to create the program, "Stay Housed L.A. County."The county is supplying over $10 million dollars to provide the outreach and legal aid. It comes as the county is struggling to reduce the number of unhoused people who are already living in tents and in their cars.California lawmakers approve bill to extend protections from evictionEMBED More News Videos The California Senate advanced legislation Monday to ban evictions through January for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic, sending the measure to the Assembly. "What we are faced with now is some 60,000 men, women and children who have to contend with this everyday and they have no place to call home," says Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.Stay Housed L.A. will...
    Following record unemployment rates in Florida during the course of the coronavirus pandemic, Miami-Dade County officials announced Tuesday a program that would use federal aid to ease some of the financial burden on homeowners and renters. Officials said that $ 10 million from the Congressional Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, would be given to the county’s COVID-19 Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program. The program will provide owners with up to three months of overdue rent per unit, with a maximum of $ 5,000 per unit. Landlords can apply for the program on behalf of their tenant if they meet the following criteria: 1.If the owner owns five or fewer rental properties2. If past rent, which has not yet been paid, has not been reimbursed by any other source3. The properties will be located in Miami-Dade County4. The tenant’s current income is equal to or less than 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI).5. The tenant’s current income must be affected by any job loss or income reduction due to...
    UNIONDALE, New York -- The love of soccer started when Jessica Monge was 10-years-old. Little did she know that her passion would later turn into non-profit, providing kids in El Salvador with the funds to continue their soccer program.Pazitos was created when Monge's uncle, who is also one of the youth soccer coaches in El Salvador, asked her to help collect donations for cleats or shin guards for the players. Monge was on a trip to visit some family who lives there and decided to help out.In March of 2019, the small town in El Salvador named El Achiotal lost all its funding for its youth soccer program. Monge decided she wanted to do more than just send some uniform shirts, so she started a fundraiser. This fundraiser eventually became Pazitos Play for Peace.The soccer program keeps boys and girls of El Achiotal engaged, healthy, and out of high-risk activities in one of the poorest countries in the world.Related: Long Island Dominican Restaurant creates mofongo dishes in honor of Hispanic baseball players"If the kids don't have soccer, then they're just...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With the new school year officially in full swing, it’s important to make sure every student has access to proper technology and devices for distance learning. That’s exactly why on Friday some students in Baltimore City picked up new Chromebooks thanks to a partnership with Verizon’s innovative learning initiative. This program was actually created before the pandemic, but teachers and parents say with the switch to virtual learning, it couldn’t have come at a better time. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Bridging the digital divide is the goal of Verizon’s innovative learning initiative. “I came to pick up our new laptops for school,” sixth-grader Kattery Magna Delacruz said. Delacruz is just one of the students in Baltimore City Public Schools picking up one of the over 1,300 Chromebooks being distributed thanks to a partnership with the Verizon network. Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle School and four other schools in the city are a part of the program. Johanna Mullaly is the Principal of Graceland...
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