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4 Million Undocumented People in the U.S. Could Now Become Documented. Here’s How.

Immigrant Immigration Rally American flag

Last night President Obama announced a new executive action on immigration that allows an estimated 4.4 million undocumented people in the U.S. (about 36% of the estimated 12 million current undocumented people) to become “documented.” How does it work? Let’s start with the basics. What does it mean to be “undocumented” and how does someone become “documented”? Being undocumented means not having

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Street Harassment: Hurtful and Possibly Illegal in Your State

Young woman in despair against brick wall

Over 34 million people have now seen this video showing some of the harassment a woman experienced while walking the streets of New York City for 10 hours: Hollaback!, the non-profit organization that produced the video, wanted to start a conversation, and they got one – both positive and very, very negative. The woman appearing in the video, Shoshana Roberts, has received plenty of

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Getting legal advice over the phone can be as quick and easy as ordering a pizza

Legal advice like pizza delivery

Have you ever had a burning legal question and needed to talk to a lawyer about it NOW? With new services from LawDingo.com and Avvo.com*, it’s now much easier to get a real attorney on the phone right away, answering your questions. Avvo.com’s Avvo Advisor promises to get you a satisfactory answer from an attorney within 30 minutes or it’s free. Sounds a lot like ordering

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What does it mean for the federal government to “recognize” same sex marriage?

Same sex wedding

As expected, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same sex marriages performed in the latest 6 states to get marriage equality. Now, the federal government recognizes (there’s that word again) such marriages performed in all 32 states (and DC) which currently have marriage equality [shown in blue in the map]. “Samesex marriage in USA” by Lokal_Profil – Vector

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In Sex Ed, Telling Kids to “Wait Until Marriage” Doesn’t Work. But What About “Wait a Few Years”?

Sex education

It’s well documented that abstinence-only programs, which merely preach to kids about waiting to have sex until marriage, aren’t effective. The programs don’t actually reduce teen sexual activity, and because they don’t discuss proper use of contraception, they likely increase the risk of teen pregnancy and STDs. Despite this evidence, many states’ education policies still emphasize abstinence programs, and 46% of boys and 33%

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Report Shows Up to 72% of Airbnbs in NYC are Illegal; Govt to Step up Enforcement

BnB bed and breakfast sign

A report released yesterday reveals that up to 72% of Airbnb listings in New York City violate state and/or city laws which prohibit renting out an apartment for less than 30 days.1New York state Multiple Dwellings Law and New York City Administrative Code 27-2004(a)(8) both prohibit most apartment buildings from being rented out for a period of less than 30 days. See also NY Attorney General Airbnb Report,

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