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Audrey Reed, 8, holds up a sing through the sunroof of a car during a rally in Los Angeles, Monday, July 20, 2020. Thousands across the country walked off the job to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Workers protest racial inequality on day of national strike

Jul. 20, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers from the service industry, fast-food chains and the gig economy rallied with organized labor Monday to protest systemic racism and economic inequality, staging demonstrations across the U.S. and around the world seeking better treatment of Black Americans in the workplace....

FILE - In this June 19, 2020, file photo, people demonstrate in Chicago, to mark Juneteenth. A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work July 20, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

AP Exclusive: 'Strike for Black Lives' to highlight racism

Jul. 8, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands...

Ecstatic landowner and Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent, Richard Averitt, poses near his property where the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline was supposed to cross Monday July 6, 2020, in Nellysford, Va. Averitt ended his six year fight with Dominion Energy when they announced that developers were scrapping the $8 billion natural gas project is a historic, grassroots win for the environment and a turning point in the fight to stop climate change. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Opponents: Pipeline's defeat 'a testament to perseverance'

Jul. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single person who thought they would succeed. The...

In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, photograph, a woman walks past a mural in tribute to Frederick Douglass on the exterior wall of the Black-owned Slade's Bar and Grill in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Many from outside Boston have recently ordered takeout, purchased gift cards and supported the restaurant amid nationwide protests against racism. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Religious leaders to invoke Frederick Douglass on July 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty. The religious leaders are scheduled this weekend to frame their sermons around “What to the Slave is the...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, left, founder of the Climate Reality Project, and the Rev. William Barber II, president of the Repairers of the Breach, visit Lowndes County resident Charlie Mae Holcombe to talk about the failing wastewater sanitation system at her home in Hayneville, Ala. An anti-poverty coalition led by Barber is scheduled to hold a virtual march Saturday. The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington aims to build upon the nation’s principles to pursue solutions to poverty — something advocates say is getting especially severe in rural areas. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett, File)

Poor People's Campaign eyes 'virtual march' in poverty fight

Jun. 18, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Clergy and religious leaders are preparing to hold a virtual march Saturday to highlight the plight of Americans struggling with poverty — people like Madelyn “Maddie” Brace and her boyfriend, Luciano Benavidez. For weeks, Brace and her 4-month-old daughter have...

Sarzana Khan, center, and Gabriel Reyla, right, march with gay activists and suppoters on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Sunday, June 14, 2020, at a protest over the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Latest: Interfaith group holds vigil outside St. John’s

Jun. 14, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — A group of interfaith leaders held a prayer vigil outside St. John’s Church near the White House. — The mother of Trayvon Martin joined hundreds of demonstrators at a rally in downtown Miami. — At least seven Minneapolis police officers have quit and another seven...