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Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Disenfranchising people for past criminal convictions has a long history. In ancient Greece and Rome, they had a name for stripping away people’s voting rights and other rights: “civil death.” English colonists brought ex-felon disenfranchisement to America. Today, for 4.3 million American citizens who have left prison after doing time for a felony, freedom quickly […]…

A Native American School Develops Future Leaders

A Native American School Develops Future Leaders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you want to understand the Native American Community Academy, a good place to start is its relationship with one of this city’s pioneering grassroots organizations, Americans for Indian Opportunity. The academy, which is often simply known as NACA, has been working with Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) since before its first school […]…

  • Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

    Appalachian Kentucky is losing scores of coal mining jobs and is receiving national attention from presidential candidates. In a special report, Equal Voice News visited the historic region and listened to residents talk about jobs, communities and loved ones.…

  • Child Care’s Broken Promise: Parents Want Solutions

    In a special report about "The Dignity of Living," working parents talk about seeking access to quality and affordable child care so that their loved ones can be safe and they can tend to their jobs with peace of mind. But parents say the child care system needs improvement - and they want solutions.…

  • Medicaid Denied: The Cost May Be Measured in Lives

    As part of "The Dignity of Living" special series, Equal Voice News traveled to the Mississippi Delta to learn about the lives of residents whose elected leaders have declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.…

Raising Voices in Chicago to Stop Crime and Foster Healing

Raising Voices in Chicago to Stop Crime and Foster Healing

On Aug. 4, more than 100 grassroots advocates and community members gathered in Chicago at the HopeWell M.B. Church to launch the “Survivors Alliance for Justice and Healing.” They also shared stories about their lives. For the participants, a key part of the solution to achieve that justice and promote healing in Chicago is a […]…

U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced Thursday it will phase out its use of some private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates and immediately sending shares of the two publicly traded prison operators plunging. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told it to start reducing “and ultimately […]…

  • Lack in a Land of Plenty: Advocates Seed Solutions in Food Deserts

    Lack in a Land of Plenty: Advocates Seed Solutions in Food Deserts

    Residents in rural and urban areas are not merely accepting food deserts, in which there's a shortage of fresh produce. They're working on the grassroots and policy level to boost access to healthy food for community members. Read what people are doing to help, especially in Appalachian Kentucky and South Los Angeles.…

  • How a Youth-Led Solution Is Helping America

    How a Youth-Led Solution Is Helping America

    What is the net positive when people take time to truly ask, listen and act when it comes to youth in America? In New Orleans, that net positive is turning out to be the success of a "business incubator" for young people. It's a place where Black and other youth are coming together for panel discussions and peer mentoring. The U.S. State Department also is taking notice of this place for positive change.…