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Renters Call for A Day of Action: A Q&A With Shamita Granberry

Renters Call for A Day of Action: A Q&A With Shamita Granberry

Thousands of renters and affordable housing advocates participated in rallies, marches and events on Sept. 22 to mark the National Renters’ Day of Action in more than 45 cities in about 20 states. Their goals: To draw more attention to evictions, housing costs, gentrification, displacement, communities, family safety and the need for policy solutions that […]

Illinois Creates New Protections in its Juvenile Justice System

Illinois Creates New Protections in its Juvenile Justice System

Grassroots advocates won new protections last week for youth charged with serious crimes in Illinois, including greater access to lawyers and video recordings of interrogations while they are in custody. On Aug. 22, Gov. Bruce Rauner approved legislation (SB 2370) designed to ensure that juveniles younger than 15 have legal representation if they are in […]

A Miss. College Student on Social Justice: A Q&A With Curtis Hill

A Miss. College Student on Social Justice: A Q&A With Curtis Hill

Students throughout the United States are returning to classrooms this month, and they’ll continue to do so into September. They’ll bring their summer vacation experience, as well as years of previous studies. For Curtis Hill, a first-year student at the University of Mississippi, the experience of returning to the classroom also includes years as a […]

Citizenship and Texas: Moms Win Fight for Kids’ Birth Certificates

Citizenship and Texas: Moms Win Fight for Kids’ Birth Certificates

The refusal by officials in Texas in recent years to accept certain types of identification to issue birth certificates for U.S.-born children confused and angered immigrant parents in the Lone Star State, especially in Latino communities. Last year, dozens of immigrant families, led largely by moms, took action and sued the state of Texas in […]

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

As the nation focuses on what is turning into a horse race between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic counterpart, the idea of implementing true change after Election 2016 might actually occur at the grassroots level. As partisan fighting continues to dominate Washington, D.C., concerned community members nationwide are raising their […]

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

Los Angeles is working to replace food deserts with food oases, especially after hearing from residents and grassroots advocates. In cities across America, many low-income neighborhoods are also food deserts, areas that lack well-stocked and large grocery stores where people can find healthy food, and use food stamps, officially known as SNAP benefits, to purchase […]

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