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America’s Next Leaders: Youth Thrive When They’re Encouraged

Each story in the “America’s Next Leaders 2016” special series features a young person who contributes to his or her community and has received a Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. Each year, Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, honors young people with this award.  The Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance, which includes Community Coalition, nominated Jathan Melendez […]

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted opening day at a new sports complex in South Texas this month to detain two spectators, a woman and child, leading families and advocates to demand a meeting with local immigration officials. In La Joya, Texas, community groups want changes after Border Patrol agents aggressively questioned the woman and child […]

Uber Drivers Join Nationwide Fight for $15 and an End to Poverty

Uber Drivers Join Nationwide Fight for $15 and an End to Poverty

CHICAGO (AP) – Workers around the country went on strike at airports, shut down intersections outside fast-food joints, protested in Manhattan’s Financial District and went to jail Tuesday as part of a nationwide action for higher minimum wages. Over the course of the day, protests spread from Boston to Los Angeles, where fast-food, retail and […]

Grassroots Leaders on Voting in the South: This Region Is Changing

Grassroots Leaders on Voting in the South: This Region Is Changing

The results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election left many people surprised, if not downright stunned. But there is one aspect of Republican Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph that shouldn’t come as a shocker: He carried Mississippi. Since 1964, the state has chosen just one Democratic candidate for president – Jimmy Carter in 1976. That is, […]

Standing Rock Protesters Vow to Stay to Protect Water

Standing Rock Protesters Vow to Stay to Protect Water

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so. Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at […]

Report: Trump Immigration Adviser Backs ‘Muslim Registry’

Report: Trump Immigration Adviser Backs ‘Muslim Registry’

WASHINGTON (AP) — An immigration adviser to President-elect Donald Trump and a possible candidate for a top government post wants to make some changes at the Homeland Security Department, including recreating a system that required certain immigrants, including men and boys from 25 mostly Muslim nations, to register with the federal government upon their arrival. […]

America’s Next Leaders: Education Is Key for Chicago Youth

Each story in the “America’s Next Leaders 2016” special series features a young person who contributes to his or her community and has received a Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. Each year, Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, honors young people with this award.  The Equal Voice Network for the Midwest nominated Jose Mancilla, who is featured here, for […]

Protests Prompt Chicago Police Chief to Meet With Black Students

Protests Prompt Chicago Police Chief to Meet With Black Students

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police chief agreed on Nov. 11 to hold monthly meetings with a group of Black high school students who had planned a demonstration protesting an officer’s fatal shooting of a Black man and racist text messages distributed by students at another school. Superintendent Eddie Johnson has met with the group of […]

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A young professional family told me recently they are thinking of leaving Arkansas because the state isn’t committed to education and opportunities for their kids. Another parent of a child with special needs told me she’s frustrated her school can’t afford the help her child needs to get her reading up […]

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