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Special Series: A Black Teen Campaigns for Dignity

When faced with adversity, New Orleans teenager Rahsaan Ison took what ultimately could have been a negative life experience and transformed it into something that could be used for positive change. In January 2014, Rahsaan was a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), when he crossed railroad tracks and a parked [...]
Katrina Families Are Rebuilding – Wherever They AreHOUSTON (AP) — Bunk beds dominate the narrow living room of Chevelle Washington’s modest three-bedroom brick townhouse apartment. A large box in the corner is piled high with kids’ shoes. The 51-year-old is raising six of her grandchildren. Her home is a refuge, a haven. It was that way back in her native New Orleans, too [...]
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Curtis Hill believes in the power of voice. For the past few years, this teenager from Lexington, Mississippi has used his passion, intellect and leadership skills to work with other young people to refine and raise their voice so that communities can be better places. As a youth organizer with the Nollie Jenkins Family Center [...]
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Workers in Birmingham to Get $10.10 Minimum WageBirmingham, Alabama boosted its minimum wage to $10.10 per hour on Aug. 19, taking a major step to fight poverty and becoming the first city in the Deep South to successfully take up the issue. “This is not the first time that Birmingham has shaken and surprised the world,” said Scott Douglas, a wage increase [...]
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For more than three years, Randarious Cooper, a 17-year-old Lexington, Miss. native, has been working with Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC), which advances the “goal of empowering the citizens of the community by developing grassroots leaders.” Randarious is quickly becoming one such leader. He has led campaigns around the abolition of corporal punishment in schools. [...]
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What Happens When Illinois Really Has No Budget?CHICAGO – As Illinois enters its second month without a budget, thousands of families find themselves without access to child care and other state services while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats remain gridlocked over a $6 billion financial gap which threatens to shut down state facilities. On July 1, legislators missed the deadline to pass [...]
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Convergence: Housing, Race and Black Lives MatterWith the Aug. 9, 2014 anniversary of Michael Brown’s killing still in the minds of people throughout the country, it is time for housing activists to support and build bridges with the movement known as Black Lives Matter. This call to action should not elicit the jaw-dropping, what-are-you-saying response that it often does. To begin [...]
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At age 19 and after living in the United States for 10 years, Alejandro Guizar Lozano faced the possibility of being deported to Mexico, a country that he left as a child. That would have meant being separated from his family, friends and community in Tennessee. As a result, he became involved with the Education [...]
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A Vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and EverywhereThis month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we mark the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the failures of 1965. It [...]
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Special Series: A Woman Wants Youth to ‘Dream Big’Tracy Chacon was born and raised in one of the most impoverished areas of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite a childhood filled with adversity caused by poverty, she is a determined community member who is offering much-needed support to others so that positive change can take root. In high school, her grades were strong enough to [...]
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