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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 […]

Chicago Renters Back ‘ROOTS’ as Solution to Affordable Housing

Chicago Renters Back ‘ROOTS’ as Solution to Affordable Housing

CHICAGO – In Roxanne Smith’s kitchen, a framed excerpt from Barack Obama’s 2008 Grant Park presidential victory speech hangs for all to see. “America, we have come so far,” it reads. “But there is so much more to do.” Smith, 60, has come a long way herself in recent years. In 2013, she faced potential homelessness […]

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Donald Trump outlined his ideas for a new approach to immigration Wednesday with rhetoric steeped in fear – of criminals, illegal drugs, job loss and threats to national security – that also stoked fear among immigrant families across the country. But, he energized those same families and their communities in ways that could ultimately be seen […]

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

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 […]

Want to Fix U.S. Schools? Look to Native American Communities

Want to Fix U.S. Schools? Look to Native American Communities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hidden in a corner of this city, amid a gleaming office park, strip malls, vacant lots, Interstate 40, and perhaps the city’s nicest Starbucks, is a two-story school that holds one of the country’s most promising educational models for Native American students. The Native American Community Academy sits in New Mexico’s biggest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

In a special two-part radio series, NPR’s Latino USA investigates the unusual death of a man in an U.S. immigrant detention center, and what his death tells us about conditions —especially mental health services— inside the immigrant detention system. This investigation was reported with assistance from The Marshall Project. Equal Voice News is sharing it […]

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