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Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

After the inauguration of the new president, and with clear signs in my opinion that he intends to bully immigrants, the children of immigrants woke up afraid. One mother, here in South Texas, told me that her son came home after school, weeping, claiming that he didn’t want to go to Mexico. His mother, holding […]

We Need Good Housing for All, Especially for Black History Month

We Need Good Housing for All, Especially for Black History Month

On Jan. 15, we celebrated the dreamer-activist, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This month, we celebrate Black History. As an older, African American, lesbian, activist, scholar, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, caregiver, friend, it is traditionally a time for me to reflect on the history and herstory of my ancestors in this country and […]

Pipelines and Presidents: Why Rights and Mother Earth Matter

Pipelines and Presidents: Why Rights and Mother Earth Matter

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to move forward with building the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. We believe this does nothing to protect millions of families and uphold the human right to clean water. Native Americans and our allies are organized and prepared to advance the resistance against continued investment in […]

Opinion: A Strong Democracy Means Sanctuary and Safety for All

Opinion: A Strong Democracy Means Sanctuary and Safety for All

Cities and counties around the country are taking the audacious step of declaring their municipal governments sanctuaries to demonstrate solidarity with immigrants and refugees who reside within their jurisdictions. The bold declarations are necessary and responsible actions that respond to the increased threats by President Donald Trump about targeting immigrants and refugees for mass deportation. […]

DREAMers Contribute to America. Now, It’s Time for Congress to Help

DREAMers Contribute to America. Now, It’s Time for Congress to Help

Those of us who have fought in the struggle for immigrant rights are accustomed to both stunning victories and crushing defeats. Here in Florida, we have won in-state tuition for undocumented students, stopped the construction of a large, private immigration detention center and halted a variety of draconian anti-immigrant bills, including an Arizona-style “show me your […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Muslim Woman On Election 2016: ‘Time to Uplift Our Communities’

A Muslim Woman On Election 2016: ‘Time to Uplift Our Communities’

I am an immigrant. I am a Muslim. I am a woman. Each piece of my identity has been picked apart, threatened, alienated and attacked during these incredibly long several months that have led up to this election. Each piece of me now needs to heal. Just as each marginalized piece of our country needs […]

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Are you sick of the election yet? One thing that seems certain is that our politics remain as hyperpartisan and dysfunctional as ever. I may be naive, but I think Arkansas has an opportunity to help lead the country back toward pragmatic progress on the issues that will make our families […]

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