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Including Everyone to Build a Coalition for Progress

Including Everyone to Build a Coalition for Progress

On July 9, over 150 Asian American and Pacific Islander college students from across the nation convened at the White House for the 2015 White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders Youth Forum. It was an engaging full-day conference that exceeded the usual program of speakers, workshops and panels to become a lasting [...]
Making Alabama Stronger Is the Right Thing to DoWhat makes a state strong? Answers to that question will vary, but healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities come to mind. Putting aside my own list for a moment, I wonder what would happen if our lawmakers used such a measuring stick for managing Alabama’s finances. As General [...]
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‘Racism Is Not Always a Terrorist With a Gun’We mourn for the families of the dead at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As we grieve, it’s time to rekindle a conversation about race in America and press for the changes that the Emanuel congregation championed for centuries — changes that also made it a target. The conversation needs [...]
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For Father’s Day: Strong Communities, Caring PeopleBeing a father is an honor. Fatherhood calls upon men to be responsible not only to their children but also to their culture and community. That responsibility is lifelong. It is a life way. At American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM), we see fatherhood work of the future as less likely [...]
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Gentrification Erodes the Idea of Housing as a RightEvery day the Metropolitan Tenants Organization works with renters who are facing the negative effects of gentrification and other economic forces that threaten their housing. Thousands of low-income renters and homeowners are displaced every year by a property law system with misplaced priorities. As a society, we all pay when people are involuntarily displaced because of increased crime, skyrocketing medical
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The Movement to End Caging Kids in Prisons GrowsFor years, researchers have documented the devastating impact solitary confinement has on the developing mind. More than half of suicides in juvenile facilities occur in solitary confinement, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Paradoxically, many institutions use solitary confinement as a responseto expressions of suicidal feelings). But even as study after study has revealed [...]
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Let’s End the Detention of Migrant FamiliesStaff members of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the U.S. government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas. The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United [...]
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Silicon Valley Tech Can Do Better With Hourly WagesWhen you think about it, most of us owe a debt of gratitude to Silicon Valley. Own a smartphone? Enjoy watching movies on your tablet? Got a favorite app? Find yourself trolling social media sites?  Many of these devices and experiences are made possible by the tech giants that call Silicon Valley home. The abilities [...]
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Immigration Reform Analysis: The Next Legal Steps?WASHINGTON, DC – The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, announced on Tuesday, which sustained the injunction against the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions was disappointing but also expected. The obvious implication is that the millions of undocumented immigrants who stand to benefit from the expansion of the [...]
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Acciones Ejecutivas: ¿Qué sigue?WASHINGTON, DC – El fallo del Quinto Circuito de Apelaciones en Nueva Orleáns, emitido el martes, que sostuvo el bloqueo a la implementación de las acciones ejecutivas migratorias giradas en 2014 por el presidente Barack Obama, fue adverso pero ya se anticipaba. Implica obviamente que los millones de indocumentados que se pueden beneficiar de la [...]
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