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Immigrants in Ohio: Thoughts and Life on the Other Border

Immigrants in Ohio: Thoughts and Life on the Other Border

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: They are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine. The picture blows the water out of the argument that deportations are focused on criminals or recent border crossers without ties to the United States, that [...]
In Ala., Helping People Find a Voice – and With Voting, TooMy experience working as a family engagement fellow in South Mobile County, Ala. has changed me forever, teaching me the true meaning of community and the ability for everyone to be heard and be whole. The county suffered two catastrophic disasters: Hurricane Katrina destroyed Bayou La Batre, the shrimp capital, and the BP oil spill [...]
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The War on Poverty Hasn’t Failed – It’s the EconomyWe have spent the last year memorializing the events of 1963 which led to the enactment of the major civil rights legislation of that decade. The events that played out in cities like Birmingham and Selma, and other countless communities across our country, were among the first that were brought into the living rooms of [...]
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Across Race, Generation: Pete Seeger and Ending PovertyPete Seeger knew the power of song. Through it, he influenced generations of people across the country and world. He was one of the few artists to take the power of music and use it to inspire people to move America toward a more equitable society.
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If Cesar Chavez Were Alive TodayThis month, a new film documenting Cesar Chavez’s historic campaign to organize farmworkers in America will be released in time for what would have been his 87th birthday. Chavez rose to prominence as a founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW), where he organized thousands of poor Latino workers laboring in fields throughout central California. [...]
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From the Scripture: Strangers, They are Hungry and AngelsFor those who live alongside a border, hospitality is at once a virtue and an expectation. The coming and going of strangers is, at the same time, exotic and normal. The sharing of bread is a necessity and a privilege. As a border resident, I enjoy learning new ways to practice hospitality. Recently, I was [...]
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Movement Building and Challenging Mass IncarcerationI recently received a spoken word piece called “The New Jim Crows” from an unlikely source – a public defender in North Carolina named Danny Spiegel. The title pays tribute to Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book: “The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Spiegel’s poem is an outpouring of the heartache and frustrations [...]
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A Living Wage is an Equal VoiceTake a look at your bills, starting with essentials: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family just to get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have to do without to make ends meet? [...]
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Pollution: In Our Air, in Our PoliticsAs a kid growing up in the LA air basin during the smoggy 50s and 60s, I thought of irritated eyes and a sore chest as normal parts of life. The sky on hot summer afternoons was a brownish yellow shade, and the air sometimes made your eyes water. In my later childhood years, I [...]
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Strong Communities Need Strong School BoardsWhile it may not be evident from voting patterns, casting votes for local school board members may have greater impact on a community’s overall quality of life than any other vote cast. Quality public schools bring the things that ensure a high quality of life — strong economic climate, better jobs, civic engagement, more citizens [...]
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