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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Building the New Tennessee Electorate

Building the New Tennessee Electorate

You might not realize it, but over the past decade Tennessee’s immigrant population has been one of the fastest growing in the country. Nashville is still best known for country music and cowboy boots, but already more than 13 percent of our city is foreign-born. While many have celebrated and valued our increasing diversity, nativist […]

Construyendo el nuevo electorado de Tennessee

Construyendo el nuevo electorado de Tennessee

Es posible que usted no se haya dado cuenta todavía, pero en la última década, la población de inmigrados en Tennessee ha sido una de las de más rápido crecimiento en el país.  Nashville todavía es la ciudad más conocida por su música country y las botas vaqueras, pero más del 13 por ciento de […]

Texas Mom on Election 2016: ‘Votar es amar’ or ‘To Vote is to Love’

Texas Mom on Election 2016: ‘Votar es amar’ or ‘To Vote is to Love’

I was born in the United States, in Brownsville, Texas, on the border with Matamoros, Mexico. But I grew up in Matamoros, where my father had his job, and my mom her family. In our Mexican community, going to vote was a lot like going to Mass—you didn’t always understand everything, but you faithfully took […]

Madre texana en la Elección 2016: ‘Votar es amar’

Madre texana en la Elección 2016: ‘Votar es amar’

Nací en los Estados Unidos en Brownsville, Texas, en la frontera colindando con Matamoros, México, pero de hecho crecí en Matamoros, donde mi padre tenía su trabajo y mi mamá sus familiares. En nuestra comunidad mexicana, ir a votar era como ir a misa; no siempre se comprendía todo, pero uno participaba fielmente.  Al igual […]

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