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‘Racism Is Not Always a Terrorist With a Gun’

‘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 [...]
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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On Why a Living Wage Matters – in L.A. and EverywhereTake 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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Alabamians Celebrate a Win for People Leaving PrisonTucked away in the new prison reform law that Gov. Robert Bentley signed last week on May 21 is a big win for second chances in Alabama: an end to the state’s lifetime eligibility bans for SNAP and TANF assistance for people with a past felony drug conviction. It’s a win on an issue that has [...]
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