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California’s Drought, Like Katrina, Is Displacing Families

California’s Drought, Like Katrina, Is Displacing Families

It’s been 10 years since my mother lost the only house she’s ever owned. A warehouse worker in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the poorest American cities, my mother lost her house to the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina that uprooted families, killed thousands and laid waste to entire neighborhoods throughout the Gulf States. My mother [...]
Labor Day: A Time to Truly Honor All Who Work and HelpFor millions of working parents like me, the juggling act between our homes and offices gets even more frantic as our kids head back to school. My daughter just started kindergarten. Some days, I’m proud of how my husband and I manage the demands of our jobs while also taking care of her and my [...]
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Child Care and Families in Illinois Need to Be PrioritiesIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s quiet decision to drastically change the income guidelines for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) three months ago is about to generate more noise and attention from working families — and the vital human services put in place to support them. Here at Erie Neighborhood House on Chicago’s near West [...]
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Honoring Maya Miller: She Took on Police Abuse and MoreMy late friend Maya Miller would have turned 100 on June 29, 2015. As I reflect on her remarkable life, one that spanned nearly a century of American history, I wonder what Maya would have to say about the current conversation about race and racism sparked by police shootings of Black Americans and the murder [...]
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Education Success Happens When Parents Come TogetherLourdes Flores is the executive director of ARISE, a grassroots organization in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She knows that education is key to a community’s development. Her son is a bright, hard-working student who, last year, was in the eighth grade. Lourdes is a mother who understood the recent changes in Texas’ graduation requirements, and, [...]
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Katrina Reflections: ‘I Am Very Thankful to Still Be Here’As I reflect on Aug. 29, 2005, I am very thankful to still be here. My family and I could not leave. So, we lived through the devastation where I resided in New Orleans East. Though we had gone to a hotel, we saw how Katrina destroyed our city. Ten years later, though things have [...]
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Katrina Reflections: Still in the StormAug. 28, 2005: “We’ve been on the road since 2 a.m. this morning, escaping the ‘storm of the century’; the worst storm to have ever attacked the city of New Orleans. Katrina is a Category 5 hurricane, with winds of 175 mph. Meteorologists and other officials are calling it ‘catastrophic.’ “We don’t know what we’ll go [...]
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Katrina Reflections: Progress Without Equity Is UnjustEveryone who lived through the life-changing event of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 has plenty of recovery stories. Personally, after going to bed with a sigh of relief thinking that my family and I had escaped the storm, I awoke to watch the news the next morning after Katrina made landfall. I was devastated to [...]
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Katrina Reflections: May Our Efforts Go ForwardIt’s been generally agreed that, prior to Katrina, there was sufficient affordable housing. While not necessarily in the best condition, there were more available and affordable homes for all income ranges. Of course, with the storm and ensuing flood, all of that changed. Over 280,000 homes were either completely destroyed or damaged — a staggering [...]
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A New Focus Can End Mass Incarceration in WisconsinIn June, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said that the “challenges in terms of people being incarcerated for relatively low offenses is not a significant issue in the state of Wisconsin.” I respectfully disagree. Wisconsin state Department of Corrections (DOC) data demonstrate that imprisoning individuals for relatively low offenses is a serious problem. A recent DOC report [...]
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