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How a Youth-Led Solution Is Helping America

How a Youth-Led Solution Is Helping America

“Youth engagement” is all the rage these days in philanthropic circles—and for good reason. Young people are among our most innovative thinkers and passionate advocates—especially when it comes to tackling the problems they and their families experience firsthand. This is why increasing numbers of social justice funders are realizing that if we want to support […]

How Coalition Building in Arkansas Is Boosting Social Justice

How Coalition Building in Arkansas Is Boosting Social Justice

In 1993, a group of Arkansas grassroots, religious and labor leaders gathered to form a strategy how they could more effectively move positive reforms through our often resistant state Legislature. The leaders were frustrated that big business interests worked together to win favors and block reforms, while community and worker interests were isolated and often defeated. […]

News Analysis: The True Cost of California’s Proposition 47

News Analysis: The True Cost of California’s Proposition 47

California has long been seen as a harbinger on crime and punishment. During the tough-on-crime 1980s and ‘90s, California led the charge, passing “Three Strikes” and other harsh sentencing laws that became a model for other states to follow. In California, these laws led to prison crowding so extreme that the federal government put the […]

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North Carolina will chop 110,000 from […]

An Orlando Reflection: Damn Hate, Blessed Solidarity

An Orlando Reflection: Damn Hate, Blessed Solidarity

Whatever the motivations of the perpetrator in Orlando, Florida–the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States–this is yet another sad example of the devastating consequences of intolerance, hate and prejudice. The man responsible, a young American born in New York to parents from Afghanistan, apparently pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS […]

Why College Protests Over Immigration Agents Are About Justice

Why College Protests Over Immigration Agents Are About Justice

  In late April at San Diego City College, over two-dozen students quickly mobilized after learning that Border Patrol agents would have a booth at the career fair. The students solicited support from their professors, who also reached out to community organizations and planned a public demonstration at the Quad where the career fair would […]

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