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What’s Driving Migrant Kids to Flee? Take a Guess

What’s Driving Migrant Kids to Flee? Take a Guess

Sara is from San Pedro Sula, a large city in Honduras. She has wiry hair and a four year old who has figured out how to knot one of her bags to her small backpack. I met her in Brownsville, as she was waiting for a bus to take her to New Orleans. After visiting [...]
This Mascot Skews Reality About the First PeopleI never really paid a lot of attention to the Native American mascot issue – until recently. I was one of the silent people who thought, “It’s not my fight. I have other things in my community I need to work on first.” I live in Los Angeles County. It is home to the largest [...]
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Ready to Protect Our Veterans?A season of patriotism reached its peak as Alabamians celebrated our country’s independence on July 4. A month earlier, we marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that changed the course of World War II. Every May, we honor the memory of all Americans who died in military service to their country. On these [...]
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A Reflection – on Better U.S. High School Graduation RatesLike high schools across the state and nation this summer, North Texas campuses have finished graduation season. As a former school board member in one of those districts, I can say there was no more meaningful experience than handing out diplomas to bright-eyed students as they crossed the stage. It is, after all, the moment [...]
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Improving Federal Laws To End Poverty in Indian CountryPoverty on Indian reservations and tribal lands is persistent and more severe than for any other population in the United States. This is due in large part to federal laws that treat tribes as if they have no constitutional rights and make economic development extremely hard for Indian communities. Bad Law Creates Poor Living Conditions [...]
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Unaccompanied Kids at Border: ‘Nuisance’ or Blessing?On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the United States. Because I had some time before we were supposed to [...]
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Juneteenth, Immigrants and the Meaning of EmancipationJuneteenth – June 19, 1865 – is Emancipation Day. However, it is also only a reminder that Emancipation is still but a promise undelivered. The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among [...]
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When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step BackEvery great social movement has been led by those most affected. The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception. This is no top-down “War on Poverty” that can be abandoned at the whim of politicians. This is a movement bubbling [...]
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For Military Families in Atlanta: Food at the CommissaryAt the end of September 2013, Fort McPherson’s Commissary closed, leaving retirees, veterans, active and reserve military and their families without an affordable place in the Atlanta region to shop for groceries. This situation caused many of us and our military family members to experience large increases in grocery spending due to the fact that [...]
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Calif. Mom: Paid Family Leave is Crucial for Loved OnesMy name is Mary Ignatius, and I am the statewide organizer of Parent Voices, a parent-led, parent-run grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families. I am a parent of a 5-year-old and 9-month-old and as an activist for work family issues. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of [...]
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