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Child Care Investments Carry Dividends for All

Child Care Investments Carry Dividends for All

When the Great Recession hit California in 2007, state revenues declined sharply, many programs took big hits and the state’s deficit grew. Eight years later, the “wall of debt” has been significantly reduced and tax revenues have increased so significantly that there’s a projected surplus of more than $4 billion. The time has come to [...]
Punting on Alabama Prison Reform Will Have CostsSpring cleaning sometimes turns up surprises. While reorganizing my desk recently, I found a 25-year-old report on one of today’s hottest policy topics: reform of Alabama’s overcrowded prison system. Sadly, many of its recommendations are still applicable today. Stuffed amid other documents, the 1990 report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) boasted [...]
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LGBTQ Activist: Full Equality is Needed for All to ThriveA few days ago, I stood at the steps of the Supreme Court and shared my story as a queer immigrant in the United States. Thinking back, the most beautiful moment for me was when my husband said, “I’m an immigrant so I want to share my story in Spanish.” People get married for many [...]
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It’s Time to Stop Mass IncarcerationIn March, the Justice Department released a shocking report about the Ferguson Police Department and criminal justice system. The report found repeated violations of constitutional rights, including stopping and handcuffing people without probable cause, using stun guns without provocation, frequent racial slurs and a court system that disproportionately imposes fees, fines and imprisonment for debt on people [...]
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A Reflection on SB 1070, the Arizona Immigration LawApril 23, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the enactment of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 – the controversial immigration law commonly known as SB 1070.  For many immigrants in Arizona and civil rights activists throughout the country, the law was viewed as a form of repression. Among its provisions, it required immigrants to carry identification [...]
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Why We Need to Stop the Foreclosure BulldozerAt Albuquerque’s United South Broadway Corporation (USBC), a community development agency, we have 20 years of experience in helping prevent foreclosure by empowering low- and moderate-income homeowners to advocate for their interests with lenders and legislators. When Rose Ann Vasquez first contacted us, she had been fighting to save her house for more than a [...]
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Bus Rider Feedback is Crucial to Good Public TransitAs the buses started to roll in Clayton County, Georgia, a crowd of onlookers stood by with joy, pride and excitement in their eyes, pleased at what they were able to accomplish. Clayton County residents voted last fall to approve a one-cent sales tax increase to become the third county in Georgia that the Metropolitan [...]
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At the U.S.-Mexico Border, It’s Time for Deeper ThinkingThe auditorium was packed at the human trafficking conference in March at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas. Most of the audience were students; most of the presentations were by academics. The PowerPoint presentations and the discourse tended to be long on statistics. While the earnest professors kept the jargon to a minimum, the language [...]
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Cesar Chavez – His Legacy Lights a New Leader’s PathI was 11 years old when my parents brought me from Mexico to the United States. Both my parents were migrant farm workers from Guanajuato, Mexico. My father came to the United States as a bracero(guest worker) during World War II to harvest the crops in the absence of workers who had gone to fight [...]
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Ferguson Shows Why Courts Need to Be AccountableMAPLEWOOD, Mo. — Earlier this month, officials in Ferguson left their positions at dizzying speed in the wake of a scathing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report documenting corrupt court practices. As the city government collapsed like a house of cards, I stood in line at the municipal court in neighboring Maplewood, 15 minutes south [...]
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