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On Inauguration Day 2017, a Divided America Continues

On Inauguration Day 2017, a Divided America Continues

WASHINGTON — Citizens of a divided America descended on the streets of the capital on Friday as Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. It was, perhaps, the most polarized Inauguration Day since Abraham Lincoln took office. Protests broke out and people here expressed sharp criticism of the businessman who now occupies the […]

America’s Next Leaders: A Calif. Woman Works to Stop Sexual Assault

Each story in the “America’s Next Leaders 2016” special series features a young person who contributes to his or her community and has received a Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. Each year, Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, honors young people with this award.  Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance, which includes LAANE, nominated Brittany Rivas for the […]

Five Things You Need to Know About Trump’s First 100 Days

Five Things You Need to Know About Trump’s First 100 Days

President Donald Trump wasted no time attacking the political establishment and promising that the forgotten will be at the center of his presidency in an inaugural address packed with general promises and few specific policies. While short on details, within hours President Trump moved quickly to signal the kind of America he envisions. The White […]

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

Women’s March on Washington Expects 200K People on Jan. 21

Women’s March on Washington Expects 200K People on Jan. 21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10. When throngs of women from around the nation converge on Washington for a march on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, they will arrive driven by a multitude of motivations. Gay rights, gun control, immigrant rights, equal pay, reproductive freedom, […]

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters gathered Saturday to support immigrant rights at rallies around the U.S., denouncing President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pledges to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and to crack down on Muslims entering the country. “We are not going to allow Donald Trump to bury the Statue […]

America’s Next Leaders: A NOLA Youth Defends ‘Everyone’s Humanity’

Each story in the “America’s Next Leaders 2016” special series features a young person who contributes to his or her community and has received a Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. Each year, Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, honors young people with this award.  VAYLA New Orleans, working with One Voice Louisiana, nominated Gabrielle Nguyen for the award. Here […]

Motel Where MLK Planned Civil Rights Actions Becomes Monument

Motel Where MLK Planned Civil Rights Actions Becomes Monument

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A motel room once used by Martin Luther King Jr. to plan civil rights protests is the centerpiece of a new national monument in Alabama. President Obama signed an order creating the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in one of his final acts as the nation’s first Black president. The announcement, […]

Fighting Fear, Building Power: MLK and a Beloved Community

Fighting Fear, Building Power: MLK and a Beloved Community

On Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, community organizers, artists, activists, scholars, faith leaders and families of all backgrounds will come together for “Fighting Fear, Building Power: Renewing the Call for a Beloved Community.” We expect these simultaneous community gatherings – held in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Detroit and Baltimore – to attract more […]

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