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The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

As the nation focuses on what is turning into a horse race between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic counterpart, the idea of implementing true change after Election 2016 might actually occur at the grassroots level. As partisan fighting continues to dominate Washington, D.C., concerned community members nationwide are raising their […]

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January. You know about Clinton, who made U.S. history on Tuesday by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major political party, but probably not Thomas — […]

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

With Immigrant Heritage Month having ended last month, I’ve taken the time to reflect on my humble beginnings and all the opportunities this great country has provided me. As director of policy and advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, I have worked with many immigrants who have made America their home in order to escape […]

America’s Stateless People: How Immigration Gaps Create Poverty

FRESNO, Calif. — They came to America in the 1970s and 1980s as child refugees, members of the Hmong minority in Laos fleeing that country’s new communist government and persecution for helping the CIA in its covert war in Southeast Asia. America held the promise of safety and a piece of the American dream. Many […]

500K Texas Voters to Benefit as Court Says ID Law Discriminates

500K Texas Voters to Benefit as Court Says ID Law Discriminates

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, following claims that at least a half-million registered voters could have struggled to cast a ballot. The ruling was a striking election-year victory for President Barack […]

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 […]

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a Black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. Three other officers were […]

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. […]

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