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Renters Call for A Day of Action: A Q&A With Shamita Granberry

Renters Call for A Day of Action: A Q&A With Shamita Granberry

Thousands of renters and affordable housing advocates participated in rallies, marches and events on Sept. 22 to mark the National Renters’ Day of Action in more than 45 cities in about 20 states. Their goals: To draw more attention to evictions, housing costs, gentrification, displacement, communities, family safety and the need for policy solutions that […]

Don’t Believe the Hype: Poverty Drop Signals Need for Real Progress

Don’t Believe the Hype: Poverty Drop Signals Need for Real Progress

The nation’s poverty rate dropped below 14 percent last year, a modest decline to 13.5 percent from 14.8 percent in 2014 that signaled the need for new ideas and structural changes to reducing poverty rather than any major breakthrough. This year the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report, released Tuesday, was full of good news, at […]

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Donald Trump outlined his ideas for a new approach to immigration Wednesday with rhetoric steeped in fear – of criminals, illegal drugs, job loss and threats to national security – that also stoked fear among immigrant families across the country. But, he energized those same families and their communities in ways that could ultimately be seen […]

A Product of Trump’s Immigration Ideas? A Spike in Latino Voters

A Product of Trump’s Immigration Ideas? A Spike in Latino Voters

Maricela Andrade, who is in her late 20s, came to the United States as a child. Her father arrived first for work. Once he gained stability, he brought his family from Michoacán, Mexico in 2002. Andrade became eligible to apply for citizenship almost a decade ago, but she put it off. A few years ago, […]

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Disenfranchising people for past criminal convictions has a long history. In ancient Greece and Rome, they had a name for stripping away people’s voting rights and other rights: “civil death.” English colonists brought ex-felon disenfranchisement to America. Today, for 4.3 million American citizens who have left prison after doing time for a felony, freedom quickly […]

U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced Thursday it will phase out its use of some private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates and immediately sending shares of the two publicly traded prison operators plunging. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told it to start reducing “and ultimately […]

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

In a special two-part radio series, NPR’s Latino USA investigates the unusual death of a man in an U.S. immigrant detention center, and what his death tells us about conditions —especially mental health services— inside the immigrant detention system. This investigation was reported with assistance from The Marshall Project. Equal Voice News is sharing it […]

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

In the middle of President Barack Obama’s soaring oratory at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last week, he uttered one sentence about Black people, police and police brutality that gave some listeners pause. “The worry Black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when […]

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