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A Latina Social Justice Leader Reflects on Growing Up in Arkansas

A Latina Social Justice Leader Reflects on Growing Up in Arkansas

Editor’s Note: So what motivates a person to become a social justice leader and work for community progress for families? To help answer this question, Equal Voice News is sharing the Q&A interview with Mireya Reith, executive director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition. Rebekah Barber of Facing South conducted the interview, which is reprinted […]

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. — On the northern slope of Cooper Ridge – a long, low-slung rise in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains – sits the 127-year-old Hatfield Cemetery, a well-maintained strip of flower-adorned plots where gravestones older than a century sit next to still-fresh graves. Bright pink ribbons hang in the tree branches surrounding the cemetery, marking 100 feet from […]

Show Your Love: On New Orleans, Justice and Connecting Dots

Show Your Love: On New Orleans, Justice and Connecting Dots

In June, my community organization in New Orleans, Ubuntu Village, co-sponsored a screening of “Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital.” The film details the post-Katrina closure of Charity Hospital, New Orleans’ primary health care source for poor and working class residents and the subsequent lack of health care options for people battling physical […]

For Father’s Day: A Dad Reflects on His Son and Juvenile Justice

For Father’s Day: A Dad Reflects on His Son and Juvenile Justice

As the U.S. celebrates Father’s Day 2017, Equal Voice News is reposting this August 2014 essay from Ernest Johnson, a New Orleans criminal justice reform advocate. He is a father and grandfather.  “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” — Martin Luther King Jr. This year is […]

SCOTUS Nixes Voter ID Law Appeal in N.C.

SCOTUS Nixes Voter ID Law Appeal in N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court shut the door Monday on North Carolina Republicans’ effort to revive a state law that mandated voter identification and scaled back early voting, provisions that a lower court said improperly targeted minority voters. The justices left in place last summer’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

Walter Scott Family Starts to Heal After Guilty Plea in Fatal Shooting

Walter Scott Family Starts to Heal After Guilty Plea in Fatal Shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Relatives of Walter Scott differ on how much time a white former officer should spend in federal prison for gunning down the Black motorist, with one brother suggesting Michael Slager should go away for life. But others, like Scott’s mother Judy, said the officer’s admission of guilt was all the punishment […]

Black Lawmakers Call for Boycott Over Miss. Confederate Flag

Black Lawmakers Call for Boycott Over Miss. Confederate Flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In part of a sweeping debate about the public display of Confederate symbols across the South, some Black legislators in Mississippi say they are boycotting a regional meeting that their own state is hosting this summer, to protest the rebel emblem on the state flag. The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is […]

AP: Justice Dept. Will Not Charge Police Officers in Alton Sterling’s Death

AP: Justice Dept. Will Not Charge Police Officers in Alton Sterling’s Death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a Black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, fueling protests in Louisiana’s capital and beyond, The Associated Press has learned. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately […]

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