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Grassroots Leaders on Voting in the South: This Region Is Changing

Grassroots Leaders on Voting in the South: This Region Is Changing

The results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election left many people surprised, if not downright stunned. But there is one aspect of Republican Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph that shouldn’t come as a shocker: He carried Mississippi. Since 1964, the state has chosen just one Democratic candidate for president – Jimmy Carter in 1976. That is, […]

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A young professional family told me recently they are thinking of leaving Arkansas because the state isn’t committed to education and opportunities for their kids. Another parent of a child with special needs told me she’s frustrated her school can’t afford the help her child needs to get her reading up […]

Election 2016: How Activism Might Swing Ariz. and N.C. Purple

Election 2016: How Activism Might Swing Ariz. and N.C. Purple

Throughout Election 2016, the map of presidential battleground states has changed, as historic strongholds for one political party have moved to the “toss up” or “leans to” category. It’s an indication of how new voting groups, such as Latinos and those who just became citizens, as well as local issues and community advocates are reshaping […]

America’s Next Leaders: A LGBTQ Youth Strives for Solutions

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, which works with One Voice Louisiana, nominated Nicky Cao, who is featured […]

Black Church in Miss. Is Burned With ‘Vote Trump’ Painted on Side

Black Church in Miss. Is Burned With ‘Vote Trump’ Painted on Side

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Somebody set the fire that heavily damaged an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the phrase “Vote Trump,” and an $11,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of whoever did it, a Mississippi fire chief said Wednesday. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation of […]

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Are you sick of the election yet? One thing that seems certain is that our politics remain as hyperpartisan and dysfunctional as ever. I may be naive, but I think Arkansas has an opportunity to help lead the country back toward pragmatic progress on the issues that will make our families […]

Building the New Tennessee Electorate

Building the New Tennessee Electorate

You might not realize it, but over the past decade Tennessee’s immigrant population has been one of the fastest growing in the country. Nashville is still best known for country music and cowboy boots, but already more than 13 percent of our city is foreign-born. While many have celebrated and valued our increasing diversity, nativist […]

Construyendo el nuevo electorado de Tennessee

Construyendo el nuevo electorado de Tennessee

Es posible que usted no se haya dado cuenta todavía, pero en la última década, la población de inmigrados en Tennessee ha sido una de las de más rápido crecimiento en el país.  Nashville todavía es la ciudad más conocida por su música country y las botas vaqueras, pero más del 13 por ciento de […]

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