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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, […]

America’s Next Leaders: Youth Leaders, Just as Important as Adult Ones

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.  The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) nominated Diana Montero for the award. Here is […]

America’s Next Leaders: A Youth Fights Oppression by Engaging

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 Florida’s Families, which includes Farmworkers Self-Help, nominated Angel Mendez for the award. […]

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 […]

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