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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 […]

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. […]

Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Louisiana is making a set of critical reforms to its juvenile justice system, including ensuring that 17-year-olds can be placed in that system instead of adult prisons, delivering an important win for the state’s families. On June 14, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed four bills designed to improve Louisiana’s approach to juvenile justice by creating […]

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana’s new Medicaid expansion began enrolling on Wednesday.  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee announced local application centers around the state at an enrollment kickoff event in New Orleans. Louisiana will become the 31st state, plus the District […]

Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.—On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept at […]

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