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Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

It’s a quiet win for thousands of Alabamians seeking to rebuild their lives and provide for their families: Alabama is joining the majority of U.S. states by allowing people with a past felony drug conviction to receive SNAP food assistance and TANF financial assistance, as long as they are otherwise eligible. The effective starting date […]

A Warrior for Children: FOCAL’s Sophia Bracy Harris Retires

A Warrior for Children: FOCAL’s Sophia Bracy Harris Retires

Fifty years have passed, but Sophia Bracy Harris can still see the White high school teacher glaring at her. It was 1965, and Harris — who celebrated her retirement on Jan. 23 after 44 years as co-founder and executive director of the Federation of Childcare Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) – and her sister Debra were […]

Medicaid Expansion in La. Is Expected to Help 300,000 People

Medicaid Expansion in La. Is Expected to Help 300,000 People

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — On his first full day in office, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards reversed course from his Republican predecessor Tuesday and started the process of expanding Louisiana’s Medicaid program.  Surrounded by Medicaid expansion supporters at a news conference, Edwards signed an executive order calling for the state Department of Health and […]

Homeless Students in America: What Are We Doing to Help?

Homeless Students in America: What Are We Doing to Help?

DELAND, Fla. — Bryanna Anderson is an African-American senior enrolled at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. Amidst tears and fragile nerves, she shared an emotional story that chronicles a life of poverty and homelessness. Her captive audience was a packed room of Volusia County educators and community leaders attending the 2015 Poverty and Homeless […]

‘Hear Our Voices,’ Kentuckians Say

January marks the beginning for lawmakers in many state legislatures to meet so they can listen to people, debate bills and vote on policies that affect residents. Last week, members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), a grassroots organization that works on social justice issues, gathered for a rally to ensure that Kentucky state lawmakers […]

Miss. Civil Rights Leader Receives Honors – 50 Years After Death

Miss. Civil Rights Leader Receives Honors – 50 Years After Death

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers honored Vernon Dahmer Sr. on Jan. 8, 50 years after the civil rights leader was killed when Ku Klux Klansmen firebombed his family’s home near Hattiesburg. Dahmer’s widow, Ellie, and several relatives received a standing ovation in the state Senate. Jan. 10 was the anniversary of the attack on […]

On Why Partnerships Are Crucial to Education

Catherine Cushinberry serves as the national executive director for Parents for Public Schools, which has its national office in Jackson, Mississippi. Listen to her thoughts about improving education for all students in the country. Her organization works with parents, community members, teachers and administrators to make public schools better. This interview was recorded in November […]

The Death Penalty Doesn’t Reflect Alabama’s Values

The Death Penalty Doesn’t Reflect Alabama’s Values

Executions have been on hold in Alabama since 2013 amid litigation about lethal injection and the chemicals used to kill. Next year, a federal judge will hear two challenges to Alabama’s lethal injection protocol. No matter what the judge decides, the question is not whether Alabama will start executing people again, but how and when. […]

Lawsuit: Voter ID Law in Ala. Suppresses Black and Latino Voices

Lawsuit: Voter ID Law in Ala. Suppresses Black and Latino Voices

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 2 challenging Alabama’s photo voter ID law as an infringement on voting rights and an attempt to suppress the influence of Black and Hispanic voters.  The Greater Birmingham Ministries and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed the […]

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