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Moral Monday Leader on U.S.: ‘Can’t Afford to Be Silent’

Moral Monday Leader on U.S.: ‘Can’t Afford to Be Silent’

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. William Barber walks gingerly with a cane, in a hunched-over posture, yet here he is on a recent Monday, leading 3,500 protesters on a downtown street. He says God must have a sense of humor to call on a man who has such difficulty walking to lead the Moral [...]
In Photos: Transgender Youth Blaze Trails of ResilienceMIAMI (AP) — The transgender community has gained a degree of acceptance in recent years with the help of such celebrities as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox from “Orange is the New Black.” But for those who are less known it can be more of a struggle. Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, [...]
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Making Alabama Stronger Is the Right Thing to DoWhat makes a state strong? Answers to that question will vary, but healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities come to mind. Putting aside my own list for a moment, I wonder what would happen if our lawmakers used such a measuring stick for managing Alabama’s finances. As General [...]
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Alabamians Celebrate a Win for People Leaving PrisonTucked away in the new prison reform law that Gov. Robert Bentley signed last week on May 21 is a big win for second chances in Alabama: an end to the state’s lifetime eligibility bans for SNAP and TANF assistance for people with a past felony drug conviction. It’s a win on an issue that has [...]
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Punting on Alabama Prison Reform Will Have CostsSpring cleaning sometimes turns up surprises. While reorganizing my desk recently, I found a 25-year-old report on one of today’s hottest policy topics: reform of Alabama’s overcrowded prison system. Sadly, many of its recommendations are still applicable today. Stuffed amid other documents, the 1990 report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) boasted [...]
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Special Series: A Mom Makes ‘Space’ for Positive Change“The power of Santrecheel’s facilitation … is her ability to light other people’s fire, especially young people and parents, to be leaders, to be active and to be accountable to a larger movement for freedom.” That description is from her colleagues, who work with 23-year-old Santrecheel Graham on social justice issues at Project South in [...]
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A Civil Rights Law Passes in Little Rock, ArkansasLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay. The ordinance approved by the city’s board on a 7-2 vote bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [...]
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Fatal College Shooting Could be Hate Crime, N.C. Police SayGOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police said Tuesday they were investigating the fatal shooting of a gay community college worker as a possible hate crime. The shooting victim, 44-year-old campus print shop director Ron Lane, was gunned down by former student Kenneth Morgan Stancil III on Monday morning, police said. Lane dismissed Stancil from the print [...]
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Bus Rider Feedback is Crucial to Good Public TransitAs the buses started to roll in Clayton County, Georgia, a crowd of onlookers stood by with joy, pride and excitement in their eyes, pleased at what they were able to accomplish. Clayton County residents voted last fall to approve a one-cent sales tax increase to become the third county in Georgia that the Metropolitan [...]
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A Funeral Is Held for Ex-Slave, 150 Years After Civil WarAPPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds’ master’s cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close. A century and a half later, Reynolds’ [...]
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