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Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted opening day at a new sports complex in South Texas this month to detain two spectators, a woman and child, leading families and advocates to demand a meeting with local immigration officials. In La Joya, Texas, community groups want changes after Border Patrol agents aggressively questioned the woman and child […]

America’s Next Leaders: Safety Is a Family Matter for Texas Woman

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 Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, which works with community organizations in South Texas, […]

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: An Ariz. Youth Backs Safe Schools for All

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 Arizona Equal Voice Network, which includes the Arizona Community Action Association, nominated Ernesto Bracamontes, […]

Texas Mom on Election 2016: ‘Votar es amar’ or ‘To Vote is to Love’

Texas Mom on Election 2016: ‘Votar es amar’ or ‘To Vote is to Love’

I was born in the United States, in Brownsville, Texas, on the border with Matamoros, Mexico. But I grew up in Matamoros, where my father had his job, and my mom her family. In our Mexican community, going to vote was a lot like going to Mass—you didn’t always understand everything, but you faithfully took […]

Madre texana en la Elección 2016: ‘Votar es amar’

Madre texana en la Elección 2016: ‘Votar es amar’

Nací en los Estados Unidos en Brownsville, Texas, en la frontera colindando con Matamoros, México, pero de hecho crecí en Matamoros, donde mi padre tenía su trabajo y mi mamá sus familiares. En nuestra comunidad mexicana, ir a votar era como ir a misa; no siempre se comprendía todo, pero uno participaba fielmente.  Al igual […]

Navajos Sue Over Mine Spill That Put Arsenic and Lead Into Rivers

Navajos Sue Over Mine Spill That Put Arsenic and Lead Into Rivers

Leaders of one of the nation’s largest American Indian tribes blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as their attorneys sued Tuesday, claiming negligence in the cleanup of a massive mine waste spill that tainted rivers in three Western states. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye stood on the bank of the San Juan River in northwestern […]

Want to Fix U.S. Schools? Look to Native American Communities

Want to Fix U.S. Schools? Look to Native American Communities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hidden in a corner of this city, amid a gleaming office park, strip malls, vacant lots, Interstate 40, and perhaps the city’s nicest Starbucks, is a two-story school that holds one of the country’s most promising educational models for Native American students. The Native American Community Academy sits in New Mexico’s biggest […]

A Native American School Develops Future Leaders

A Native American School Develops Future Leaders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you want to understand the Native American Community Academy, a good place to start is its relationship with one of this city’s pioneering grassroots organizations, Americans for Indian Opportunity. The academy, which is often simply known as NACA, has been working with Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) since before its first school […]

Citizenship and Texas: Moms Win Fight for Kids’ Birth Certificates

Citizenship and Texas: Moms Win Fight for Kids’ Birth Certificates

The refusal by officials in Texas in recent years to accept certain types of identification to issue birth certificates for U.S.-born children confused and angered immigrant parents in the Lone Star State, especially in Latino communities. Last year, dozens of immigrant families, led largely by moms, took action and sued the state of Texas in […]

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