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Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

Women’s March on Washington Expects 200K People on Jan. 21

Women’s March on Washington Expects 200K People on Jan. 21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10. When throngs of women from around the nation converge on Washington for a march on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, they will arrive driven by a multitude of motivations. Gay rights, gun control, immigrant rights, equal pay, reproductive freedom, […]

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters gathered Saturday to support immigrant rights at rallies around the U.S., denouncing President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pledges to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and to crack down on Muslims entering the country. “We are not going to allow Donald Trump to bury the Statue […]

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, […]

Fighting Fear, Building Power: MLK and a Beloved Community

Fighting Fear, Building Power: MLK and a Beloved Community

On Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, community organizers, artists, activists, scholars, faith leaders and families of all backgrounds will come together for “Fighting Fear, Building Power: Renewing the Call for a Beloved Community.” We expect these simultaneous community gatherings – held in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Detroit and Baltimore – to attract more […]

Activists Can Make a Difference, Obama Says in Last Official Speech

Activists Can Make a Difference, Obama Says in Last Official Speech

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public […]

Repeal ‘Obamacare?’ Millions of People Want the Health Coverage

Repeal ‘Obamacare?’ Millions of People Want the Health Coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress may be moving to repeal “Obamacare,” but millions of people are still signing up. The administration said Tuesday that 11.5 million enrolled nationwide through Dec. 24, ahead of last year’s pace. Administration officials said about 290,000 more people have signed up than at the same time last year, evidence that the […]

In Final Official Speech, Obama Will Address Life as ‘Bigger Than Politics’

In Final Official Speech, Obama Will Address Life as ‘Bigger Than Politics’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now an elder statesman, Barack Obama is returning to Chicago where he launched his unlikely political career for one final speech: a parting plea to Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next president. Obama’s final speech as president, before thousands who will gather […]

Obama on Criminal Justice: How We Treat Citizens Reflects Character

Obama on Criminal Justice: How We Treat Citizens Reflects Character

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to his roots at the Harvard Law Review on Jan. 5, penning an article about progress his administration made in reforming the criminal justice system — and the challenges that remain for the next administration. His commentary, “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” addresses how presidents […]

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