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Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Donald Trump outlined his ideas for a new approach to immigration Wednesday with rhetoric steeped in fear – of criminals, illegal drugs, job loss and threats to national security – that also stoked fear among immigrant families across the country. But, he energized those same families and their communities in ways that could ultimately be seen […]

A Product of Trump’s Immigration Ideas? A Spike in Latino Voters

A Product of Trump’s Immigration Ideas? A Spike in Latino Voters

Maricela Andrade, who is in her late 20s, came to the United States as a child. Her father arrived first for work. Once he gained stability, he brought his family from Michoacán, Mexico in 2002. Andrade became eligible to apply for citizenship almost a decade ago, but she put it off. A few years ago, […]

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Disenfranchising people for past criminal convictions has a long history. In ancient Greece and Rome, they had a name for stripping away people’s voting rights and other rights: “civil death.” English colonists brought ex-felon disenfranchisement to America. Today, for 4.3 million American citizens who have left prison after doing time for a felony, freedom quickly […]

Keep the Faith: The Lending Reform Movement in Ala. Will Win

Keep the Faith: The Lending Reform Movement in Ala. Will Win

It’s no secret that tremendous wealth can open doors, and you don’t have to look far to see the colossal power of money in the political process, both here in Alabama and across the country. In Alabama, the high-cost lending industries are throwing hefty sums of money around, merging affluence with influence and hoping to […]

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

As the nation focuses on what is turning into a horse race between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic counterpart, the idea of implementing true change after Election 2016 might actually occur at the grassroots level. As partisan fighting continues to dominate Washington, D.C., concerned community members nationwide are raising their […]

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January. You know about Clinton, who made U.S. history on Tuesday by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major political party, but probably not Thomas — […]

500K Texas Voters to Benefit as Court Says ID Law Discriminates

500K Texas Voters to Benefit as Court Says ID Law Discriminates

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, following claims that at least a half-million registered voters could have struggled to cast a ballot. The ruling was a striking election-year victory for President Barack […]

A House Divided: Advocates See Elected Office as Path to Change

A House Divided: Advocates See Elected Office as Path to Change

Around the country, growing networks of activists and community organizers have spent years working on poverty and inequality issues. They have changed the national conversation around the minimum wage, taxation, and the need to rein in the power that big money exerts over the political process. Now, seeking to cement the changed terms of the […]

Illinois Advocates to Leaders: Stop the Damage, Pass a Budget

Illinois Advocates to Leaders: Stop the Damage, Pass a Budget

Illinois will hit an unwanted milestone on July 1 when it will mark one year without a state budget, a standoff that is threatening networks of support for families and already hitting programs for homeless youth, seniors and students. The standoff is sending shockwaves through social service agencies and nonprofits around the state, which is […]

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