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U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced Thursday it will phase out its use of some private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates and immediately sending shares of the two publicly traded prison operators plunging. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told it to start reducing “and ultimately […]

Lack in a Land of Plenty: Advocates Seed Solutions in Food Deserts

Lack in a Land of Plenty: Advocates Seed Solutions in Food Deserts

BALDWIN, Mich. — At one of only two grocery stores in this village with about 1,200 residents, there is no produce aisle – just a few shelves between the packaged goods. There are no green beans, no lettuce. The grapefruits feel soft inside their plastic netting. Apples cannot be located; asparagus spears, dry as twigs, […]

How a Youth-Led Solution Is Helping America

How a Youth-Led Solution Is Helping America

“Youth engagement” is all the rage these days in philanthropic circles—and for good reason. Young people are among our most innovative thinkers and passionate advocates—especially when it comes to tackling the problems they and their families experience firsthand. This is why increasing numbers of social justice funders are realizing that if we want to support […]

How Coalition Building in Arkansas Is Boosting Social Justice

How Coalition Building in Arkansas Is Boosting Social Justice

In 1993, a group of Arkansas grassroots, religious and labor leaders gathered to form a strategy how they could more effectively move positive reforms through our often resistant state Legislature. The leaders were frustrated that big business interests worked together to win favors and block reforms, while community and worker interests were isolated and often defeated. […]

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North Carolina will chop 110,000 from […]

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