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How L.A. Redesignated Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day

How L.A. Redesignated Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day

On Oct. 9, Los Angeles joins the growing list of cities that officially disavow Columbus Day, in favor of a city holiday it has designated Indigenous Peoples Day. The decision, which involved Italian Americans opposed to the change against a coalition of Native American and Indigenous groups, came after nearly two years of lobbying and […]

Latest in Trump’s America: Health Care, Kids and Census 2020

Latest in Trump’s America: Health Care, Kids and Census 2020

Every other Thursday, Equal Voice News tracks the latest from the Trump administration, whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity, and how families and grassroots organizations are working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest: Health Care Fight Continues, Now for Millions of Kids Congress continues to stumble over health care this […]

Seeds of Hope: Baltimore Program Supports Youth and Dreams

Seeds of Hope: Baltimore Program Supports Youth and Dreams

For 30 years, The Choice Program at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has supported Baltimore City youth, including young people facing poverty. Each year, about 50 AmeriCorps volunteers work with The Choice Program and Baltimore City families to find community solutions and reduce suspensions and incarceration. Equal Voice News spent time with Shay Couch-Murray, […]

U.S. Poverty Rate Falls. But Poor Push for More Progress.

U.S. Poverty Rate Falls. But Poor Push for More Progress.

The number of people living in poverty fell again last year, reaching the lowest level since the Great Recession began in 2007, with 12.7 percent of Americans living below the federal poverty line, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Sept. 12. Census 2020: A Bigger Issue Looms Tuesday’s release of the 2016 national poverty data […]

Bet on Cities and States to Lead Criminal Justice Reform

Bet on Cities and States to Lead Criminal Justice Reform

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Martha Shearer understands the War on Drugs because she was one of its casualties. In the 1990s, Shearer spent five years in federal prison for possession of roughly 2 grams of crack cocaine, convicted under a mandatory minimum sentence, she said. After Shearer left prison, she wanted to change a criminal justice […]

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. — On the northern slope of Cooper Ridge – a long, low-slung rise in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains – sits the 127-year-old Hatfield Cemetery, a well-maintained strip of flower-adorned plots where gravestones older than a century sit next to still-fresh graves. Bright pink ribbons hang in the tree branches surrounding the cemetery, marking 100 feet from […]

Census 2020: The U.S. Needs to Get It Right

Census 2020: The U.S. Needs to Get It Right

The day that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey, a second political drama unfolded. It received far less media attention, but in the long run might have even more severe implications for the health of the country’s democratic processes. That day, Census Bureau Director John Thompson, who had recently agreed to remain at […]

Repeal and Replace: The True Cost of Repealing Obamacare

Repeal and Replace: The True Cost of Repealing Obamacare

NECTAR, Ala. — Hank Adcock’s family has farmed the rolling hills of this small town in Northern Alabama for more than a century. Adcock took over the farm from his father, who inherited it from his father. At 62, Adcock was planning to pass the 300 acres – where his family raises everything from peaches and […]

Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Louisiana is making a set of critical reforms to its juvenile justice system, including ensuring that 17-year-olds can be placed in that system instead of adult prisons, delivering an important win for the state’s families. On June 14, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed four bills designed to improve Louisiana’s approach to juvenile justice by creating […]