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The Safety Net's Future: Ala. Is Latest Front in Battle Over Medicaid

The Safety Net

The battle over the future of the safety net is increasingly being fought in the states in 2018.  Alabama has joined a growing number of states proposing new work rules for Medicaid recipients, a move that will hit mothers, Black residents and rural families of all backgrounds harder than most, and threaten health coverage for […]

Advocates Call Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement Punitive

Advocates Call Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement Punitive

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Trump administration on March 5 approved Arkansas’ plan to require thousands of people on its Medicaid expansion program to work or volunteer, making Arkansas the third state allowed to impose such restrictions on health care coverage for the poor.  Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that the requirement for Arkansas’ program, […]

U.S. Judge Calls for Voting Rights Reform in Florida

U.S. Judge Calls for Voting Rights Reform in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a ruling that could reverberate in this year’s crucial elections, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s system of restoring voting rights for felons who have served their time is arbitrary and unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible.  U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued the blistering ruling […]

Families, Relatives and Volunteers Connect Online for Irma Support

Families, Relatives and Volunteers Connect Online for Irma Support

ATLANTA (AP) — Worried relatives, generous volunteers, frantic neighbors, even medical providers are turning to social media now that Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to communities across Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys. “We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we’re trying […]

Irma 2017: Some Fled by Charter Plane. Others Took the Bus.

Irma 2017: Some Fled by Charter Plane. Others Took the Bus.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hotel dishwasher Wilman Hernandez waited with his wife and young son at a Miami Beach bus stop late last week, desperately looking for a way to get to a shelter where they could ride out Hurricane Irma. Hernandez fears the storm will destroy their first-floor apartment. With no car to […]

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Latina Reflects on Life in Arkansas

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Latina Reflects on Life in Arkansas

Editor’s Note: So what motivates a person to become a social justice leader and work for community progress for families? To help answer this question, Equal Voice News is sharing the Q&A interview with Mireya Reith, executive director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition. Rebekah Barber of Facing South conducted the interview, which is reprinted […]

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 […]

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