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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 […]

Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

I grew up in the Cumberland Mountains near Jellico, Tennessee. My great-grandfather was a coal miner and my grandfather was a coal miner, on my mother’s side. I was the first in my family to go to college. I went to Alice Lloyd College in Knott County, Kentucky, to study science and biology. But I […]

Show Your Love: On New Orleans, Justice and Connecting Dots

Show Your Love: On New Orleans, Justice and Connecting Dots

In June, my community organization in New Orleans, Ubuntu Village, co-sponsored a screening of “Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital.” The film details the post-Katrina closure of Charity Hospital, New Orleans’ primary health care source for poor and working class residents and the subsequent lack of health care options for people battling physical […]

For Father's Day: A Dad Reflects on His Son and Juvenile Justice

For Father

As the U.S. celebrates Father’s Day 2017, Equal Voice News is reposting this August 2014 essay from Ernest Johnson, a New Orleans criminal justice reform advocate. He is a father and grandfather.  “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” — Martin Luther King Jr. This year is […]

Arkansas: Where Advocates Raise Voices for Progress

Arkansas: Where Advocates Raise Voices for Progress

If you want to understand the waves of populism, conservatism and progressive protest that have been roiling the country in recent months, Arkansas is a good place to start. Despite its reputation as a quiet, rural state, Arkansas has a history of conflicting and complex politics. It is a state steeped in populism, but also […]

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