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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 […]

Trump’s First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled. People Fight Back.

Trump’s First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled. People Fight Back.

As the contours of Donald Trump’s presidency over its first 100 days – and the priorities of the Republican-majority Congress – take shape, the economic impact on working families of this agenda is becoming clearer. Trump ran for election on a hard nationalist, economically populist platform, wooing voters in depressed regions of the country, and […]

Ninfa Aleman – An Empowered, Confident Heroine in South Texas

Ninfa Aleman – An Empowered, Confident Heroine in South Texas

Hero’s name: Ninfa Aleman Home city: Brownsville, Texas Organization affiliation: La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “Ninfa Aleman has been a longtime member of LUPE and a leader of the community. She began her volunteer work with Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center […]

Gabriela Castaneda – Supports Bridges and Hugs on U.S.-Mexico Border

Gabriela Castaneda – Supports Bridges and Hugs on U.S.-Mexico Border

Hero’s name: Gabriela Castaneda Home city: El Paso, Texas Organization affiliation: Border Network for Human Rights How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “Unfortunately this harsh border policy is taking us apart….What we need is family reunification, what we need is bridges, not walls.” — Gabriela […]

Maria Elena Ramos – An Immigrant Organizes for Kids and Technology

Maria Elena Ramos – An Immigrant Organizes for Kids and Technology

Hero’s name: Maria Elena Ramos Home city: San Francisco Organization affiliation: Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “Maria Elena has been a member of Parents Making a Change (PMAC), which is Coleman’s parent organizing project for seven years. She immigrated […]

Arnulfo Manriquez – Equity and Families Are at Center of His Work

Arnulfo Manriquez – Equity and Families Are at Center of His Work

Hero’s name: Arnulfo Manriquez Home city: Chula Vista, California Organization affiliation: MAAC How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “Arnulfo Manriquez has dedicated his career to the betterment of underserved individuals, households and communities in San Diego. He serves as president and CEO of MAAC, a […]

James Mackey – #StuckOnReplay Founder Takes on Prison Slavery

James Mackey – #StuckOnReplay Founder Takes on Prison Slavery

Hero’s name: James Mackey Home city: Boston Organization affiliation: #StuckOnReplay How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “James Mackey is an activist, motivational speaker, community organizer, member of the YouthBuild USA National Alumni Council and founder of a grassroots movement called #StuckOnReplay. The mission of […]

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