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Apr 10, 2018
Reynolds signs bill imposing financial sanctions against Iowa 'sanctuary cities'
(Globe Gazette)
Gov. Kim Reynolds signed controversial legislation to impose financial sanctions against local governments thattake steps to protect the rights of immigrant residents.
Apr 9, 2018
California silent on sending National Guard troops to border
(Fox 5)
California has yet to indicate whether it plans on mobilizing National Guard troops to the border.
Apr 6, 2018
U.S. Aid Cuts Threaten Refugee Access to Health Care
(U.S. News)
UNRWA says cuts to U.S. aid may make it even more difficult for Palestine refugees to get the help they need.
Apr 5, 2018
After 10 years, Mexican officials are back in Greensboro because immigrants need their help
(Greensboro News & Record)
Members of the Mexican consulate general's staff travel to the New Garden Friends Meeting to assist immigrants.
Apr 5, 2018
Radical New Leaders Are Reviving Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign
(Common Dreams)
A new poor people's campaign carries on King's vision.
Apr 4, 2018
287(g) Agreements Harm Individuals, Families, and Communities, but They Aren’t Always Permanent
(Center for American Progress)
The Trump administration has stepped up its efforts to expand a program that gives state and local law enforcement agencies limited immigration enforcement authority.
Apr 4, 2018
We've seen the possibilities of a 'beginner's mind'
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
The West Virginia teachers won because they believed that what they were doing was possible.
Apr 4, 2018
ICE deports Clifton father to Albania; his wife and son are detained
Vitor Pukri, who had lived in the U.S. for 17 years has been sent back to Albania. Now his wife could face a similar fate.
Apr 3, 2018
Federal law limits Trump's proposal to send troops to guard border
(San Diego Union Tribune)
President Donald Trump said he hopes to send members of the military to guard the southwest border.
Mar 30, 2018
Conscientious Objector or Not?
(High Plains Public Radio)
A review of Edith Wharton's A Son at the Front compares the story to actual conscientious objectors in WWI.
Mar 30, 2018
A march for peace and justice on Good Friday
Dozens gather in Dayton to march for peace and justice.
Mar 30, 2018
'Poor People’s Campaign' comes to WV
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Communities in West Virginia come together to unite behind a new poor people's campaign.
Mar 30, 2018
Should SNAP Recipients Have to Work?
(West Virginia Public Radio)
Governor Jim Justice signed a bill requiring some SNAP recipients to either work or volunteer.
Mar 28, 2018
These federal programs incentivize racial profiling. Why did Congress just vote to fund them?
(The Hill)
Intergovernmental Service Agreements and 287(g) programs overlap to provide a perverse financial incentive for local law enforcement to profile and detain immigrants.
Mar 28, 2018
The fire both times: Baltimore riots after Martin Luther King's death 50 years ago left scars that remain
(Baltimore Sun)
Reflections on poverty, racism, and unrest in Baltimore.
Mar 27, 2018
New Jersey Joins Multi-State Effort Seeking To Block Citizenship Question In 2020 Census
(CBS Philly)
The Trump administration is seeking to use the 2020 census to ask residents about their citizenship status.
Mar 26, 2018
In the Wake of the March for Our Lives, Let’s Talk About Criminal Justice Reform in San Diego
(San Diego Free Press)
A new bill would create oversight and ensure transparency on the sale of surplus military equipment to police departments statewide.
Mar 25, 2018
Murphy wants $2.1M to help N.J. immigrants with legal aid
Poor immigrants facing deportation in New Jersey could get access to legal aid under a $2.1 million cash infusion in the governor's proposed budget.
Mar 25, 2018
Immigration Initiative Puts Immigrant Communities on Edge
(Mix 107.3)
Anti-immigrant legislation in Iowa would punish sanctuary cities.
Mar 25, 2018
What WV students learned from the teacher strike
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Students write about the power of the teachers' strike and the power of collective action.
Mar 23, 2018
Arizona resistant to change in ‘tough-on-crime’ sentencing laws
(Arizona Capitol Times)
A lingering “tough-on-crime” mentality in Arizona is hampering efforts to reconstruct the state’s criminal justice system.
Mar 23, 2018
Fixing Needle Exchanges without Demonizing People with Addiction
(West Virginia Public Radio)
Commentators weigh in on Charleston's needle exchange program.
Mar 23, 2018
Arizona prosecutors' report on prison population blasted by reform advocates
(AZ Central)
Criminal justice-reform advocates say the report was designed to serve the Arizona prosecutors’ agenda and stunts real efforts to reduce prison populations.
Mar 22, 2018
Arizona Prosecutors Release New Report On State Prisoners
According to the analysis of data from the Department of Corrections, 36 percent of prisoners return to prison within three years of their release.
Mar 22, 2018
Activists gather for Poor People’s Campaign
(Fosters Daily Democrat)
Activists gathered to meet each other, learn songs, learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign and brainstorm potential non-violent direct action protests.



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