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In Honor of Mother's Day, Philly Coalition Raises Bail to Reunite Women with Their Kids

While some people shell out to take Mom to brunch on Mother's Day or ignore it as a "Hallmark holiday," a coalition of groups in Philadelphia is marking the occasion by raising money to bail women with children out of jail. It's part of National Mama's Bail Out Day , a crowd-funding effort that started in Atlanta to call attention to how the cash bail...

May Day March in Providence Draws 200 to Protest Racism, Deportations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — About 200 May Day marchers formed a sea of red flags and diversity as they moved from one symbolic site to the next Monday to advocate for a living wage, equality, fairness and environmental causes. Timed as part of International Workers’ Day, the march assembled at Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza at 3:15 p.m. and drew activists from community groups, trade unions,...

Groups March in Danbury for Immigrants’ Rights

DANBURY — Some 150 people marched through downtown Monday afternoon demanding justice and better treatment of immigrants, a rebuke to President Donald Trump ’s crackdown on immigration. The march began at the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury on Harmony Street and ended with a rally at Kennedy Park. Many marchers held handwritten signs bearing messages like “Love Thy Neighbor” and chanted phrases such as “No...

Dozens March for Worker Rights in Syracuse

Dozens of people took to the streets in downtown Syracuse to recognize International Worker's Day. Christopher Travis and the Workers' Center of Central New York helped organize the march and rally. "We noticed not only increased pressures since the Trump administration came in, but also that there is a real undercurrent of anti-worker sentiment in this country," Travis said. Watch the video and read the...

In Our Cities: Dignity and Power Now Fights Police Corruption in LA

Patrisse Cullors knows firsthand how the prison-industrial complex can affect families in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old’s brother and father were in and out of jails for much of her young life due to mental illness and drug sentencing disparities. “I grew up here in Los Angeles, and instead of having childhood memories of going to the beach or Disneyland, I remember police incarcerating some of...

Interview with Arely Westley of BreakOUT!

WTUL News and Views was joined in the studio by BreakOUT! Organizer Arely Westley to talk about the intersection of transgender and Latinx identities and the collaborative strategies and campaigns working towards making New Orleans a safe city for LGBTQ and undocumented communities. Arely Westley is a Youth Organizer for BreakOUT!, an organization which seeks to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth to build a...

Inside Appalachia Launches The Struggle to Stay

It’s not always easy to live in these mountains, but some of us are determined to stay. In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we'll explore the deep roots to the region in a new series called The Struggle to Stay . Appalachia isn’t alone in watching its young people fight with the decision to stay or go from their homeplace—it’s a conversation happening all...

Providence Students Rally for Proposed ‘Bill of Rights’

About 30 members of the Providence Student Union gathered in Kennedy Plaza on Friday to outline a student bill of rights that calls for cleaner, safer schools, gender-neutral bathrooms, and other demands. Read the entire story here.

Students Advocate for Financial Aid for the Undocumented

Student activists from the University of Connecticut are advocating for the state legislature to provide access to institutional financial aid for undocumented students. The bill would enable anyone classified as an in-state student to receive aid from funds set aside by Connecticut public higher education institutions for tuition. State Rep. Gregg Haddad , D-Mansfield, introduced House Bill 7000 : An Act Equalizing Access to Student-Generated...

Is ICE Targeting Undocumented Activists for Arrest? Organizers Speak Out After 11 Days in Jail

Are immigration agents targeting undocumented organizers for their political work? That is the question many are asking after three prominent immigrant rights activists in Vermont were jailed by ICE in what local organizers are calling a clear case of political retaliation. We speak with Enrique Balcazar and Zully Palacios, who were freed Monday after spending 11 days in jail. Both are leaders of the group...

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