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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...

Join Our New Grantmaking Panel!

Hello Resister! In our efforts to shift into our values of accountability and disruption of power, we are experimenting with new forms of grant-making that we believe exemplify these two values. Our first round of experimentation is inspired by the folks at the Trans Justice Funding Project who make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country...

What Happened When Flatbush Said No?

With the help of the grassroots organization Equality for Flatbush, Errol’s Caribbean Bakery in Brooklyn has recently accomplished what many small businesses have been struggling to do in the rapidly gentrifying borough: secure a new, affordable lease. It’s a surprise ending to a three-month battle between the bakery owners, Dorothy and Errol Miller, and their landlord, Rothstein Management. Months before their annual lease was set...

Groups Unite to Protect Abortion, Birth Control Access

Eleven advocacy groups, including the ACLU of Texas and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, announced Wednesday a joint effort to protect and promote reproductive health care options, including access to abortion, birth control and comprehensive sex education. The effort includes support for legislation, including ending the 24-hour waiting period before abortions and eliminating what doctors call misinformation in documents provided to abortion patients, that have been dead...

Beyond the Bars of Hopelessness: How We Can Revive Parole

A newly released Sentencing Project report , "Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences", lays it on the line: Incarcerated people who have been sentenced to "life" but are eligible for parole are serving excessive sentences. This is the case in spite of the fact that research shows that lifers are extremely unlikely to be rearrested if released. Read the...

Free the Snake and Restore Salmon to Honor Treaty Rights

Salmon have sustained the Nimiipuu people since time began for us. Nimiipuu means “the people” and is one amongst many names the Nez Perce call themselves. The loss of healthy numbers of salmon returning up the Columbia and Snake Rivers to our traditional lands in Idaho and Oregon, where we have fished and hunted for generations, has been devastating to our people, families and culture...

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