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Trump Brings Birthright Citizenship into Question, Local Immigrant Groups Respond

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) — President Trump says he plans to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil. But it's not clear if the president has the authority to strip citizenship of those born in the U.S. with an executive order. “How ridiculous,” Trump said. “We are the only country in the world where a...

Part II of "Transforming Resist: A Series on Radical Philanthropy

Dear Resister, If you're reading this, you're among the first to see Resist's new theory of change and strategic priorities ! Both were finalized this fall and are refreshed articulations of long-time, core Resist values. We've supported resistance for the past 50 years, and now we're looking towards the next 50. Movements for change have sharpened their clarity, conviction, and boldness, and so has Resist...

Trans Rights Organizations to Donate to Right Now

This weekend, the New York Times revealed that the Trump administration was actively considering ways to strip rights from trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) Americans. One memo sent to the Department of Health and Human Services attempted to narrow the definition of gender so as to exclude trans people, which said in part, “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall...

‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health...

Called to Deeply Listen to Those Impacted by Police Violence

Hearing families who have been impacted by police violence speak is always a transformative and powerful experience for me. While I have been working with impacted families since 2009, the novelty remains as if I am hearing them for the first time. However, inviting audiences to listen to impacted families is a difficult endeavor that I have struggled with for nearly a decade. I first...

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Gwinnett Over Rejected Absentee Ballots

Two civil rights groups representing Muslim and Asian-American resents are suing Gwinnett County elections officials and Secretary of State Brian Kemp in federal court over mail-in absentee ballots that the county has rejected. The Georgia Muslim Voter Project and Asian-American Advancing Justice-Atlanta filed the lawsuit against the county and Kemp late Monday night. The suit is a response to Gwinnett County elections officials decision to...

In Philadelphia, A Protest of Draconian State Prison Policies

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is backing draconian measures to restrict mail, books and periodicals available to prisoners. On Oct. 10, over 100 protesters in Philadelphia demonstrated against the new policies, which were adopted by the state’s Department of Corrections (PADOC) last month. Gathering outside the Yards Brewing Company, where Wolf was holding a campaign fundraiser, several demonstrators managed to get inside the venue. They directly...

Violence Against Transgender People is On The Rise

Twenty years ago, two men brutally beat and tortured Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard died six days later — on October 12th, 1998. But it took until 2009 for President Barack Obama to sign the Matthew Shepard Act, which updated the federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual...

As Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall, 15 Florida Prisons Haven't Been Evacuated

As Hurricane Michael approaches the Panhandle and is expected to make landfall this afternoon, the Florida Department of Corrections still hasn't evacuated at least 15 state prisons in mandatory evacuation zones. According to a Tuesday news release from the FDC, "Safety of the public, FDC staff and inmates is paramount," and additional water and food supplies have been delivered. Facilities to receive evacuation aid so...

National Teachers Academy Community Goes to Court to Save School

Elisabeth Greer relies on the low-cost after-school childcare provided at the National Teachers Academy, where her kindergarten and third-grade children are students. But that service could become less affordable to her if NTA is converted to a high school and its students are moved to South Loop Elementary School, where the aftercare is more expensive. “If they take away my aftercare and I have to...

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