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Food Insecurity: A Denial of Human Rights

As the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) came to a close in Geneva, the U.S. government was conspicuously absent. When the U.S. pulled out of the UNHRC in late June, it was reminiscent of the petulant child in the sandbox who doesn’t want to compromise with others and goes home instead. It’s just one more reminder of the Trump Administration’s...

Syrian Refugees in R.I. Feel Strain of Family Separation

Mental stress is escalating for the 136 Syrian refugees resettled in Rhode Island as hope of bringing their loved ones to the U.S. fades under the Trump administration’s increasingly hard-line stance toward immigration. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Mohamed Alshawaf appeared much older than his 70 years as he spoke about the trials his family is enduring. “Every day, my wife won’t go to sleep unless she...

Montana Judge Blocks Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

The proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline in northeastern Montana. Sources: USGS, U.S. Census Bureau, Montana DEQ (Eric Dietrich/for Montana Free Press) (Montana Free Press) A Great Falls federal judge on Thursday blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, ruling the federal government did not adequately consider the potential environmental hazards the pipeline posed to the climate and communities along the proposed...

Council Probes Boston Jobs Policy

The City Council Committee on Jobs, Wages and Workforce Development, chaired by Councilor Frank Baker, representatives from the Boston Employment Commission (BEC) and other city officials met last week at City Hall to discuss the lack of diversity and economic opportunity for workers of color during the bi-annual review of the Boston Residents Jobs Policy (BRJP). “Making sure that we’ve got construction jobs that are...

'Pa’lante': Highlighting Latinx Voices Onstage

A new production by theater artist and director Gabriela Sanchez will be presenting a multifaceted performance of Latinx storytellers at the First Person Arts Festival on Nov. 11-12. Sanchez, who had previously directed for two productions in the festival and is the founder and director of the performing arts collective Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC), was invited to create and direct a piece this year...

Gainesville Works to Phase Out Prison Labor For City Clean-Up

Pilot program will employ youth, but inmates will still be doing unpaid work in the meantime. A small group of prison inmates take to different parts of Gainesville every few days to pick up trash and cut grass. They aren’t paid for their time. Money goes to the Florida Department of Corrections instead. Across the country, protests and much debate has been made about how...

Should a White Prosecutor With Ties To Law Enforcement Be On The Civilian Oversight Board of the LAPD?

The Los Angeles Police Commission has a new commissioner. This past Wednesday, Mayor Garcetti’s appointee Eileen Decker breezed through the Public Safety Committee at City Council on her way to a full Council confirmation. Decker will sit for the first time at this Tuesday’s Police Commission meeting, taking the place of Commission Vice President Matt Johnson, who stepped down earlier this month. But who is...

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...

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