‘We Will Not Allow Our Dreams to Die’

North Carolina Youth Hold Vigil Outside Courthouse to Demand DREAM Act Now All photos courtesy of El Pueblo By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS Last week, youth in Raleigh, North Carolina organized a rally outside of a courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest the lack of progress there has been on relief for the nearly 800,000 DREAMers who came to the United States when they were children. “They made a casket with the word Dreams written on it, and at the end of the vigil, we opened the casket…

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A Year with Clean Water

As 2017 comes to an end, I want to take this time to thank you for supporting our work through donations and calls-to-action. The letters and emails your give us online or at the door give grassroots credibility when we talk to your representatives about the issues that matter to you – whether it’s forests in Frederick or antibiotics in Annapolis. Here are some highlights of what you have helped us accomplish this year: Passed the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act – Maryland became the second state to ban the use…

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Promoting peace and social cohesion in schools and communities in Kidal

The project funded by UNICEF had the objective of improving the access of girls and boys living in the region of Kidal to quality education. This study reports on a conflict analysis done in the region to identify key conflict dynamics, its sources, and key actors. It also reports on the effectiveness of the project in reinforcing the capabilities of community members, students, and teachers of using peaceful conflict transformation techniques, especifically the common ground approach. The data collection approach was mixed, involving a survey, focus groups and individual interviews….

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Fostering Relationships, Strengthening Ties (FOREST): A New Partnership for Dialogue and Dispute Resolution in Guinea’s Forest Region

This conflict scan is part of an 18-month project funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations. It operates exclusively in the Forest Region of Guinea. It was carried out in May 2017 to analyze the conflict dynamics of six prefectures and identify three community hot spots (Beyla, Lola, N’Zerekore). The report presents causes, consequences, the main actors, and local resolution mechanisms by parties involved in the conflict. According to the data collected, violent conflict has reduced since January 2017. Conflicts and tensions that were recurrent…

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Disaster Housing Recovery Update, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Congress The conference committee created to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills met today. The DHRC sent a letter to the conference committee and all other congressional offices outlining the DHRC’s concerns about the possible impact on disaster recovery. The committee is expected to finish their work this week, with votes in the House and Senate next week. The next disaster supplemental could be included as part of a larger legislative package at the end of the year or early January. The DHRC is continuing to urge the…

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“Feminism” is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster has chosen “Feminism” as its Word of the Year, due to the significant increase in searches for feminism’s definition in 2017, the year of the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement. The definition of feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” Two major spikes in searches for the definition of feminism came in January after the Women’s March, the largest protest in America’s history, and again in February when Kellyanne Conway, adviser…

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Since Trump won’t let LGBTQ and Black reporters come to his holiday party, the Task Force will throw a party of its own

Washington, DC, December 11, 2017—In response to the White House snubbing LGBTQ and Black reporters, the National LGBTQ Task Force is hosting its own holiday party for the press, titled Not The White House Holiday Party. The White House invited new criticism from the press and LGBTQ advocates after Politico reported that The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson and American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan — who also is a contributor for CNN — were not invited to the White House’s media holiday party. Rea Carey, the executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force,…

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