Category: Social Justice

Social Justice

Kansas Mom Details 23-Year Struggle to Free Her Son

The Kansas City Star details the 23-year struggle Rosie McIntyre endured to clear her son Lamonte, who was exonerated on Friday.  Lamonte McIntyre was just 17 when he was arrested for the murders of Donie Quinn and Donald Ewing.  His mother knew all along that he was innocent.  She told the Star, “It tore me […]

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10 Ways to Turn the Tide on Sexual Harassment

The endless revelations of high-profile sexual harassment scandals (in politics, tech, media, Hollywood, etc.) are inescapable reminders of what people already know: sexual harassment in the workplace is endemic across industries of all types. Perpetrators and victims of workplace harassment include both men and women, however women are disproportionately targeted. According to a recent study, […]

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Will Corporations, The Christian Right, and the Tea Party Get to Rewrite the Constitution?

About Peter Montgomery This article appears in the forthcoming issue of The Public Eye magazine. Subscribe today! The broader anti-federal-government Convention of States proposal has been approved by legislatures in 12 states. Image: Political Research Associates. Former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), the Tea Party icon who helped bring Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee […]

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Undocumented Mothers and Immigrant Youth Scrub the Dream Act “Clean” to Oppose White House Enforcement Priorities!

For Immediate ReleaseFriday, October 13, 2017Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267 Miami, FL – Today, during rush hour, undocumented mothers and immigrant youth took over the space in front of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center with giant letters spelling out “Dream Act” and wiped it “clean” from enforcement & deportation add-ons. A month after the […]

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Trump is Trying to Single-Handedly Sabotage Access to Health Care!

WASHINGTON, DC, October 12, 2017: Today, President Trump signed an executive order that will decimate access to care for those who need it most. The following statement can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force: “Trump’s executive order undermines key protections provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that […]

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The Christian Right’s Growing Allegiance to Trump

About Cole Parke Donald Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr. As Donald Trump exited the stage after addressing the 2016 Values Voter Summit (VVS) in Washington, DC a year ago, the Rolling Stone’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” blasted from […]

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Latino Disparities in Youth Incarceration

Latino youth are 65 percent more likely to be detained or committed than their white peers, according to data from the Department of Justice collected in October 2015 and recently released. While this disparity is concerning, the data represent a modest improvement from 2001, when Latino youth were 73 percent more likely to be in […]

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Native Disparities in Youth Incarceration

Native youth were three times as likely to be incarcerated as white youth, according to data collected in October 2015 by the Department of Justice and recently released. The disparity has increased since 2001 when Native youth were roughly two-and-a-half times as likely to be detained or committed to juvenile facilities. The disparities in Native […]

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CFPB’s Final Payday Rule is Released!

By Marisabel Torres, Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, UnidosUS We’re happy to be sharing some good news this week. UnidosUS is joining our advocacy partners in celebrating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s release of their final payday rule! Payday loans are loans in which the lender repays itself directly from the borrower’s bank […]

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This Week in Innocence News – October 6, 2017

Honoring Wrongful Conviction DayThe Innocence Project and Innocence Network member organizations celebrated International Wrongful Conviction Day on October 2. Created by the Innocence Network in 2014, Wrongful Conviction Day aims to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their […]

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“Hungry for Change”: Spotlight on NILSL Training in Nashville

By Cayla Conway, ESSA Stakeholder Outreach Coordinator, UnidosUS 2017 NILSL Fellow Graduates “If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room,” John Monteleone, National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL) fellow, shared with his nine co-fellows during their final training module in Nashville in late September. These were the very […]

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Parent Engagement: In the Schoolhouse and Beyond

Guest blog post by Maritza Solano, Director of Education, CASA Carla* (*names have been changed for confidentially) was nervous about being a panelist during the National PTA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC in early March. Carla, along with two other mothers from Prince George’s County in Maryland, were invited by UnidosUS’s (formerly NCLR) education team […]

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What Comes Next After Graham-Cassidy?

Last week, we saw a remarkable defeat of the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill would have stripped millions of their health insurance, and undermined critical consumer protections. However, while the effort to repeal the ACA was unsuccessful, we still have several concerns with how its enforcement is being […]

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Prenatal Diagnosis, Reproductive Rights, and the Specter of Eugenics

About Diane Paul This article appears in the forthcoming issue of The Public Eye magazine. Subscribe today! In 2014, the state of Virginia enacted legislation shielding healthcare workers who provide genetic counseling from lawsuits if they withhold test results they think might dispose a woman to have an abortion. Although counselors can’t lie about results, […]

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The ADA Is Under Serious Attack! Tell the House of Representatives to OPPOSE H.R. 620

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” H.R. 620 and similar ADA notification bills are gaining more steam in Congress than ever before. If any passes, it will take the heart out of the ADA by denying people with disabilities the power to enforce its requirements. H.R. 620 has passed the […]

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It is Past Time for Congress to Fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program

By David Thomsen, Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, UnidosUS Photo: 401kcalculator.org The latest threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut the Medicaid program has been halted—for now. While this was certainly a positive development for our community, we must quickly pivot to critical work in other areas. One of our biggest concerns […]

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