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Becoming Civically Engaged

by Topacio Marrero

Anyone can become civically engaged. It starts with a desire to contribute to your community.

Why the 2020 Census Should Matter to You

by Topacio Marrero

The 2020 census started last week and there is a lot of buzzing around it: what is it? Why is it important? I had those same questions, but after some […]

Child care is a critical support for working parents

by Ayanna Albertson

Portia Powell, a single mom of three and an office manager at a mental health facility in North Carolina, was challenged with finding child care when the outbreak caused her […]

It is time for the minimum wage to Increase in Florida, across the country

by Ayanna Albertson

For most of my childhood and adolescence, I was under the impression that financial success was merely a decision. That “if you want better, you’ll do better”, and “if you […]

As votes continue to get counted, Alameda County voters show strong support to fund resources for children

by Bobbi Dempsey

Residents of Alameda County have made a clear statement about the need to support both working parents and early childhood educators by allocating more resources to provide quality affordable child […]

Child Poverty Has Been Ignored at the Debates for Two Decades

by Bobbi Dempsey

This critical topic has only been addressed a single time in the past 20 years. Like many other Americans, I have been closely watching the Democratic presidential debates. I’m interested […]

A budget that hurts already hurting Americans

by Sharisse Tracey

President Trump recently proposed a $4.8 trillion dollar budget for the 2021 fiscal year.  The proposal is called “Budget for a Better America.” But this budget disguised as a way […]

My first time using a food pantry—One moms story

by Sharisse Tracey

This past holiday season was the first after my mid-spring divorce, and also the first time my children and I ate from a food pantry said Cynthia—the woman who wishes […]

How the west was won–California leading the way on rent control

by Sharisse Tracey

On the heels of learning that Southern California residents now need to earn over  $100,000 a year to purchase a median two-bedroom home costing over half million dollars in Los […]

Voices of Everday Leaders

by Willie Francois

An Accounting Problem: Reimagining Racial Healing in the US Fifty-two years after Martin Luther King’s grueling assassination offered the U.S. its opportunity to pursue a route of cheap justice—a facade […]

If Trump succeeds in destroying our health care, protections for millions of people with pre-existing conditions could disappear

by Mikka Macdonald

President Donald Trump has defined his time in office in opposition to people who work for a living. Time and time again, the American people have watched him turn his […]

AOC’s poverty package meets reality in America

by Sharisse Tracey

If you live in New York, as I do, it is hard to not notice and hear about house freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Although, I somehow doubt that she is […]

Voices of Everyday Leaders

by Debbie Weingarten

Part 2: The Fight for Medicaid by Colorado’s Disability Community In 2017, when Medicaid was once again on the congressional chopping block, the largest national organization for civil rights for […]

In latest battle in ‘war on the poor’ Las Vegas council takes aim at homeless

by Nissa Tzun

On November 6, 2019, the Las Vegas City Council held a meeting to discuss and vote on Ordinance 2019-36, sponsored by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. This ordinance targets anyone camping or […]

Voices Of Everyday Leaders

by Debbie Weingarten

Meet Colorado Cross Disability Coalition Advocates Dawn and Shannon When Dawn Howard was two years old, her parents were told that she would not likely have “any intelligible speech.” But […]

Voices of Everyday Leaders

by Ayanna Albertson

Look What Florida is Doing to Procure Job Security for Women and People of Color In older generations, it was common to keep the same job for 10, 20 or […]

We demand access to affordable health care

by Mikka Macdonald

The Republican Party has made it its mission to attack the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  They have tried — and failed —  to […]

I Am Not Your Woman of Color

by Mikka Macdonald

I work in progressive politics and I have dedicated my relatively short career to amplifying marginalized voices. Yet, sometimes when I am labeled with vague terms like “woman of color,” […]

Voices of Everyday Leaders

by Melissa Chadburn

Power Concedes Nothing Without Demand This evening democratic candidates will gather at Otterbein University in Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, for the presidential primary debates. While they will be discussing […]

We Must Treat Climate Change as a Racial Justice Issue

by Mikka Macdonald

The climate is warming—and Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American communities continue to bear an outsized share of the burden caused by global warming. The regions with the most cancer-related […]

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