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Southern Renters Rising – #HFASOUTH is Born!

Published on : November 29th, 2017

By Malcolm Torrejón Chu of Right to the City Alliance   On October 17th and 18th, 23 residents, activists, and organizers from across the South gathered in Atlanta for the first Homes For All Southern Land & Housing Leadership Assembly. Members of the Housing Justice League in Atlanta, Cooperation Jackson (Mississippi), Miami Workers Center (Florida), […]

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Mass Freedom: New Platform Aims to End the Criminalization of People of Color

Published on : November 13th, 2017

By Equal Voice Action   In the fight for racial justice, efforts to reduce the criminalization of communities of color have often been waged independently across different issue areas, despite their shared aim. Two prevalent examples are the movements against the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders and the unjust targeting and detention of immigrants, which […]

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EVA Stands with Rosa María Hernández and Family

Published on : October 31st, 2017

Equal Voice Action official statement on the detention of Rosa María Hernández   Equal Voice Action stands with the family of Rosa María Hernández in denouncing her detention by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in Texas and calling for her immediate release to her family. Rosa María, a 10-year old girl with cerebral palsy, […]

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In What Do I Dare to Trust?

Published on : October 30th, 2017

By Michael Seifert (This essay was originally published on October 23rd, 2017.) In What Do I Dare Trust: My School, My Doctor, My Park? The School The six grade girl in a school near McAllen, Texas, is bright, brave, and, of course, attentive. The girl returned home after classes one day to report to her mother that her […]

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Seeds of Hope: Baltimore Program Supports Youth and Dreams

Published on : October 26th, 2017

By Brad Wong of Equal Voice News   For 30 years, The Choice Program at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has supported Baltimore City youth, including young people facing poverty. Each year, about 50 AmeriCorps volunteers work with The Choice Program and Baltimore City families to find community solutions and reduce suspensions and incarceration. […]

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Video: New Orleans Residents Show Their Love

Published on : October 24th, 2017

    Based in New Orleans, Ubuntu Village is a community organization that advances social, economic, and transformational justice for children and communities. In June, Ernest Johnson, co-founder and Director of Ubuntu Village and member of the Equal Voice Action Board and Family Advisor Community, wrote about Ubuntu Village’s “Show Your Love” campaign to stand up against hate and divisiveness and “show […]

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APEN Builds Community Voice and Influence Through In-District Advocacy

Published on : October 19th, 2017

By Equal Voice Action   Connecting community members with local leaders is essential for shaping public policy from the grassroots up. As organizers, a common concern is how we can do this in engaging, meaningful, and impactful ways. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network, a member of the Bay Area Equal Voice Coalition, offers a model […]

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Report Calls for Improved Conditions for Construction Workers in the South

Published on : September 29th, 2017

By Equal Voice Action     Amid a devastating hurricane season that has wrought widespread damage across the Southern U.S., cities from Houston to Charleston face major rebuilding efforts as they embark on what will be a long-term recovery for the hardest hit communities. Vital to this effort will be the thousands of construction workers […]

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Adriana Velázquez: A DACA Story

Published on : September 21st, 2017

By Adriana Velázquez of The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP). This essay was originally published by SWOP on September 8th, 2017.   It’s been 15 years since I first placed foot in this country. My name is Adriana Velázquez and I am an undocumented young adult in the south side of Chicago. I came to the United States when I […]

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Podcast: Rural Policy Advocacy & Voice

Published on : August 25th, 2017

Listen to Joyce Parker, Ann Williams Cass, and Earl Tulley discuss strategies and case studies for organizing and building voice and power across rural communities.  As part of our ongoing series of virtual exchanges, Equal Voice Action hosted a discussion to explore how our members and allies in rural communities can organize, amplify our voices, […]

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Organizing in the Colonias: Collective Action in the Rio Grande Valley

Published on : August 25th, 2017

By Tania Chavez of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE))   San Juan, TX—Colonias can be found all along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Hidalgo County, Texas holds the largest concentration of colonias in the U.S., with over 1000 unincorporated neighborhoods. Here, in the Rio Grande Valley, colonias lack the most basic necessities, such as […]

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Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

Published on : August 21st, 2017

By DJ Coker of SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment) (This essay was originally published by Equal Voice News.)   I grew up in the Cumberland Mountains near Jellico, Tennessee. My great-grandfather was a coal miner and my grandfather was a coal miner, on my mother’s side. I was the first in my family to go to college. […]

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PolicyLink Introduces Practical Toolkit to Help End Urban Inequity

Published on : August 17th, 2017

By Equal Voice Action Urban areas bring with them diversity, opportunity, and innovation, but when the subject of long-term equitable growth is broached, even the most well-intentioned cities often find themselves perpetuating deeply rooted, systemic marginalization – specifically within low-income communities and communities of color. PolicyLink, an organizational ally and supporter behind the Equal Voice […]

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Virtual Discussion: Rural Policy Advocacy & Voice – Join us August 24th

Published on : July 27th, 2017

    Are you organizing for change in rural communities? Join us on August 24th at 10am PT / 1pm ET for our next virtual discussion, Rural Policy Advocacy & Voice.   Our panel of expert organizers will discuss the impact of federal policy on rural communities and how our members and allies in the […]

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Despite Promises, Florida Police Are Acting Like Immigration Agents

Published on : July 24th, 2017

by Thomas Kennedy of the Center for Community Change This article was originally published on the Huffington Post and the Center for Community Change blog under the full title, “Despite Promises, Florida Police Are Acting Like Immigration Agents and Separating Families.”    Driving without a license can be a daily nerve wrecking experience for a lot of undocumented immigrants living […]

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Show Your Love

Published on : June 30th, 2017

By Ernest Johnson of Ubuntu Village and Equal Voice Action   Last week, my organization, Ubuntu Village, co-sponsored a screening of Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital. The film details the post-Katrina closure of Charity Hospital, New Orleans’ primary healthcare source for poor and working class residents, and the subsequent lack of healthcare […]

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From Vice To Ice: New Toolkit Offers Blueprint for Cross-Community Organizing

Published on : June 27th, 2017

By Equal Voice Action   Organizing across diverse communities, identities, and issues is essential for effective coalition building and advocacy for inclusive economic and social policy. A case study in grassroots collaboration involving an organizational member in the Louisiana Equal Voice Network offers not only a success story but an engaging, hands-on resource for forging […]

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Fighting for Renters’ Rights: A Win for Grassroots Organizing in Silicon Valley

Published on : June 1st, 2017

By Aleli Samson of Working Partnerships USA   Robert Aguirre first moved into his apartment in San Jose, California in 2014 after living for years in a homeless encampment. San Jose, the country’s 10th largest city, is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley – a region that produces more wealth than the GDP of some […]

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Podcast: Youth Development & Engagement for Social Change

Published on : May 26th, 2017

Listen to Tshaka Barrows, Albino Garcia, Jr., and Lashon Amado discuss challenges for youth development and share strategies and advice for empowering young people and lifting up communities.  As part of our ongoing virtual discussion series, Equal Voice Action hosted a virtual huddle with youth development leaders to discuss challenges, opportunities, and strategies for empowering young people to […]

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Virtual Discussion: Youth Development for Social Change – Join us May 25th!

Published on : April 27th, 2017

    Are you working to engage youth in your community and cause? Join us on May 25th at 10am PT / 1pm ET for our next virtual discussion, Youth Development & Engagement for Social Change. Our panel of expert organizers and youth development leaders will draw on their deep expertise to discuss how we […]

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Grassroots Power Hour Deepens IMAN’s Organizing and Wellness Efforts

Published on : April 18th, 2017

By Dallas Wright of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (modified with permission from an original post by Sara Hamdan)     Recent federal policy decisions around immigration and criminal justice have had a marked impact on the daily lives of many Chicagoans, and particularly those in the Marquette Park area. Recognizing the growing importance of accessible community organizing spaces, […]

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Building a National Campaign for Immigrant Rights and Policy Reform

Published on : March 27th, 2017

By Victoria Dominguez of CARECEN and Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance   Since the November 2016 election of President Donald Trump, the political climate and sense of security within the immigrant community has drastically changed – and with it, the work of many immigrant rights organizations throughout the nation. Rapid response, direct legal […]

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Podcast: Civil & Human Rights Under the Trump Administration

Published on : March 21st, 2017

Listen to Anthony Romero, Stewart Kwoh, Rami Nashashibi, and Henry A. J. Ramos discuss challenges and strategies for defending civil and human rights under the Trump administration. In the third of a multi-part series, Equal Voice Action hosted a virtual panel of leading advocacy experts to address the challenges to civil and human rights presented by the […]

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Alabama Coalition Builds Leadership for Social Change

Published on : March 16th, 2017

By Shakita B. Jones, Network Weaver for Equal Voice Alabama   Since the nation’s recent national elections have propelled new threats to low-income grassroots community interests in areas ranging from civil rights and education to health insurance and labor organizing, communities all across the nation have been called to organize themselves in new and different […]

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Border Justice Issues Increasingly Prevalent for EVA Southwest Stakeholders

Published on : February 24th, 2017

  During January and February, Equal Voice Action Executive Director Henry A. J. Ramos visited EVA members, partners, and allies for immigration policy-focused exchanges in Phoenix and Yuma, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA.  Talks with leaders and activists in these locations echoed field observations and concerns shared by advocates late last year during allied EVA field […]

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Virtual Discussion with Anthony Romero of the ACLU – Join us Mar 20th!

Published on : February 17th, 2017

  Join us online on March 20th at 11am PT / 2pm ET for our next live virtual discussion, Civil & Human Rights Under the Trump Administration. Our expert panel, including Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, will address the challenges to civil and human rights presented by the Trump administration’s policy agenda and discuss […]

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EVA Helps Lead National Justice Discussion on Men & Boys of Color

Published on : February 16th, 2017

  On December 7, 2016, in Washington, D.C., EVA Executive Director Henry A. J. Ramos joined 50 of the nation’s leading human services and family advocates at a National Human Services Assembly gathering to discuss the rights and opportunities of men and boys of color in America. Ramos helped to open the gathering with formal remarks on […]

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Podcast: Immigrant & Refugee Rights in the Trump Era: Next Stage Advocacy Strategies

Published on : February 15th, 2017

Listen to Emma Torres, Cristina Jiménez, Lawrence Benito, Marcia Olivo, and Karin Wang discuss strategies for defending immigrants and refugees amid the current political climate and policy landscape.  In the second of a multi-part series, Equal Voice Action convened a virtual panel of advocacy experts and leaders to discuss strategies for protecting immigrant and refugee rights in the […]

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New Mexico: Hundreds Rally at State Capitol Against Immigration Executive Orders

Published on : February 9th, 2017

By Emmanuelle “Neza” Leal of Somos Un Pueblo Unido (originally published as a press release on February 6th, 2017)     SANTA FE, NM–On Monday, hundreds of immigrant families, labor, faith and civil rights leaders, and elected officials held a rally at the Roundhouse to speak out against President Trump’s dangerous executive orders on immigration and […]

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Indigenous Women Rise: We Exist, We Resist, We Rise

Published on : February 6th, 2017

By Chrissie Castro of Native Voice Network and Indigenous Women Rise     A day after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Indigenous Women Rise marched with hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children to stand for justice in Washington, D.C. As we made our way through the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, […]

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Virtual Discussion: Immigrant & Refugee Rights – Join us Feb 14th!

Published on : February 3rd, 2017

Join us online on February 14th at 11am PT / 2pm ET for our next live virtual discussion, Immigrant & Refugee Rights in the Trump Era: Next Stage Advocacy Strategies. Our expert panel will discuss strategies for protecting immigrant and refugee rights in the face of controversial executive actions and pending or potential legislation at […]

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Chicago Equal Voice Co-convenes “Protected by Faith” Vigil

Published on : January 26th, 2017

By Ashley Moy-Wooten of Chicago Equal Voice   In response to Donald Trump’s presidential victory, several organizations came together on December 1st, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple to organize a powerful interfaith solidarity vigil and rally with over 650 people from different faith traditions and denominations in attendance. During […]

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Podcast: Resistance: Action for Equity in a New Political Era

Published on : January 23rd, 2017

Listen to Angela Glover Blackwell, Chrissie Castro, Derecka Mehrens, and Henry A. J. Ramos discuss strategies for defending and advancing progressive causes in the new political era under President Donald Trump.  In the first of a multi-part series, Equal Voice Action hosted a virtual discussion, Resistance: Action for Equity in a New Political Era, to discuss how […]

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Virtual Discussion: Resistance – Join us Jan 19th!

Published on : January 5th, 2017

Equal Voice Action welcomes members, allies, and friends to join us on January 19th for a live virtual discussion, Resistance: Action for Equity in a New Political Era. In the first of a new informative and interactive series for the EVA community, our expert panel will discuss how EVA members and organizational allies can mount a […]

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Voices from Standing Rock: We Danced in Resistance and Resilience

Published on : November 30th, 2016

By Morning Star Gali of Native Voice Network I am writing this as I make my second journey in two weeks to the Oceti Sakowin camp from California, a one way distance of 1600 miles through snowy and slick terrain. A week ago Sunday I was there, standing with hundreds of fellow water protectors on the […]

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New Mexico Inclusive Democracy Project

Published on : November 8th, 2016

By Javier Benavidez and Andrea J. Serrano for NM Inclusive Democracy Project   In today’s current political climate, grassroots organizations have become the standard bearer of shaping progressive policy and working toward creating a true democracy. In New Mexico, several organizations have joined together to create the New Mexico Inclusive Democracy Project, a partnership of grassroots […]

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Our Vote, Our Voice

Published on : November 8th, 2016

As millions of voters across the U.S. prepare to cast their votes on November 8th, we have the opportunity to determine more than our elected representatives. State and local ballot measures enable us to directly weigh in on important issues that affect our families, neighborhoods, and futures. Often cited as a bellwether for the country, […]

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In This Hate-Filled Election, There’s Always Love

Published on : November 7th, 2016

By Ai-jen Poo, George Goehl   Recently, our own Geoge Goehl, Treasurer of the Equal Voice Action board of directors, was featured with his fiancee, Ai-jen Poo, a leading national domestic workers advocate in an inspiring article we wanted to share with you. Please read on for their full piece, which is a strong testament to the commitment and heart […]

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September 2016, Spanish

Published on : October 6th, 2016

Action Now Septiembre 2016   Donde Comienza el Cambio Bienvenido a la edición de septiembre 2016 de Action Now, el boletín informativo mensual de Equal Voice Action (EVA). La misión de EVA es aumentar la participación, conexión y el poder de las familias de bajos recursos y bajos ingresos para fomentar políticas que mejoren el […]

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San Diego Families: Safety Net Programs Need More Attention

Published on : October 30th, 2015

San Diego County is missing out on more than $900 million in economic activity each year because it is only enrolling about half of its eligible residents in state and federal safety net programs, according to a coalition of working families, grassroots organizations and faith-based groups.

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Report: LGBT Nondiscrimination Laws Are Needed

Published on : October 30th, 2015

The LGBT community files sexual orientation and gender identity employment discrimination cases about as frequently as women and people of color challenge civil rights violations that are based on gender and race, according to a new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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Voting Rights and Licenses Offices in Ala. Still at Center of Debate

Published on : October 30th, 2015

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley agreed to keep 31 driver’s licenses offices open one day a month, a concession that critics said fell far short of voters’ needs in the state’s rural communities.

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Prison Phone Call Rates Are Cut, Helping People Stay Connected

Published on : October 30th, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission voted Oct. 22 to reduce rates and limit fees for calls from prison, which can cost $14 a minute, making it easier for prisoners to stay connected with their families and communities.

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Medicaid Denied: The Cost May Be Measured in Lives

Published on : October 30th, 2015

As part of “The Dignity of Living” special series, Equal Voice News traveled to the Mississippi Delta to learn about the lives of residents whose elected leaders have declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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