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Raise the Age: Advocating for Youth Justice in NC

August 29, 2016
Recently, I attended a public hearing presided by the NC Commission on the Administration of Law & Justice (NCCALJ). One of the top issues on their agenda was Juvenile Reinvestment. NC is one of only two states (NY being the other) that automatically charges 16- and 17-year olds as adults...
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NC kids in adult jails?!?

August 29, 2016
We are at a pivotal moment to change the lives of kids in communities across our state. North Carolina is one of only two states in the country that still charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in our criminal justice system, without exception. We can change this outdated policy, but we need your...
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On Women’s Equality Day, Still Fighting for Voting Rights for All

August 25, 2016
Perhaps a million women will be left on the sidelines as we celebrate 96 years of voting rights this Women’s Equality Day . These are women affected by felony disenfranchisement laws – state laws that deny individuals convicted of felony offenses the right to vote while they are incarcerated, while...
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TANF at Twenty

August 24, 2016
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the law that placed a time limit on cash assistance for poor families with children and required some degree of work, job search, or training to receive benefits. The new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), replaced Aid to...
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Of Angels and Healthy, Affordable Foods in Minnesota

August 22, 2016
In this era of political disagreement, it’s unusual to see political parties put aside their differences, join hands and work together for the greater good. But that’s exactly what happened recently in Minnesota around efforts to improve and increase access to healthy and affordable food. Minnesota...
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Public Speaking... (Who me?)

August 22, 2016
This post originally appeared on Meanderings of Gentle Gull . OK yes, I crawled outside my box and actually spoke in public, I survived the ordeal. For me this is a huge milestone and I am here to tell the story. Most of you know that I do NOT like speaking in front of an audience, and I am really...
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On Nate Parker and Consent

August 19, 2016
To all victims and survivors of sexual violence, I hate that you have been, once again, re-traumatized by the force of patriarchy. I see the many statuses, comments, blogs, and articles in my timeline, and I am reading and digesting them. I completely understand why you are now either conflicted,...
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No Safety Here

August 8, 2016
A month and four days have passed and I’m still on edge. On July 4th my family and I traveled to Carowinds, a very popular amusement park that borders the line between North and South Carolina. As a Black American I have never believed in actively celebrating a holiday based on freedoms not...
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Head Smacker: During the Height of Mosquito Season, Congress Recesses — Without Fighting Zika

August 8, 2016
For months, public health officials have warned that the Zika virus eventually would show up in the continental U.S. They warned of this back in the winter, months before the mosquitoes that help transmit Zika were on most people’s radar screen. They warned of this in early summer, when Congress opted to recess for a very lengthy vacation and campaign season, without passing desperately needed funds to help fight Zika. They warned us. And now Zika is here.
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Moms Aren’t Taking a Recess from Advocating for Recess

August 4, 2016
With a new school year upon us, it seems a good time to give you an update on our effort to ensure Florida's public elementary school students receive the 20 minutes of daily recess they so desperately need and deserve. While our recess bill made it through the House last session, Sen. John Legg,...
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