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  • ICE Policies Hurt Our Communities Beyond The Border

    Hamid Yazdan Pahah by: Hamid Yazdan Pahah
    Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out one of its largest raids in years, arresting more than 140 people in Ohio. But raids and family separation are only part of the total impact ICE has on our communities. The Trump administration has attempted to justify aggressive immigration enforcement by claiming they help make our cities safer, yet the opposite may be true.
      Immigration advocates have raised concerns about public safety based on ICE's track record of abuse, militarized operations and propensity to identify themselves as the police. So far this year, seven immigrants have died while in ICE custody, with reports citing lack of medical care as a main factor.

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  • The Toxic Effects Of Detention Centers For Young Children

    Charles Zeanah by: Charles Zeanah, Carole Shauffer
    Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis at the border, one thing is clear: At least 2000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across the country. Many -- no one knows exactly how many -- are under age 5 housed in "Tender Age" shelters in South Texas. Government officials claim they are safe and well cared for, but nothing could be further from the truth. Years of research shows us that group care, is harmful to children of all ages and especially toxic for infants and young children.
      Officials defend these facilities saying that shelters provide nutrition, hygiene, and medical care.

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  • Use A Public Health Approach To Reduce Gun Violence

    Daniel Blumenthal by: Daniel Blumenthal
    On March 14 of this year, students across the US left class for 17 minutes -- one minute for every person killed in the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School massacre. It is a bit disheartening to realize that, if the students had instead chosen to stay out of class one minute for every person killed by gunfire in the US during one year, they would have skipped school for nearly five months -- the rest of the spring semester and a couple of months into the fall term.
      Gunfire is a public health problem that accounts for an average of about 35,000 deaths a year in this country, and about twice that number of non-fatal injuries.

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  • Keep SNAP in Farm Bill

    Ashley Matthews by: Ashley Matthews
    Congress will soon be voting on drastic changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the Farm Bill Reauthorization. Major changes could result in the loss of access to critical food assistance or reduce benefits for Georgia residents who are eligible or currently participating in the SNAP.
      Hunger and food insecurity are a reality of daily life for many of our Georgia neighbors, children, seniors, veterans and active-duty military. According to the Georgia Department of Human Services, there were 762,301 households that received food stamps in Georgia in 2017.

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Trump, GOP Get Failing Grades On New Tax Law

Frank Clemente by: Frank Clemente
This is the time of year for final report cards, so it's a good time to grade President Trump and congressional Republicans on their massive tax cuts mostly benefiting the wealthy and corporations. Six ...



Every Farm Counts

Zachary Ducheneaux by: Zachary Ducheneaux
In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and others, American Indians continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of ...





Free at Last: When You Are Among Those Few Granted Asylum

Silvia Giagnoni by: Silvia Giagnoni
This story has a good ending -- or, I should say, a promising beginning.
  I just bought my ticket to Minneapolis to go visit Robel* whom I first met last October while doing visitations ...



We Can Make It Less Profitable To Traffic Opioids

John Cassara by: John Cassara, Nathan Proctor
The president will now declare what many of us experience first hand, the opioid epidemic is a national emergency.
  Frankly, with as many as 59,000 deaths in 2016, there doesn't seem to ...








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The Toxic Effects Of Detention Centers For Young Children (by: Charles Zeanah, Carole Shauffer) in the Leesville Daily Leader

Use A Public Health Approach To Reduce Gun Violence (by: Daniel Blumenthal) in the Spring Grove Herald

Keep SNAP in Farm Bill (by: Ashley Matthews) in the Hinesville Coastal Courier

Trump, GOP Get Failing Grades On New Tax Law (by: Frank Clemente) in the Grand Coulee Star

Every Farm Counts (by: Zachary Ducheneaux) in the Columbia Star

Free at Last: When You Are Among Those Few Granted Asylum (by: Silvia Giagnoni) in the Augusta Free Press

We Can Make It Less Profitable To Traffic Opioids (by: John Cassara, Nathan Proctor) in the Red Wing Republican Eagle

For Many, Living With Advanced Dementia Is A Fate Worse Than Death (by: Kim Callinan) in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat

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