by: Judith Browne Dianis, Lillie Branch-Kennedy
Virginia hit the polls last week to elect a new governor, helping to define the Commonwealth's future around jobs, education, healthcare and the environment. This act, of participating in our democracy, was a powerful one. Voting is the one time when we are all equal, as every citizen -- whether rich or poor, young or old, and regardless of race -- has the same say when they walk into the voting booth. It is your right as a citizen, and it matters.
Unfortunately, while most people in the Commonwealth are able to exercise this fundamental civil right, more than six percent of voting-age Virginians cannot due to a prior felony conviction.
by: Patrice McDermott
Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations. The public's right to this information, however, could be stripped away by the Farm Bill currently under debate in Congress.
Negotiators from the House and Senate are currently meeting to try to develop a compromise between the House-passed version of the Farm Bill and what was passed by the Senate. Among the differences between the bills, the House's version includes language that unnecessarily cuts off public access to basic information livestock and agricultural operations.
by: Chris Hartman
A few years ago, our Fairness Coalition penned a piece that began, "Kentucky -- it's a state of Fairness!" We'd just received polling that proved the vast majority of Kentuckians support simple discrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people -- 83 percent of registered Kentucky voters, to be exact. At that time, however, only three cities in our commonwealth had passed anti-discrimination Fairness ordinances -- Covington, Lexington, and Louisville -- and there was little movement afoot for change.
Two years later, following intensive grassroots organizing efforts and intentional relationship building across the state, we got an unexpected break -- the Appalachian coal town of Vicco
by: Elrae Potts
As a long-time advocate for children in the Native American communities of Montana, I can confidently report that Indian child services are not the place to look for budgetary fat. Yet federal deficit-reduction strategies like the "sequester" are cutting programs like Head Start and foster care support instead of raising revenue from the folks who have it: huge multinational corporations and unimaginably wealthy households. Until we create a fairer tax system, we'll never dig our way out of debt or get our economy back in gear.
Tribal communities have historically experienced unemployment and other economic dislocations at a much higher rate than American society as a whole.
by: Bryan Pini, Barbara Jennings
by: Susan Vento, Judy Van Ness
by: Holly Sklar
by: Jen Kim
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