Engaging young voters

Young people can be a difficult audience to reach. NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation tackled this challenge by partnering with other nonprofits to sponsor a day-long Reproductive Justice Summit targeting youth ages 16-24 for a series of advocacy skill sessions. …

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#CommunityOrganizing, #ReproductiveRights, #YoungVoters

Resource for Detained or Deported Parents

The Women’s Refugee Commission has announced the release of its groundbreaking new publication, Detained or Deported: What about my children? What to do if you can’t be with them.

This toolkit is designed to help immigrant parents keep their families together. It is the first-ever comprehensive, nationwide resource to help families who are caught between the immigration and child welfare systems. …

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#ChildWelfare, #Deported, #Immigration, #SocialWelfare

When Solitary Confinement Becomes Torture

What would you think about a pet owner who locked up his cat or dog in a tiny room for 23 hours a day?  For a month, a year, five years?  Would you accuse that owner of cruel and unusual treatment?  Yet, thousands of humans are treated this way in our correctional systems, many for prolonged periods of time.  About 25,000 federal and state inmates are held in solitary confinement in supermax prisons in units called SHUs—security housing units—and another 80,000 inmates are housed in isolation cells in regular prisons and jails. …

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#CriminalJustice, #MentalHealth, #Policy, #Prison

Collateral Consequences of Incarceration the subject of congressional hearing on 6/26

The bipartisan Overcriminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled its eighth hearing this Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 9:30 am at 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. The topic of this hearing is “Collateral Consequences.” A link to the Judiciary Committee web page on which the witnesses’ written testimony will be posted, as well as a webcast of the hearing, is here. …

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#CollateralConsequences, #Criminal, #CriminalJustice, #Incarceration

New education and immigration developments in New York

With the New York State Legislature ending its session for the summer, a number of significant developments came under discussion. Education was a central topic, with Governor Cuomo and other legislators considering the re-evaluation of the Common Core, a curriculum created in 2010 to improve academic performance that has come under scrutiny since its recent adoption. Under Common Core criteria, a teacher can be terminated if his or her students do not perform well on a set of standardized tests two years in a row.

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#Education, #Immigration, #McSilver

The Sensorimotor Approach To Storying Trauma

Far too often, getting on with ‘everyday life’ requires suppressing the impact of traumatic stress on body, mind, and spirit. This self-imposed desensitization to one’s own suffering also lessens how empathetic we are to others’ suffering, including to their stories of trauma….

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#Imaginal, #Mindfulness, #PatOgden, #Trauma

Following My Own Advice And Having Fun

Today might be my last day of paid work for awhile. My co-workers and I are part of a union of employees who collectively are in a situation where our bargaining committee has issued a work stoppage that would take effect at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Now I’m not going to get into the issues here and talk about that process because I don’t think that would be wise or profitable for any reader out there. Suffice to say however that the stress of a work stoppage and the loss of income that comes with it are affecting everyone. There’s an edge in the workplace. …

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#JobAdvice, #Relaxation, #Stress, #Work

The Unvarnished Truth about the Prison Family Journey

The first boldly honest resource for those affected by mass incarceration in the U.S. is stimulating powerful discussion.

The United States is the largest jailer in the world. With just 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. The human and financial cost is staggering….

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#Crime, #Prison, #UnitedStates