This November, young people have the power to change the face of the U.S. electorate: Some 24 million Generation Z teens will have the opportunity to cast ballots.
As fears mount over if there will be a safe and fair election in November, various national efforts are underway to ensure election integrity and maximize voter turnout. One area of particular concern is the country’s potential shortage of poll workers. In response, new groups like the Poll Hero Project and Power the Polls are mobilizing, getting creative to fill this gap. And it seems to be working.
USCIS announced on September 19, 2019 that deferred action was reinstated by USCIS. Despite the reinstatement, the outcome in deferred action cases we handled or tracked across the country continue to raise concerns.
Since the September 19, 2019 reinstatement, USCIS has received 458 initial deferred action requests, with 43 granted, 90 denied, and the rest administratively closed, withdrawn or pending.
USCIS should commit to processing deferred action cases regularly and end the practice of denying protection to the most vulnerable.
Fueled by zero tolerance policies, school districts across the country frequently push kids out of school and toward the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The presence of police officers in schools makes a bad situation worse, too often punishing students who are Black, Latinx, LGBTQ and/or have disabilities.
Our children need more nurses and counselors, more social workers and school psychologists—not more police.
New studies by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) reveal the grim consequences of child marriage in the U.S., which occurs at particularly high rates in North Carolina. North Carolina is becoming a common destination for adults to take children when their marriage is illegal in their home states. Between 2000 and 2015, almost 9,000 minors were listed on marriage license applications in North Carolina.
But there’s a simple solution: Set the minimum age of marriage at 18, without exceptions.
Based on the book by Jenni Hendriks, Unpregnant tells the story of Ivy League-bound Veronica who realizes she’s pregnant and wants an abortion. So, Veronica and her former best friend Bailey embark on a road trip to the closest clinic where she can consent to her own abortion—over 1,400 miles away.
COVID-19 is compromising significant recent progress made towards global girls’ education equity, as schools close and migration increases. The painful and protracted interruptions to girls’ education are a global emergency, with incalculable potential losses to follow.
Mary Yeboah and Koluchi Odiegwu—two second year college students—have raised over $32,000 for remote villages in Africa whose inhabitants are facing mass hunger caused by the coronavirus.
“We saw a correlation of how COVID-19 and hunger were affecting a target demographic. We knew we had to bring attention to it.”
Last week, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released their draft of a new USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy.
The current draft of the policy is out of touch with current global best practices, and contains inaccurate and problematic elements that may stall or even reverse progress towards gender equality globally.
TAKE ACTION: USAID has opened up an extremely brief comment period on the policy, requiring that all comments be submitted by Tuesday, August 25.
As a fifth grader, Marley Dias told her parents none of the characters in the books she reads in school look like her.
Five years later, Dias’ campaign, #1000BlackGirlBooks, has filled school libraries and curriculums with more than 12,000 books that feature Black girls as the main character.
“I was sick of reading about white boys and their dog.”