Category Archives: Civil Rights

New Poverty Data Sobering, Reveals Need for Government Programs

This month, the Census Bureau released data on poverty in 2011.  If you turned on the news, you might have missed the stories on this.  That’s because they weren’t there.  There was important and somber news from the Middle East, … Continue reading

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Voter ID Laws Seek to Prevent Fraud That Doesn’t Exist, Could Disenfranchise Millions

As election season heats up, voter ID laws are in the news. This month’s issue of In Just Times raises important concerns about their impact on marginalized groups, and shows how this is part of a broader trend towards increasing … Continue reading

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New Report: 1.6 Million Homeless Youth Alone and At Risk on the Streets

A new report released today by the Law Center and the National Network for Youth reveals a disturbing truth: 1.6 million youth experience homelessness without a parent or guardian each year, facing numerous barriers to meeting basic needs. I’ve gotten … Continue reading

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Americans’ Voting Rights are Under Attack

Help the Law Center protect the right to vote! Voting rights are under attack in a way not seen in decades.  Right now, 44 states have current or pending voter ID laws that will make it difficult — or even … Continue reading

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Law Center Hosts Event Marking 25th Anniversary of McKinney-Vento

Twenty-five years ago—on July 22, 1987—Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This landmark legislation provides federal funding for shelters and other services for people who are homeless. It also offered educational protections for children whose families do not have a … Continue reading

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First Read: Homeless Bill of Rights, Job Training for Homeless Vets, More

Rhode Island’s Homeless Bill of Rights Mother Jones has today’s first word on the civil rights of homeless people. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Law Center and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Governor Lincoln Chafee is … Continue reading

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Equity, Prosperity, and the American Identity

“People need to live somewhere, and in the absence of other shelter, that will be in public,” said Maria Foscarinis, speaking Monday on a panel discussing the inequities of access to housing and urban poverty. The founder and executive director … Continue reading

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A Painful Truth

Philadelphia; Denver; Ashland, OR. What do these cities have in common? They are all addressing homelessness and poverty by making it a crime. And in Sunday’s edition of the USA Today, we shared a painful truth: they’re not alone. Across … Continue reading

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Troubling Increase in Criminalization Laws Continues

The startling trend of criminalizing the behavior of homeless persons is continuing across the country. Despite advocacy by the Law Center, Denver has begun enforcing a ban on camping. The law defines camping as any attempt to cook or sleep … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

As the early spring’s plantings start to blossom in my yard, I’ve also been appreciating that the seeds for the human right to housing, some planted years ago, have also started to bloom. In early April, the U.S. Interagency Council … Continue reading

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