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Rocking the Vote at Appalachian State University

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice celebrated National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) by hosting a concert and voter registration event with Rock the Vote, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, IgniteNC, and the Watauga County NAACP at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The concert was one of hundreds of simultaneous NVRD events staged throughout the nation. The Boone event was a part of the largest field effort to date, with over 2,200 partners and 5,000 volunteers working to register nearly 100,000 voters throughout the U.S.

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Statement from Sheila Crowley and Rachel LaForest on Samuels v. Federal Housing Finance Agency

While we are disappointed in Judge Marcia G. Cooke’s ruling on Monday on our lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to require the agency to lift its suspension on funding for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), we will continue our advocacy for the affordable housing that the NHTF would provide.  The need for this housing has never been more urgent. Consistent with statutory provisions, FHFA, through its Director Mel Watt, should lift the suspension and direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide funding for the NHTF now.

Today, there is a shortage of 7.1 million rental housing units that are affordable and available for extremely low income households.[1] Three-quarters of these households spend half or more of their income for housing, leaving them at high risk of housing instability, eviction, and homelessness.

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The Affordable Housing Crisis in New York City

In the wake of a $37 million cut to the federal Section 8 voucher program, thousands of enrolled New Yorkers have been forced to move out of their apartments due to an inability to maintain rent payments.

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Resume on Red Paper?

Remember high school? Go on, think back…for some of you, way back! Did you ever open your locker and find an envelope in it that smelled of perfume? I did. Back then I thought it was groovy, and it got my interest focused pretty quickly in wanting to open it up because I was sure the reading would be good. And back then, I was right.

Back before we had started dating, I recall my wife sending me an envelope with a hand-drawn picture of lips on the back with the words, “Sealed with a kiss” written on it too. It was not only groovy, it was totally out of sight, and I was hip to the trip.

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Dear FOX Executives - “Red Band Society?” What the Hell?

Dear FOX Executives,

My social media news feed now blows up on Wednesday nights, and you’re to blame. That’s when you air “Red Band Society,” your drama about teens with life threatening diseases living in a children’s hospital.  You see, most of my friends on social media are adults who, like me, are survivors of some pretty horrendous diseases we had as teenagers.  Our youths revolved around hospitals and illnesses and the constant threat of death.  Honestly, the entire experience for me was so traumatizing that I can only recall bits and pieces of an entire decade of my life.  (Shameless plug – what I could recall, I wrote about in The Spider and the Wasp).

But if there’s one thing we all learned from being sick teens, it’s not to judge when you’re so imperfect yourself. We just have some issues with the way you present life as a sick teenager.  As the self-appointed representative of the group, what we want to do is offer some constructive criticisms that can help turn your show from being less “Hospital 90210” and more “Mad Men,” if you catch our drift.

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Force Of Habit

In my People Solutions Sourcebook I write about the ‘Three Hs’ that are powerful influences on behaviour: head (reason); heart (passion or emotion) and habit. Which is more powerful will depend on the circumstances at any given time. For example, following a major loss heart is likely to be to the fore.

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Are Child Protection Quotas Endangering Minnesota Children?

Written By Daniel Heimpel

In 2000, Minnesota launched a pilot for its now statewide differential response (DR) program. DR is a popular child protection strategy with mixed results, in which help is offered to abusive or neglectful parents, but rarely forced upon them.

More than seven of every ten “screened-in” cases of abuse and neglect in Minnesota were placed on the “family assessment” track, according to the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) website.

But the state’s 71 percent diversion to DR appears to reflect the desire of DHS administrators more than it does the decisions and policies of local child welfare leaders. The Chronicle of Social Change has learned that DHS expected each of Minnesota’s 87 counties to place 70 percent of screened-in cases on the DR track.

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Dr. Celia B. Fisher & Co-PI awarded $1.9 million grant to examine the ethics in HIV prevention research involving LGBT youth

Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher and her co-PI Dr. Brian Mustanski (Northwestern University) have received a 4-year grant for $1,918,206.00 from the National Institute on Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) on Ethics in HIV Prevention Research …

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How the NFL can stop abuse AND keep its players on the field

Many people are happy that the Vikings kicked Adrian Peterson off the team and that Ray Rice can no longer play for the Ravens. Their off-field violence has cascaded into harm and loss for everyone involved – spouses, children, team, league and fans — all because of the consequences of their childhood trauma. And the only way the NFL can stop further abuse, harm and loss is…well…to deal with its players’ childhood trauma.

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Reducing Health Disparities and Enhancing the Responsible Conduct of Research Involving LGBT Youth

There has been a recent increase in public attention to health disparities in the incidence and treatment of suicide, substance abuse and sexual health risks among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth (LGBTY). Although there is clearly a need for prevention and treatment programs for LGBTY …

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