Making Money Off The Poor and Off Of Immigrants: April Roundup

April 29, 2014

Each month, we give you a roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to let the stories spark productive conversations that can help create change and a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.
 
Our first article is a good read that comes from The Atlantic. It profiles three generations of one family that all went to Central High School in Tuscaloosa and how desegregation in schools has played out in actuality and what the effects have been on their academic experiences.
 
At the YW, we advocate limiting predatory lending, but as John Archibald points out it’s just one of the many ways that Alabama makes money off of the poor, and it needs to end.
 
Another one of the YW’s advocacy priorities is the elimination of anti-immigrant laws. The numbers of deportations in the United States have increased under President Obama, and so this story about how the current laws have created a system in which immigration fraud occurs caught our attention. 
 
One of the YW’s main program areas is serving victims of domestic violence. So we wanted to share this ad that encourages folks to talk more openly about an issue that is not often visible on the surface.
 
Everyone knows that April 15th is tax day, but for same-sex couples, filing taxes is not as simple as it could be, and one couple is fighting to change that in Alabama.
 
Next, according to a recent study 49 percent of black men are arrested by the time they are 23 years old. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to use data like this to eliminate racial profiling.
 
Finally, more than 200 girls in Nigeria were kidnapped from their boarding school two weeks ago. The primary suspect is the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden.”
 
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