November Roundup

November 25, 2013

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.
 
We start off this month with an update on HB56. At the YW we support the repeal of HB56 and other racist, anti-immigrant legislation as it stands in the way of our mission and work. Earlier this month settlements were proposed in two lawsuits against the state of Alabama that would block significant portions of the anti-immigration law. Here’s an article from al.com that gives a rundown of what is and what isn’t blocked. While the settlements will bring some clarity, they will also bring renewed efforts for national reform.
 
In a 64 to 32 vote, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from workplace discrimination. House speaker John Boehner has said that the House of Representatives will not take up the bill. While 21 states have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT people, Alabama is not one of them.
 
As we get closer to the holidays, it seems that poverty seems to be a topic that always resurfaces. A New York Times commentator suggests that the image that pops into our heads may not be accurate and that poverty is much more mainstream that you might think.
 
In October we ran a post from one of our Social Justice AmeriCorps about mascots and racism. So this local story caught our attention about the banner McAdory High School made when they played Pinson Valley High School in the Round 2 State Playoff Game.
 
And finally, Fox is intentionally going after new TV Shows with diverse characters, stating that it’s better for business and the right thing to do. The article profiles Sleepy Hollow and mentions a few other new TV shows that reflect this commitment.
 
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