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Monthly Round-up: News Highlights from July

July 30, 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 about race, gender or any trait that can divide people.
 
First, there has been a lot of talk about race surrounding the Zimmerman trial and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Even the president had a few things to say about how the ruling relates to U.S.

Jim Reed Books-Civil Rights Memorabilia Collection

July 25, 2013

Local bookstore Jim Reed Books has recently gathered civil rights memorabilia to honor the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement. Because as a Social Justice AmeriCorps member I strive to create an environment that is just and fair, I felt it was important to research the materials of a significant time that serve as a driving force for what I do each day.

Why Predatory Lending Matters to Me

July 23, 2013

Gloria Anderson is the chair of the YW Board’s Social Justice Committee which identified predatory lending as its focus issue for the 2012-2013 legislative session.

The Deserts in Birmingham

July 18, 2013

Hope Lloyd is a rising senior at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). She was selected to participate in BSC's Hess Fellows Program - a program that pairs students with nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocacy. Hope was an adviser at Anytown Alabama 2013 and is serving at the YWCA this summer.

Photo: Woodlawn's community garden

The Dream is Now

July 11, 2013

Anamaria Santiago currently teaches literature and composition courses at UAB. She has been on staff at Anytown Alabama for numerous years and was honored to serve as an Anytown Alabama co-director this year.

Photo: Screenshot taken from "The Dream is Now" documentary

Generation Y... W

July 9, 2013

Last week, Forbes BrandVoice posted the online article “Millennials: Entitled or Enlightened?” in which the author referred to Generation Y as “entitled.” The article is recent, but this characterization of Generation Y is nothing new.

Looking Forward to the Fourth

July 2, 2013

Hope Lloyd is a rising senior at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). She was selected to participate in BSC's Hess Fellows Program - a program that pairs students with nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocacy. Hope was an adviser at Anytown Alabama 2013 and is serving at the YWCA this summer.

Monthly Roundup: News Highlights from June

June 28, 2013

Each month, the blog will bring you a monthly roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to hit major news, but also include a few pieces that you may have missed.

Ending Childhood Hunger Means Empowering Moms’ Finances

June 20, 2013

Kimmie Farris is spending her summer as the AmeriCorps Administrator at the YWCA. She recently completed a master’s in English literature at The University of Alabama and is entering a doctorate program for English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.

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