Monthly Roundup: News Highlights from December

December 19, 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.

World Leader Nelson Mandela died this month. He is well known for his leadership in ending apartheid in South Africa, but his legacy is global. CNN covers the highlights of his life in photographs and stories.
 
In 2012, the Obama administration announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which allows young undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation and get a work permit for two years. NPR reports that a half a million people qualify for DACA, but haven’t applied and explains some of the reasons this figure is so high.
 
Weld has an interesting article that profiles Wescott Shaw who made the difficult decision to move from Crestwood to Homewood because her son is about to enter kindergarten. For Shaw, the decision was difficult because she supports downtown revitalization and living in the city, but didn’t want to jeopardize her son’s education.
 
Also in the news this month, General Motors’ new CEO is the first female CEO of a global automaker. Mary Barra will succeed Dan Akerson.
 
Duck Dynasty is a hit on television. But now it’s making the news after cast member Phil Robertson made anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ and has sparked an interesting dialogue about the intersection of religion, sexual orientation and free speech.
 
And finally, sequestration has had a huge financial impact on the YWCA’s KIDS Korner child care program that provides a safe place for pre-k children to learn and grow while their parents are working or looking for work. So this letter to the editor caught our attention in the New York Times.
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