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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.

Why I Serve

December 12, 2013

Ty Jackson is a native of Birmingham, AL who studied Business at Mississippi Valley State University. For three years, Ty served with AmeriCorps as both a VISTA and State member to help develop communities, provide disaster-relief services and offer health screenings across Alabama.

"I Ain't Comin' Down" — Kanye West and the Confederate Flag

December 10, 2013

Mary Chiles was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She spent three years working at the YWCA post-college as a child care teacher and as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department. Mary now lives in San Francisco, CA.

Lessons Learned Coaching Girls On The Run

December 5, 2013

Julia Venable is a second year AmeriCorps member serving through the YWCA Central Alabama with Girls on the Run and Heart Gallery Alabama. Last year, she served in the YWCA's domestic violence department as a Healthy Relationships Instructor.

World AIDS Day and The Hope for Greater Awareness

December 3, 2013

Paulo Michelini recently obtained his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He’s currently serving as an AmeriCorps member at AIDS Alabama and plans to attend medical school in the fall.

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.
 

Voltaire and Gardening

November 22, 2013

Claire Guest grew up in Birmingham and recently graduated from Penn State.

Bullying Statistics and Stories

November 14, 2013

Noah Schuettge is a recent transplant to Birmingham, Alabama and is serving as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department at the YWCA Central Alabama.
 

From Bike to Bus and Back Again

November 12, 2013

Paulo Michelini recently obtained his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He’s currently serving as an AmeriCorps member at AIDS Alabama and plans to attend medical school in the fall.

Who is Birmingham?: Cultivating Cross-Cultural Relationships

November 7, 2013

Noah Schuettge is a recent transplant to Birmingham, AL and is serving as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department at the YWCA Central Alabama.
 
In 1991, the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn broke out into three days of violence.

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