Racial Violence in Charlottesville

Racial Violence in Charlottesville

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One person died and dozens were injured after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Virginia Saturday. The “Unite the Right” rally was organized by Jason Kessler, a white nationalist who described the event on his Facebook page as “biggest pro-Confederate right-wing rally of the year!” The rally began in Emancipation Park  at around 7 a.m. and began spiraling out of control after two people were injured in an altercation near the park, the city said on its official twitter account. By about 11:30 a.m. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville, according to a statement released by his office. A short time later a car drove through a crowd of people in the downtown area, killing one and injuring 19 others, Charlottesville police said on their Facebook page. James Alex Fields Jr., 20 of Ohio, was arrested for…
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Human Rights Advocates React to the President’s Proposed Budget

Human Rights Advocates React to the President’s Proposed Budget

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Human rights advocates are expressing outrage at President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget, which they say would have damaging impact on people all over the world. Trump unveiled his proposed $4 trillion federal budget May 24. The proposal would cut to the International Affairs budget by 32 percent, and reduce funding for Child Care and Development Block Grants, and Head Start programs according to multiple statements by Save the Children Action Network. Amnesty International USA also released a statement calling the President's proposal a "rejection of human rights." “President Trump’s budget is a rejection of American leadership on human rights and will hurt people inside U.S. and all over the world,” Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Margaret Huang said in a statement. “Instead of strengthening human rights, Trump wants to invest in a border wall, a Muslim ban and the…
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Culturally Sensitive Shelter for Homeless Muslim Women

Culturally Sensitive Shelter for Homeless Muslim Women

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Adam Sennott Pictured: Representing shelter room sponsors Malden Masjed from left-Sister Khadijah, Laila, and Fatima For Muslim women, living in a homeless shelter comes with an added layer of difficulties. At times, they are unable to eat the food that is served due to religious restrictions and can’t remove their scarves when men are present since that would violate their religious beliefs. Malika MacDonald, national director of ICNA Relief USA's Shelter Network has worked with women who have been harassed and even attacked in public shelters for praying. And talking to male staff about their struggles can be “extremely uncomfortable,” MacDonald said. “Often times councilors will say to them ‘well, you know, doesn’t your religion oppress women? Doesn’t your religion call for this type of treatment of women?” MacDonald said. “It’s not very uplifting.” Over…
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Using Vacant Federal Property to Develop Affordable Housing

Using Vacant Federal Property to Develop Affordable Housing

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is offering a helping hand to municipal governments who want access thousands of free properties from the federal government to permanently house homeless people. The NLCHP launched it Public Property/Public Need toolkit Monday to help state and local governments and nonprofits organizations find and apply for property available under Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Law Center said in a press release. The program was started in 1987, and in December the government clarified that federal property can be used to permanently house homeless people. “The program provides eligible homeless service providers with a right of first refusal to properties no longer needed by the federal government – including warehouses, administrative buildings, and vacant land,” the Law Center said.…
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