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Petition: Demand Congress End Teen Homelessness

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  • 40% of America’s homeless youth are LGBT.[1]
  • Abandoned and abused young LGBT kids

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November 2, 2017 | The facts are heartbreaking:

Hundreds of thousands of our children have no homes.

 They’ve been abandoned, rejected by their families, and left to live on the streets alone.

 They’ve done nothing wrong. It’s simply because of who they are.

 Once on the street, LGBT teens are in a fight for their lives. With nowhere to turn, they are easy targets of physical abuse and sexual exploitation. Roughly 58% of homeless gay or trans teens have been sexually victimized.[2]

 All too often, our shelters report LGBT kids appearing with stab wounds, bruises, bullets wounds, and extreme sexual trauma.

 It’s no surprise 62% of homeless LGBT youth attempt suicide.[3]

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Sign our Petition: Demand Congress address teen homelessness.

Even our government has abandoned these children.

For over a year, we’ve been waiting for Congress to pass critical legislation that would stop shelters from discriminating against LGBT kids.

 And while extremists in Congress drag their feet, our children continue to be exposed and vulnerable. 

We need to step up.

 Every day Congress ignores this problem, thousands of homeless LGBT youth are put in danger.

 Sign on right now to DEMAND Congress end teen homelessness. They need you. DEMAND Congress end teen homelessness.

Please, act now. The lives of LGBT youth hang in the balance.





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Equality PAC is the political arm of the LGBT Equality Caucus. Our mission is simple: Elect pro-LGBT candidates to higher office. By elevating pro-Equality leaders to every level of government, our Equality movement works to ensure that our democracy better reflects the diversity of the American people and the strength of our inclusive values.

 

[1] The Williams Institute. | New Study Confirms 40 Percent of Homeless Youth Are Gay | July 14, 2012
[2] Center for American Progress. | On the Streets: The Federal Response to Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth | June 2010
[3] Ibid. 2

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Assessing Betsy DeVos' Rollback on Disability Rights

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President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a parent-teacher conference at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 14th, 2017.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ten months in, the damage that DeVos is doing to America's most vulnerable is becoming clear.

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David M. Perry, Pacific Standard Magazine

Oct 24, 2017 | Last January, Betsy DeVos went before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and delivered what may have been the worst performance of a potential cabinet secretary in modern history. She didn't seem to know anything about federal education policy, which wasn't surprising on its own: Her track record as a school-choice advocate in Michigan had emphasized privatization and theocracy, rather than pursuit of high-quality public education. Worse, from my perspective as the parent of a disabled child, she was specifically ignorant about special education, an arena where her prospective office has outsized influence. She got confirmed anyway, if narrowly.

Ten months into the Trump administration, the damage that DeVos and her appointees are doing to America's most vulnerable is beginning to show. A few weeks ago, she announced significant changes to the department's guidance on Title IX as it pertains to sexual assault in schools. Then, last week, the department rolled back 72 policy documents that specifically detailed the rights of disabled children in schools.

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A Blueprint for Child Care Reform

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A woman cares for toddlers at her home, which has she has converted into a child care center, in Oakland, California, October 2016. AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • It’s Time to Do Better for Children and Families
  • Related: How to Confront the Military Recruiting Playbook

 

Katie Hamm, Center for American Progress / Julie Kashen, Make It Work Campaign

https://www.americanprogress.org/content/themes/cap_core/img/c3_CAP_website_header_logo.svgSeptember 7, 2017 | The United States can do better for the millions of families struggling with the high cost of child care. Prioritizing child care puts families first and helps children succeed in school and life. It’s an investment in our education system and our future workforce and is one the country cannot afford to ignore.

This report outlines a progressive vision for child care reform that guarantees financial assistance on a sliding-scale basis for middle- and low-income families with children ages 12 or younger and children with disabilities up to age 18. CAP and Make It Work propose child care reform that meets the following benchmarks.

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Julie Kashen is the policy director at the Make It Work Campaign, an education campaign that unites people around policy issues impacting working families, including paid family and medical leave, equal pay, and child care.

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  • Part !: Military Recruiting and How To Confront It
  • Wars start in our high schools, and this is where we can help to put an end to them.
  • Part 2: Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed
  • It’s time for a national discussion on military recruitment, something not likely to happen while the media moguls continue to ignore this important story.

How to Confront the Military Recruiting Playbook

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  • Part !: Military Recruiting and How To Confront It
  • Wars start in our high schools, and this is where we can help to put an end to them.
  • Part 2: Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed
  • It’s time for a national discussion on military recruitment, something not likely to happen while the media moguls continue to ignore this important story.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part !: Military Recruiting and How To Confront It

 

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The revolution we engender must course through the schools. We can no longer afford to cede our neighborhood schools to the corporatists and the militarists. Wars start in our high schools, and this is where we can help to put an end to them.

Pat Elder <>, World Beyond War / Dandelion Salad 

June 30, 2017 | This year the Army’s goal is to recruit 80,000 active duty and reserve soldiers. The Navy is trying to sign up 42,000; the Air Force is looking for 27,000, and the Marines hope to bring on 38,000. That comes to 187,000. The Army National Guard will also attempt to lure 40,000.

These soldiers are needed to maintain the status quo for a year, aside from a last-minute increase of 6,000 additional Army soldiers added by President Obama.

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Part 2: Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed

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It’s time for a national discussion on military recruitment, something not likely to happen while the media moguls continue to ignore this important story.

Pat Elder, World Beyond War / Dandelion Salad 

July 18, 2017 | Ominous developments in three states this summer – Oregon, Texas, New Jersey, and one city – Chicago, provide a glimpse into the Pentagon’s new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to lower academic standards to make it easier to recruit youth.

New recruits have long been required to hold a high school diploma or a GED certificate. This requirement is a major impediment to finding enough soldiers to meet annual targets, but even when struggling students barely manage to graduate, the Pentagon has developed a plan to marshal more of them into the military.

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Are American Schools Creating a ‘Stupefied’ Generation?

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  • Could the lack of enthusiasm and encouragement for rigor and high achievement in today’s schools be by design? 
  • Related: From the Archives | When schools become dead zones of the imagination

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

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May 18, 2017 | In recent months, it has been reported that studying and performing Shakespeare has dramatic effects on the academic performance of young students. In fact, one school in Australia found their exam scores increased more than 40 percentage points after Shakespeare lessons were incorporated into the curriculum.

Because of these dramatic effects, I took notice of a recent article written by high school English teacher Sean Davenport. In the article, Davenport tells how he began requiring his 10th grade students to memorize and recite passages of Shakespeare. The kids balked at it, but struggled ahead.

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    From the Archives | When schools become dead zones of the imagination, Henry A. Giroux, Philosophers for Change

     

    • Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • A critical pedagogy manifesto
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    Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs

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    Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, pictured at a conservative summit in 2010, has been vehemently opposed to federal programs involving contraception. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)(CC-BY-SA)

     

    “It’s kind of like building half a skyscraper and then saying, ‘Never mind,’ ” Hettema said. “And there are thousands of health care providers in this country who are winging it in terms of how to talk to teens about unintended pregnancies.”

    Jane Kay, Reveal News / Truthdig 

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    Jul 16, 2017 | The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University.

    The decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end five-year grants awarded by the Obama administration that were designed to find scientifically valid ways to help teenagers make healthy decisions that avoid unwanted pregnancies.

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    • “This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East.
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    The Racist Origins of Private School Vouchers

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    • As people of faith and conscience, we have the duty to invest in educational equity and protect all our children’s futures. We hope this resource empowers your efforts to ensure that all Americans, regardless of race, gender, class, or ability, are able to secure a quality education.
    • Related: The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer, Odysseus, Angry Humanist

    Claire Markham, Center for American Progress

    http://images.alternet.org/images/managed/storyimages_picture8_1268251845.jpg_310x220 Summer, 2017 | Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed a school reform policy that would provide federal funding for private school voucher systems nationwide. Although proponents of the voucher system claim that it empowers parental choice, they often leave out a troubling history in which vouchers were used to perpetuate a system of racial segregation and discrimination in the South. 

     

    A new issue brief released by the Center for American Progress elaborates on the relationship between racial and economic segregation and the rise of America’s voucher system. In the years following Brown v. Board of Education, white communities used public funds—in the form of vouchers—to relocate their children to private schools. Consequently, students of color found themselves left behind in public schools that lacked proper resources and resulted in barriers to black communities’ economic and social well-being. “Policymakers must consider the origins of vouchers and their impact on segregation and support for public education,” the brief states. “No matter how well intentioned, widespread voucher programs risk exacerbating segregation in schools and leaving the most vulnerable students and the public schools they attend behind.” You may also be interested in this column illustrating six ways Secretary DeVos is enabling discrimination and undermining civil rights. 

    Claire Markham, The Faith Team, Center for American Progress

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    The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer, Odysseus, Angry Humanist

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    • So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.
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    Where Have All the Children Gone? The Age of Grief

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    • “This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East.
    • A Planet's Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children

    Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch / Portside

    July 3, 2017 | It was one of those remarks that should wake you up to the fact that the regions the United States has, since September 2001, played such a role in destabilizing are indeed in crisis, and that this process isn’t just taking place at the level of failing states and bombed-out cities, but in the most personal way imaginable. It’s devastating for countless individuals -- mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, friends, lovers -- and above all for children.

    Ward’s words caught a reality that grows harsher by the week, and not just in Syria, but in parts of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, among other places in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Death and destruction stalk whole populations in Syria and other crumbling countries and failed or failing states across the region.  In one of those statistics that should stagger the imagination, devastated Syria alone accounts for more than five million of the estimated 21 million refugees worldwide. And sadly, these numbers do not reflect an even harsher reality: you only become a “refugee” by crossing a border.  According to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in 2015 there were another 44 million people uprooted from their homes who were, in essence, exiles in their own lands.  Add those numbers together and you have one out of every 113 people on the planet -- and those figures, the worst since World War II, may only be growing.

    Karen J. Greenberg, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. Her latest book is Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, out in paperback this May. She is also author of The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days.  

    Rose Sheela and CNS interns Anastasia Bez, Rohini Kurup, and Andrew Reisman contributed research for this article.

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    Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future, Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch / Truthdig

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    • The loss of childhood, the crippling effects of trauma, the narrative of grief, and the cruel removal of any sense of hope or of a secure future have been seeping into global discourse about children for many years now. Isn’t it time to begin to see their global crisis for what it is: one of the major threats to a stable future for the planet?
    • Related: From the Archives | Chris Hedges: Pity the Children

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