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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

Fight for Equality

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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.

http://worldbeyondwar.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/pat-elder.jpg Pat Elder is the author of Military Recruiting in the United States, and the Director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, an organization that works to counter the alarming militarization of America’s high schools. Elder was a co-founder of the DC Antiwar Network and a long-time member of the Steering Committee of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth.

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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
    • Related: Today’s Students and Professors ‘Know Hardly Anything about Anything at All’
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