After graduating from the University of Washington, I backpacked around the world and ended up teaching English in a refugee camp with 45,000 people along the Thailand-Myanmar (Burma) border. Despite losing their homes and sometimes even family members, the students wanted an education to help … Continue reading "Grassroots Funding and Ask, Listen, Act."
When I was seven years old, I spent hours hanging upside down from the large cottonwood tree in my front yard during those short summer months, imagining different worlds to go with the shapes of the clouds. During our endless Anchorage winters, I still spent … Continue reading "Turning Alternate Realities into Actual Realities for Families"
Seattle, Wash. – The Puerto Rico Community Foundation was presented with the 2016 Patiño Moore Legacy Award in Washington D.C. yesterday, in recognition of its work to unite Black and Brown communities in a shared vision of economic and social well-being. The award of $150,000 … Continue reading "2016 Patiño Moore Legacy Award Presented to Puerto Rico Community Foundation"
One out of every four women in the U.S. now has a loved one in prison. This stark finding from the University of Washington is rarely seen in media coverage of criminal justice, but it casts a spotlight on how the country’s rising rate of … Continue reading "Aftershocks of Mass Incarceration: One Quarter of Women Know Someone Inside"
Weeks before Hurricane Matthew dealt Haiti its worst tragedy since the deadly 2010 earthquake, Marleine Bastien of Haitian Women of Miami was helping to secure safe passage for Haitians seeking entry to the U.S. The thousands of people didn’t come directly from Haiti, nor were … Continue reading "Light of Hope: Supporting Haitian Immigrants After Hurricane Matthew"
Too often, the stories of families facing poverty are invisible in the mainstream media. Marguerite Casey Foundation hopes to change that, by supporting the work of journalists and journalists writing about poverty with the Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship. We are happy to announce the winners … Continue reading "2016 Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship Winners to Lift Up the Voices of Families in Poverty"
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hidden in a corner of this city, amid a gleaming office park, strip malls, vacant lots, Interstate 40, and perhaps the city’s nicest Starbucks, is a two-story school that holds one of the country’s most promising educational models for Native American students. … Continue reading "Native American Communities Are Fixing Schools"
Marguerite Casey Foundation presented 15 young community leaders with the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award, in honor of their vision, passion and dedication to improving the lives of families in their communities. Each of the honorees received an award of $5,000 in … Continue reading "Marguerite Casey Foundation Announces 2016 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty"
In 1973, when the National Gay Task Force was launched in New York City, the challenges faced by LGBTQ people were significant and relentless. The Stonewall riots – considered the first major protest in favor of equal rights for gay people – had occurred just … Continue reading "National LGBTQ Task Force: The Progressive Voice in the LGBT Movement"
We are pleased to announce that Equal Voice News received a second-place award from the Society for Features Journalism (SFJ), in the video storytelling category (Division 3) for its story “The Dignity of Living: America’s Home Care Aides.” The story featured video and photography by … Continue reading "Equal Voice News Wins Award for Video Storytelling"