Topic: US Domestic Issues

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    As Baltimore faces the first police trial relating to the death of Freddie Gray, R&E visits a church in the city’s Cherry Hill neighborhood whose ministry and outreach include a boxing gym. Says head coach Mike Mosley, “In life there’s so much temptation, there’s so much bad out there that it’s hard to know you’re doing the right thing. I know 100 percent of the time when I’m in the gym is the right thing, and there’s a freedom in that.” More

    November 25, 2015 | Comments

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    “Carbon-based energy development is the best friend for poor people and would give them the best chance at life.” More

    November 25, 2015 | Comments

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    “Our ministry is different because we focus on development as opposed to just relief. We want to end poverty more than just relieve people from the pain of poverty. We want to change communities,” says Katie Delp, executive director of FCS (Focused Communities Strategies) Urban Ministries. More

    November 25, 2015 | Comments

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    “If we can change the kids, we can have a better world. But it starts with the parents,” says Rev. Troy Lawrence Sr. of Reaping the Harvest, a Full Gospel Baptist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. He spoke with R&E about gun violence at a peace festival last summer. “Let it be about the kids. If we can save the kids, we can save this next generation.” More

    November 23, 2015 | Comments

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    “We know that faith-rooted justice is what builds bridges. Faith-rooted justice takes care of all of our earth, takes care of our people, takes care of our politics,” says Sister Simone Campbell, director of a national Catholic social justice lobby. More

    November 13, 2015 | Comments

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    “We have to make sure that our men and women who are coming out of prison have welcoming and affirming communities to come to, where they can be judged by the content of their character and not one mistake that they made in their past,” says Bishop Darren Ferguson, a former inmate and now pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Far Rockaway, New York. More

    November 6, 2015 | Comments

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    “We’re not just getting [students] ready to graduate from the high school, we’re getting them ready to graduate from the university, and that begins as early as preschool,” says Deborah Gonzalez, chief academic officer at Arizona State University’s prep school. More

    October 23, 2015 | Comments

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    “We are trying to convey to the folks that the right to vote is a civic sacrament, and the voting booth is in fact the altar of our democracy. And for us to allow voter disenfranchisement and suppression to go on is a desecration of both,” says NAACP president Cornell Brooks, who led the America’s Journey for Justice march to Washington, D.C. More

    September 18, 2015 | Comments

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    Twenty-five Indian tribes want the federal government to protect nearly two million acres of land sacred to Native Americans. But the proposal has created tension with local residents who want access to the land for recreation and development. More

    September 11, 2015 | Comments

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    “They have created an environment that doesn’t look out for the welfare of the people, but looks out for the welfare of the company,” says retired Army General Russel Honore, who is mobilizing an alliance of civic, community, and environmental groups in Louisiana called The Green Army. More

    August 28, 2015 | Comments

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