This week, thousands of Virginians with past felony convictions had their right to vote restored. After months of political and legal wrangling, the governor of the state of Virginia announced he had signed individual orders allowing 13,000 ex-felons to re-register after his executive order was blocked by the state Supreme Court. Link
Advocates in Texas are not taking the "show me your papers" law lying down. They've started a "Summer of Resistance" to fight #SB4 tooth and nail. Link
They successfully defeated NINE anti-immigrant bills. “In a moment where hatred and discrimination is being normalized, our immigrant, Muslim and communities of colors stood together fighting back nine bills seeking to criminalize our families and legalize racial profiling in Florida." Link
California's primary next month is drawing national attention, as presidential candidates vow to address poverty. But real change is already happening at the grassroots level, as families and community organizations pursue solutions. In February, Marguerite Casey Foundation brought California advocates together so they could focus on lifting more people out of poverty. This is what is happening at the state level: Link
What issues should the next President focus on during their first 100 days of presidency?
Trump ran for president as an economic populist, wooing voters in the poorest parts of the United States. But as brilliant writer Sasha Abramsky notes, many argue his first 100 days are morphing into a presidency that "redistributes opportunity away from those near the bottom of the economic, educational and social ladder." An eye-opening read. Link