GLSEN Tennessee‘s SHINE team and the Oasis Center’s Students of Stonewall team invite you to LGBTQ Youth Summit, Saturday April 20th with the theme 50 Years From Stonewall: Honoring Our Roots.The conference is open to middle and high school-aged youth. Attendees will have opportunities to learn about incredible LGBTQ history, present-day realities, and connect with resources.
Immigration courts have always been susceptible to politics; presidents have, for example, rearranged dockets to suit their political needs. But the NAIJ and others are concerned that the Trump administration has moved from reprioritizing cases to deliberately trying to affect case outcomes. Changes that have caused concern include unilateral changes to case law, like the one Sessions made in Castro-Tum; pressure on judges to rule faster; and even allegations that the DOJ is considering political affiliation in hiring new immigration judges.
Millions of people are living in fear of deportation after President Trump terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). While the courts blocked some of these program terminations, recipients have had their immigration status in limbo since the announcements because these programs protected immigrants and their children from deportation.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is proposing new restrictions and penalties for voter registration drives in Tennessee.
Secretary Hargett’s proposal would create restrictive regulations and the country’s most aggressive penalties* for voter registration drives that don’t precisely follow their new regulations — up to a $10,000 fine and a criminal misdemeanor.
In a recent letter to Congress, former DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen urged more funding for ICE, more “capacity” to detain families and children indefinitely, and the right to waive asylum seekers’ due process rights. There is no legitimate reason to put people in prison for exercising their legal right to asylum.
Last week, the Washington Department of Corrections banned nonprofits from sending free, used books to prisoners to prisons. Prisoners have received books since 1973. Your voice matters.
Sign: Books to Prisoners’ petition which they’ll present to the DOC.
In a tragic reversal of a historic step forward for the United States, the Trump administration has instructed the Armed Serves to begin discharging transgender service members effective April 12.
The instructions state that any of the thousands of current transgender service members who come out, or is found out, after April 12 and is not willing to renounce and suppress their identity will be subject to discharge.
According to talkpoverty.org, two thirds of disability claims are initially denied — and almost half of those people are later deemed eligible on appeal. A selfie in a cute bikini on a beach in Hawaii to Instagram or sharing protest pics on Twitter shouldn’t be grounds for being denied disability benefits, but if an expansion of social media surveillance at the Social Security Administration goes through, that’s exactly what could happen.
State and federal policymakers are considering, or have already imposed, work requirements that would take away SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits or Medicaid coverage from people who are not working or engaged in work-related activities for a required number of hours each month. A large share of the people who would face work requirements are employed, but they also experience high levels of job displacement and unemployment, and their wages have grown little, as our analysis of the low-wage labor market shows.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is proposing new restrictive regulations and the nations’s most aggressive penalties* for voter registration drives that don’t precisely follow their new regulations — up to a $10,000 fine and a criminal misdemeanor.
This kind of law would have a chilling effect on any group trying to engage Tennesseans to vote at a time when Tennessee has been in the bottom five states for voter participation in the last three presidential elections.
Voting is foundational to a healthy democracy.
We cannot assume 2020 elections will be fair. Take action to shore up election vulnerabilities in time for the next presidential election.
▢ Action 1: Empower future voters. [h/t Spread the Vote]