Cover for The Case for Medicaid Expansion, shot by AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project staff member Beth Spence.
We believe expansion of the Medicaid program offers the best opportunity for low-income working West Virginians to qualify for affordable health care. It is our hope that this publication will help in the effort to make affordable health care a reality for all our citizens.
Rick Wilson & Beth Spence American Friends Service Committee West Virginia Economic Justice Project March 2013
The Federal Budget Crisis Is Not A Deficit Crisis.
It's A Crisis Of Priorities.
Choosing to continue enormous tax breaks for the millionaires and spending 60 percent of public discretionary dollars on the Pentagon makes no sense, as millions struggle to find work and to feed and house their families.
As we enter Hatcliffe Extension outside of Harare, Zimbabwe via a dirt road marred by deep ruts and washed out areas with more than a 12-inch drop-off, I wonder if our Toyota four wheel drive will survive with shock absorbers intact. We park and walk toward a grassy area where several men and a woman are repairing a metal wheelbarrow using the only welding machine available. Several others watch the process. Homes surround the workspace.
Jasmine Murphy, sophmore at Logan High School, speaking up for prison reform
Editor's note: Not long after Jasmine addressed the legislature, SB 379—the state's prison overcrowding bill—was passed. It gives judges the authority to grant early releases to nonviolent offenders, categorizes offenders in terms of risks vs. needs and treating them appropriately, and addresses technical parole violations that shorten time spent back in prison.
“I want to share with you a little bit about my life because I hope that maybe if I speak up, people who make the decisions that affect so many people’s lives will listen.”
Join Logan Youth at Kids and Families Day
On February 26th, youth participants of the Appalachian Center for Equality's leadership group will participate in Kids and Families Day at the State Capitol. We will have breakfast at the Governor's Mansion where House Speaker Rick Thompson will talk about his personal experience living in poverty as a child.
This video was created by the American Friends Service Eommittee, PA program's Racial Justice Through Human Rights group in 2012 together with the Youth Media Advocacy Project. The youth's deep concern for education and the deficiency of the schools led them to want to raise awareness in the community about the right to a good education.
By Ira Harritt, program coordinator in Kansas City
“This is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his last Sunday sermon, Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution
Dr. King’s question is still before us. We still have the ability to bridge this gulf, even though it has been growing larger and larger, especially in the past 30 years.
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