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Injustice and Hope 51 Years Later


“How does it feel reading ‘Letter from Birmingham City Jail’ as a Birmingham native?” Sitting at a dinner table in Aspen, Colorado this question seemed absurd. Even though I grew up near Birmingham, hearing stories of Birmingham, I never knew that Birmingham. I felt just as removed from the history of that letter as the…

Taking a two-generation approach to helping families impacted by the justice system


   The Vera Institute of Justice works to make justice systems fairer and more effective through research and innovation. It uses its unique approach to work with government officials on a range of criminal and social justice topics.    This blog post was orignially posted on the Vera Institute blog page, October 23, 2014: http://www.vera.org/blog/  Earlier this…

Top Ten Policies to Lift Children and Parents out of Poverty


The past few years have been marked by polarization in America — red states, blue states, stalemates in Congress, intense debates on social programs. So when a policy approach comes along with broad and strong support from Americans across race, gender, geography, and political parties, it is time to take notice and act. Breaking the…

Five Things You Need to Know about the Affordable Care Act and Family Health and Economic Stability


A quick primer on the new report released by the Aspen Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy, The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches to Health The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion represent a significant opportunity to produce better health and economic stability for children and parents together. This publication…

Who’s Missing From This Picture? Single Parent Students


As higher education advocates (and morning show devotees), it was reassuring to watch news anchors embrace the “Back to College” cycle in recent weeks, discussing various issues of concern: the myriad of potentially distracting course offerings and extracurricular activities, the question of what a degree will be worth, and the cost of college. The estimated…

Mississippi Rising: Building Two-Generation Solutions


In the summer of 1967, Senator Robert Kennedy embarked on a historic trip to the Mississippi Delta to see whether the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was making a difference in the lives of poor Americans. At the time of Kennedy’s visit, Mississippi had one of the highest poverty rates in the country. Despite the…