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The Hyde Amendment is about to turn 40, but this is not a happy birthday. Passed in 1976 as a budget rider and renewed each year since, the Hyde Amendment excludes abortion services from comprehensive federally-administered health care plans. There are currently narrow and rare exceptions that allow for abortion coverage if the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is gravely endangered. Thus, the Hyde Amendment disproportionately impacts low-income...

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Earlier in September, the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) reached a settlement with the Community Legal Aid Society and the ACLU in a lawsuit regarding solitary confinement for those with mental illness that will usher in major changes. The suit claimed that solitary confinement worsens mental health conditions and that the state had placed inmates with such...

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On Monday, the 71st United Nations General Assembly will meet in New York. Responding to the global refugee crisis will be a key item on their agenda. A day-long Summit for Refugees and Migrants will be one of three high-level meetings of the General Assembly, and will attempt a coordinated effort to address the challenges of this unprecedented refugee crisis.

The next day, President Obama will host a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, an important moment for U.S. leadership on this issue.

At the Summit, the White House, along with summit co-hosts Canada,...

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On Tuesday, the United States Census Bureau released their 2015 data, which offers encouraging signs in the battle against poverty in America. But, as much as there has been progress, the Census data also provides a sobering picture of the many challenges still facing millions of Americans.

Americans earned more in 2015, as the median household income rose 5.2 percent; this is particularly exciting news because those in the...

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The beginning of the program year is always an exciting time at the RAC, as we begin a new cycle of tikkun olam work. In many ways, the high point of our organizational Rosh Hashanah, the blowing of the shofar and our call to action, is the arrival of the new class of Eisendrath Legislative Assistants. As they begin their work on these key social justice issues, here's some more information about them and what they are working on:

From left to right:

Nathan Bennett is from Wilmette, IL, and was a member of Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim...

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