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“We don’t have time. The longer we wait, the more hurricane season we have to go through. We hate to let the island go, but we have to. It is like losing a family member. We know we are going to lose it. We just don’t know when.” These are the words of Albert Naquin, chief of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe. The tribe’s home, the Isle de Jean Charles, located off the coast of Louisiana, has almost entirely eroded away. The tribe was forced to relocate in 2016...

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This blog originally appeared on the WRJ blog.This piece is a part of the RAC Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) blog series. 

Every 98 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. The U.S. Department of Justice, defines sexual assault as “sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” This can include attempted rape, forced penetration (rape), unwanted sexual touching, and forcing...

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Far too often, conversations about transgender and gender non-conforming people focus squarely on prevailing discrimination and hateful speech, with not very much acknowledgment of the unwavering pride and perseverance this community so often displays. In 2009, a transgender activist named Rachel Crandall decided that was the wrong approach, and founded International Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people around the world while continuing to fight transphobia through education and activism. Since then, March 31 has been a day to...

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Health Care and Congress

Last Friday, as news quickly spread throughout Washington and around the country that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was being pulled from consideration, I stood just feet away from where Members of Congress were entering to cast their votes. For the past four months, I have worked as part of a multi-faith coalition committed to protecting the Affordable Care Act from repeal...

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Reform CA and PICO full group gathering on Prop 57

This year we will be focusing on a slate of 11 bills before the California Legislature centered around five vulnerable populations: immigrants and refugees; victims of hate and bias (including religious minorities and LGBTQ people); those in danger of losing health care and facing diminished reproductive rights; communities of color (especially in relationship to the criminal justice system); and all of us who are vulnerable around environmental justice and climate change. As Brit Olam Congregations (Covenant for the World We Want), you can work on the whole slate or focus on whichever of...

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