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Let’s Celebrate! #CLOSEthecreek First Anniversary Playlist, Movement Music, Volume 1

By The #CLOSEthecreek Team

April 23, 2019

From Monday April 22 through Friday April 26, the #CLOSEthecreek campaign is celebrating and bringing community together!

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I Know Rikers

By Darren Mack

April 11, 2019

I have been with the campaign to #CLOSErikers since the beginning because I know that Rikers is a human rights crisis. I know it must be closed now.

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Until We Are All Free…

By DeAnna Hoskins

April 4, 2019

This week, after years of unwavering and uncompromising advocacy, directly impacted communities won three historic victories in New York State. 

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Demand Your Rights

By Megan French-Marcelin, #WORKINGfuture Campaign Coordinator

March 19, 2019

Over 70,000,000people in the United States have a criminal record. They face an estimated 45,000 barriers and exclusions.

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ONWARD ALERT: Trump Takes Aim at SNAP

By Megan, Hakim, Lester, and the #WORKINGfuture Team

March 12, 2019

Formerly incarcerated people are organizing to stop dangerous cuts from essential food stamps

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A Leap Forward in L.A.

By Eunisses Hernandez, Los Angeles Campaign Coordinator

March 6, 2019

JusticeLA secured a vote to replace a men's jail with mental health facilities and stop plans for the construction of a women's jail in the city.

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A New Normal in Philadelphia: A Dispatch from the Field

By Reuben Jones

July 11, 2018

Reuben Jones charts the enormous progress of the #CLOSEthecreek campaign.

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#CLOSEmsdf: A Dispatch from the Field

By Sharyl McFarland, JLUSA Milwaukee Community Organizer

June 26, 2018

The #CLOSEmsdf Campaign is going strong, and we’ve only just begun.

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Vidal’s Corner Episode 1: Ending the Gang Database in New York City

By Vidal Guzman

May 24, 2018

Vidal Guzman breaks down why the NYPD gang database must end

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The Sleeping Giant

By Megan French-Marcelin

May 22, 2018

JLUSA Fair Hiring Project Coordinator Megan French-Marcelin sits down with Norris Henderson, founder and Executive director of VOTE.

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A Struggle to Survive: Motherhood Post-Incarceration

By Brenda Lawson, #WORKINGfuture Member

May 15, 2018

Like so many mothers I spent this past Sunday—Mother’s Day—with my children. But for me it’s a day that’s more about my children than it is about me.

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Bill of Rights for Criminalized Workers: The New Standard of Economic Justice

By #WORKINGfuture Campaign

May 10, 2018

Over 70 million people in the United States have a criminal record. For people living with a record...

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May Day Reading List

By JLUSA Staff

May 1, 2018

On May Day, a day about working people who we know are most powerful when they are organized, we release the first JLUSA reading list...