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You can fight voter suppression — here’s how

With the November election less than three months away, the threat to our democracy couldn’t be higher. Trump and the Republicans are making it harder for every American to vote by denouncing mail-in voting as “fraud,” attempting to slow down the postal service and refusing to fund voting by mail during a deadly pandemic. This, of course, is in addition to the voter suppression tactics that have been targeting voters, especially voters of color, for years.

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Watch: These Tucson teens are making sure they don’t leave reproductive health education access up to chance

With reproductive rights under attack and sex ed considered taboo in their community, young people in Tucson have taken their sexual education into their own hands.

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Watch: New York City teens take charge in the fight against the school district’s segregation problem

Sixty-five years after Brown v. Board of Education, New York City’s public schools are among the most segregated in the nation.

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The voter suppression that stole Georgia's governor race in 2018

In the new short film “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote,” Brave New Films exposes rampant voter suppression that affected the outcome of the 2018 midterm election in Georgia and the threat it poses to our elections all across the nation in 2020. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues—all of which disproportionately prevented people of color from casting their ballots.

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Assata’s daughters: Meet the feminist black leaders fighting to change the South Side

Assata’s Daughters is a Black women-led organization formed by Black feminists and organizers in the South Side of Chicago as a reaction to the violence in their neighborhoods. Under the shared respect for and study of Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, Assata’s Daughters provides mentorship for young people to participate in a meaningful way for Black lives. Members of Assata’s Daughters learn tactics and strategies to organize and address the many social issues that impact their world, such as gentrification, displacement, and police in schools.

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Watch: Here's how much you're really paying for Trump to golf

Donald Trump has spent nearly 200 days on a golf course since he took office and all but two have been at one of his own properties. Each time Donald Trump tees off, it costs the American people millions. With all of the money wasted bankrolling Trump’s lavish golf trips, we could fund a year’s salary for 2,050 public school teachers or provide housing to 1,221 families for a year.

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Families torn apart: America's deadly immigration policy

From babies to teenagers, the Trump administration continues to rip thousands of immigrant children away from their parents at the border. Despite a court order to halt the process, this inhumane policy of family separation continues. Six immigrant children have died in U.S. detention since Trump took office. Six families will never be reunited.

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Youth in action: School told them to be quiet — but see what these students did instead

Following the Parkland school massacre, students from Montgomery Country, Maryland were angry, grieving and scared. So what did they do? They quickly formed MoCo Students For Change and mobilized an estimated 6,000 students from over 40 schools in the area to attend a student rally on Capitol Hill that they organized to fight against gun violence.

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Watch: How young leaders combat gun violence from the root causes

After the Parkland shooting that took 17 young lives last February, students in Chicago decided to step up and speak out. Through grassroots organization, the young leaders of Communities United started a movement to spotlight their daily struggles and demand investment in communities of color. These students are advocating for employment opportunities, mental health services and funding for public schools as a way to combat gun violence by tackling the root causes.

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