August 29, 2019. Miami Herald.
Francis Tume, 26, moved to Miami from Peru with his family when he was 6. When he got a Florida driver’s license seven years ago, that was a big deal.
Tume got his license after enrolling in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program in 2012 — and the card has made things easier for him both on and off the road.
He knows that because he has seen his undocumented parents, who lack identification, struggle with routine parts of life, like filling prescriptions at the pharmacy and even picking him up at school when he was younger.
August 25, 2019. The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Despite overcast skies and rainy weather, more than a hundred community members showed up on Sunday afternoon to Betty Phillips Park in southeast Topeka to call for an end to gun violence in the capital city.
Chants of “Enough is enough” and “The violence must stop” filled the air as attendees of the Neighborhood Peace Walk made their way through Topeka’s Hi-Crest neighborhood. The peace walk was organized by community volunteers, the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice and Topeka JUMP, an organization of faith leaders who advocate for sound policy at the grassroots level. And their message was clear.
July 24, 2019. WUSF NEWS
Hillsborough County Board Commissioners held a public hearing last week about a proposed budget allocation for affordable housing.
April, the commission directed the County Attorney’s Office to draft an
ordinance for an affordable housing trust fund in an amount of $10
million a year.
There is a remainder of a $5 million budget that
will be added onto the new budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year,
according to the commissioners.
July 18, 2019. Lexington Herald Leader.
Two researchers from Kentucky have co-authored a new study that shows that school suspensions increased criminal behaviors among teens that include assault, stealing, and selling drugs.
The study, by former Elizabethtown resident Thomas James Mowen, now a researcher at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University and John J. Brent, an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University, was published July 12 in Justice Quarterly, a publication of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. It has received national media attention this week.
“The effect of school discipline aren’t as short-lived as some people think,” Brent told the Herald-Leader Wednesday. “It can create a ripple effect that impacts youth as they move into and enter adulthood.”
July 16, 2019. WATE
Several community groups have requested a public forum to discuss an agreement soon to be made between the Knox County School district and the local law enforcement agencies.
The agreement mentioned is the Memorandum of Agreement
by and between the Knox County Board of Education, Knoxville Police
Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office, which addresses the roles
and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies at the schools.
“The draft Memorandum of Agreement has been developed largely behind
closed doors and without meaningful opportunity for questions, comments
or input from the public,” according to the release sent by the