October 21, 2019. KCUR.
Maria Galvan used to make about $25,000 a year. She didn’t qualify for welfare, but she still had trouble meeting her basic needs.
“I would just be working just to be poor and broke,” she said. “It would be so frustrating.”
When things got bad, the single mother and Topeka resident took out a payday loan. That meant borrowing a small amount of money at a high interest rate, to be paid off as soon as she got her next check.
September 26, 2019. SavannahNow.
A group of area faith leaders forming a coalition to advocate for social justice issues in the Savannah area held their third meeting on Thursday.
The Savannah Area Interfaith Justice Ministry (SAIJM), currently in the early stages of formation, met at First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. The group’s main goal is to take on social justice reform in the Savannah area.
The group is led by its two co-presidents, Da’Henri Thurmond, pastor of St. Paul CME Church, and Stephen Williams, the minister at First Presbyterian Church.
September 5, 2019. Topeka Capital-Journal.
According to Ruben West, moderator of Thursday night’s “The Turning Point” event, “you cannot wake up a person that’s pretending to be asleep.”
That tidbit of wisdom was the punchline to a personal anecdote West shared early on in the evening. It was one of several anecdotes he used to encourage Topekans to get excited about their city.
“If you can’t see all of the changes happening in Topeka right now, you’re pretending to be asleep because there is change happening,” West said to applause.
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.