Author: Joyce W.

Immigration: What You Need to Know in March

Ever since the 2016 Presidential Election, immigration has been at the forefront of our national dialog. Unfortunately, this conversation has focused on a wave of vilification not seen since World War 2. Muslims, Latinx and any other group easy to categorize as “other” have been unfairly targeted with policy, derogatory language and hate crimes running rampant across the country. To better understand the issues at hand and identify ways we can all help, Stronger NC is focusing on Immigration for the month of March. From looking at the history of immigration in the United States (after all we ARE...

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How Can You Use Your Privilege?

As we wrap up our monthly focus on Intersectionality, this post caught our eye as a perfect example of what we’ve been talking about this month.   Black kids that have suffered from gun violence have been given a very different response than this group of privileged, mostly white, kids in Parkland.   Why is that and how do we change it? Recognizing this, understanding it, and taking steps to ensure all voices are heard is critical.   In this video clip, Trevor Noah points out part of the answer:  The Parkland Survivors Want to See the Manager Trevor...

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New Toolkit: Intersectionality

The concept of intersectionality has been around for three decades, but many people haven’t heard of it, or if they have, aren’t familiar with the meaning. Intersectionality is a complex term that describes the interconnected nature of social categories such as race, class, gender, and more – and how they create overlapping and interdependent systems of advantage or oppression/discrimination. It explains why, for example, black women may face challenges that neither white women nor black men face – because the sum of their intersecting social categorizations can create a more extreme level of discrimination than other women or other...

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February Focus: Intersectionality

Every month we tackle an issue in our Toolkits and “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” show. It’s our way of exploring an issue beyond the headlines, memes and soundbites, a chance to really talk about an issue. In February, we’ve made our job even harder by choosing “Intersectionality”, which isn’t AN issue, but the intersection of many, many issues, perspectives and people. It’s a hard topic and we know it won’t be perfect or make everyone happy. We know there will be a wide variety of responses to posts and discussions based on where each of us is...

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Housing Affordability

This month Stronger NC is focusing on Housing Affordability. This is not just a poor person’s problem, nor the working poor, but an issue that affects the working middle class. Average rent for a two bedroom apartment in Raleigh is $1200 per month. Someone earning $45,000 per year is at risk of struggling to afford that type of apartment. One extreme of housing affordability is homelessness and Stronger NC explored that issue with MaRanda Kiser from Love Wins Community Engagement Center during this month’s installment of “This Is What Democracy Looks Like”. Love Wins helps fill the need during the day when...

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