On January 21, 2020, the Appleseed Foundation, and multiple Appleseed Centers (Chicago Appleseed, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Kansas Appleseed, Louisiana Appleseed, Nebraska Appleseed, New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, and Texas Appleseed) submitted a Comment Letter to the CFPB on Remittance Transfers Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. You can read our full comment here.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 5, for a conversation on reducing the footprint of the criminal justice system while making it fairer, more equitable, and more effective. We will be joined by Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. Mr. Chung will share his thoughts on policies and legislation around comprehensive public safety strategies, sentencing and prison reform, opportunities for those who are justice-involved, and more.
The Mansion on O Street
2020 O St. NW | Washington, DC
02.05.20 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Cocktails and appetizers
RSVP by 01.31.20 at http://bit.ly/Feb2020SeedsofLearning or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Elisa Ortiz via email or at 202.347.7973.
Rupa Shenoy, a reporter for PRI's The World, recently published a story titled "Fearing detention, undocumented immigrants seek ways to appoint guardians for their children". Appleseed is humbled to have contributed to this important story about a very pressing family issue.
From the story: "Many undocumented immigrants in the US have been living with the threat of deportation for years — and those who are parents have an additional fear: What will happen to their children if they’re detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement?"
“To be honest, we did not have an answer,' said Elisa Ortiz at the Appleseed Network — a nonprofit group in Washington, DC, that works on social justice issues. They started looking into this in 2017....She said most states don’t have laws in place that allow parents to appoint guardians in the event of their detention or deportation....Activists, lawyers and immigrants across the country have been trying to find solutions."
We've been working on this issue along with our incredible pro bono partners Latham & Watkins LLP and will soon be able to share guidance with immigrant families and practitioners about standby guardianship laws in their states or U.S. territories. Please stay tuned!
Save the Date! Our next Seeds of Learning event will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6pm. Please stay tuned for more info about our speaker and location in the New Year.
As we come to a close on Appleseed’s 25th anniversary year, we look back at achievements and accomplishments from around the Network. In this issue of our newsletter, you can find updates about our 25th Anniversary celebration, our Seeds of Learning event in September 2019, a spotlight on the work of Alabama Appleseed, and much more.
We look forward to another 25 (plus) years of developing sustainable solutions to social justice issues. We rely on our supporters to be able to continue our work - we urge you to consider becoming a donor and help us achieve our goals of making society more just and equitable for all.
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On Tuesday, September 17, Appleseed hosted the fourth installment in our “Seeds of Learning” event series at Teddy & the Bully Bar in downtown DC. We were excited to welcome Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) to discuss the organization’s recent report, “The Illusion of Race-Neutral Tax Policy.” The report highlights how tax policy is both a symptom and an instrument of systemic racism.
We are proud to congratulate Carla Crowder, Executive Director of Alabama Appleseed, for her role in the recent release of Alvin Kennard from prison in Alabama where he had been serving a life sentence without parole for robbing a bakery of $50 thirty-six years ago.
Last month, Carla stood with Alvin as the judge righted this wrong and resentenced this 58-year-old man to time served. The courtroom erupted with joy from the crowd gathered to support a man who previously had been condemned to die in prison.
Please join us on September 17, 2019 for an open conversation on the impact of tax policy on the racial wealth gap with Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). ITEP's recent report, "The Illusion of Race-Neutral Tax Policy," discusses how tax codes are both a symptom of and a tool of systemic racism. It proposes that we must look at the tax code through a racial equity lens in order to dismantle the policies that give white families an economic advantage.
Here at Appleseed, we believe the first step to meaningful systemic change is to bring an array of diverse stakeholders together to discuss social justice issues and develop sustainable solutions. As a thought leader and resource distributor, we understand the importance of bringing experts together, sharing bold ideas, and taking action for change.
It was in this spirit that Appleseed recently co-hosted our first Bold Idea Symposium at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice in New York City alongside Princeton AlumniCorps. There, we discussed a variety of immigration and forced migration issues, as well as how to effectuate real change through networks and coalitions. The event was part of a broader project with Princeton AlumniCorps, funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation secured thanks to the efforts of Ralph Nader, a founder of both organizations.
To learn more about our Bold Idea Partnership with Princeton AlumniCorps and the the Bold Idea Symposium, please read our July newsletter (below). As always, thanks so much for being a supporter of Appleseed and let us know if you have any questions.