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.
On June 28th, 2019, the Appleseed Foundation, and multiple Appleseed centers (Connecticut Appleseed, Kansas 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 regulations. Below is the text of Appleseed’s formal comments.
A conversation with Sally Yates, Esq of King & Spalding, Former Deputy Attorney General conducted by Steve Bunnell, Esq of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Former General Counsel of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Please join us as we celebrate the vision of our founders and 25 years of social justice successes.
Located four floors above Mi Vida at the heart of the Wharf, La Vie offers a seafood-centric Mediterranean menu, floor-to-ceiling windows, a canopy of chandeliers, and a 1,100-square-foot terrace overlooking the Washington Channel.
Join us in this beautiful space to celebrate the vision of our founders and for a conversation with Sally Yates, Esq of King & Spalding, Former Deputy Attorney General conducted by Steve Bunnell, Esq of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Former General Counsel of the US Department of Homeland Security.
On Wednesday, April 10, Appleseed hosted its third "Seeds of Learning" event at the Festival Center in DC. We were excited to welcome Kriston McIntosh and Jay Shambaugh from the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project, as well as moderator Rebecca Gould from Nebraska Appleseed, to discuss using evidence-based policy proposals and analysis to promote broad economic growth.
Appleseed Centers all over the US and Mexico are working hard – and receiving excellent press coverage for their work.
Last month, we featured the work of Missouri Appleseed and this month we are proud to share that Massachusetts Appleseed's own Deborah Silva was quoted in the most recent issue of the ABA Journal. Silva was interviewed for an article discussing court bans on electronic devices: “‘It's a real barrier to access to justice. The burden of this policy really falls to those who can't afford to hire an attorney.’"