On behalf of the Appleseed Foundation Board of Directors, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Benet Magnuson as Interim Executive Director for the Appleseed Foundation.
Benet has been a member of the Appleseed family for more than a decade. In 2009, he joined Appleseed's immigrant financial access project as its Harvard Law School Kaufman‐Skirnick Fellow, and he served as Executive Director for Kansas Appleseed from 2013 to 2019. Under his leadership, Kansas Appleseed grew from a one-person Center to a staff of twelve, tackling ambitious projects to protect children in the state’s custody, expand civic engagement, reform the state’s criminal justice systems, and repair the broken safety net.
These are hard times, but we firmly believe it is also a time of hope. We take comfort knowing you – and the tens of thousands of supporters throughout the Appleseed Network – share our commitment to confront the deep-rooted injustices that are weighing down our society. And we find inspiration in the profound work of the 16 Appleseed Centers, whose community-driven, systemic advocacy is building a more just world for us all.
Thank you again for all the support you have shown Appleseed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Benet at bmagnuson@AppleseedNetwork.org to share your advice for Appleseed, or just to say hello. We know he is eager to hear from you.
Co-Chair of the Board of Directors
Co-Chair of the Board of Directors
Chair Elect of the Board of Directors
The Appleseed Network celebrates the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on Thursday morning, June 18th, in favor of blocking the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Court found that the Trump administration’s September 2017 move to terminate the program was “arbitrary and capricious,” and that the impact of the program’s termination on DACA recipients – at least 650,000 young immigrants brought to the US as children – was not properly taken into account.
Appleseed Network Response to the Murder of George Floyd and the Ongoing Fight Against Systemic Racial Injustice
America is hurting. The unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others have sparked a national movement to hold our leaders accountable for the insidious racial inequality that penetrates both consciously and unconsciously throughout American society. People across the nation are fighting to overcome generations of pain caused by white supremacy, racial injustice, police brutality, and a broken criminal justice system that penalizes Black citizens at disproportionate rates. This is increasingly obvious as we are suffering through a global pandemic that is impacting communities of color at far higher rates than white communities due to the inequities these communities are forced to endure. We continue to see the over-policing of Black communities and the unjust use of force against Black citizens. Segregated schools and segregated educational opportunities reproduce inequality and racial disparities. These societal issues entrench racial injustice in our schools, neighborhoods, and jobs, which ultimately lead to the violence perpetrated against innocent people such as George Floyd.
June 29, 2018
Over the weekend, President Trump proposed depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights. In this message via Twitter, the President announced his intention to implement “zero tolerance” when it comes to immigrants crossing the border, and demanded that they be sent back immediately “with no Judges or Court Cases.”