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.
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 email@example.com.
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.