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Press Release: Number of Uninsured Children in South Carolina Jumps 20 Percent

November 29, 2018

Georgetown University Report Shows Nationwide Increase for the First Time in a Decade SC Appleseed Media Contact: Sue Berkowitz | [email protected] | Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Media Contact: Cathy Hope | [email protected]   The number of uninsured children in South Carolina climbed from about 50,000 to 60,000 in the past year, reversing…

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How the New Public Charge Rule Would Create More Problems…And Solve None

November 20, 2018

Last month, the Administration made public a new proposed policy, broadly expanding the forms of public assistance counted when making a “public charge” determination for those applying for permanent residence (green card) status.  Though the proposed rule has changed from the initial leaked drafts earlier in the year, the fear the administration has stoked is…

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Introducing Clean Slate

November 15, 2018

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans has a criminal record, with even minor offenses carrying a stigma. With nearly 9 in 10 employers, 4 in 5 landlords, and 3 in 5 colleges screening criminal background checks, this can bring a life sentence of poverty. We believe that people with criminal records paid their debt to society…

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Statement: Trump again resorts to division and distraction, instead of offering unity and real solutions.

November 2, 2018

Yesterday afternoon, President Trump held a press conference to announce a major shift in US asylum policy. In practice the shift would all but ban asylum and seems to be willfully ignorant of US and international law. Additionally, he announced that the administration intends to begin holding all immigrants—including asylum-seekers and vulnerable families—indefinitely in “tent cities”…

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Statement: President Trump’s Threat to End Birthright Citizenship is Unconstitutional and Contrary to American Values

October 30, 2018

Once again, President Trump, and his supporters, including Senator Lindsey Graham are advocating for the use of unconstitutional tactics to harm immigrants, sew division, and create fear in communities across the US. In his most recent attempt, the President vowed to end constitutionally guaranteed natural birth citizenship by Executive Order, a proposal so radical that…

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New Story Maps Show the Importance of Civil Legal Assistance for South Carolinians in Areas Hit Hardest by Hurricane Florence

October 16, 2018

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Story Maps Show the Importance of Civil Legal Assistance for South Carolinians in Areas Hit Hardest by Hurricane Florence Media Contact: Sue Berkowitz | [email protected] | 803-779-1113 x 101 Columbia, SC – South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, in partnership with Nelson Mullins, LLP, and the South Carolina Bar Foundation, is working to identify…

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STATEMENT: Proposed Rule Would Increase Poverty and Endanger Immigrants and Their Children

September 24, 2018

Following a trend of spiteful anti-immigrant policies, over the weekend, the Administration published a new proposed rule that would alter decades of existing legal immigration precedent. This departure from American values will directly endanger the lives of immigrant families, including children who are United States citizens. The proposed rule forces immigrant families into an impossible…

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Hurricane Guide

September 10, 2018

South Carolina is preparing for Hurricane Florence. With the start of the hurricane season it’s important to have a plan, especially if you live in frequently-affected areas. This 2018 hurricane guide will help you prepare. It has important contacts, information about evacuations, what to do with pets, and much more. Please carefully review all information…

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PRESS RELEASE: New Survey Finds 18.3% of Households in South Carolina Unable to Afford Enough Food in 2017

August 2, 2018

Columbia, SC – Despite promises of across the board improvement and claims of booming economic growth from politicians at both the state and national level, a new report released this week by the Food Research & Action Center shows that the number of households who experienced hunger increased in 2017 in South Carolina. Following years of decline in hunger statewide,…

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