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Important Information About SNAP (Food Stamps) During the Government Shut Down

January 16, 2019

(Español abajo) February SNAP benefits will be received early—on January 17th—because of the federal government shutdown. Yesterday afternoon the SC Department of Social Services released important information related to SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) for February that will affect about 231,000 households in our state. This information is urgent for SNAP beneficiaries in our state.…

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South Carolina is Threatening the Healthcare of Thousands–Based on Lies

January 14, 2019

In December, while most of us were preparing for holidays and the New Year, South Carolina’s Medicaid agency proposed new work-related reporting rules. These new rules would apply to only to parents and caretaker relatives with incomes below 67 percent of the poverty line who are insured through Medicaid. To remain on Medicaid, these parents…

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Join us to take a stand against harmful Medicaid work requirements in SC

January 7, 2019

Proposed Medicaid work requirements would cause real harm for vulnerable, low-income South Carolina parents. South Carolina’s Medicaid agency is pursuing a rule change, creating work requirements for those on Medicaid. The rule would force low-income South Carolina parents with Medicaid coverage to prove they have a job or risk losing their health benefits. These work…

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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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