King v. Burwell: What it Means for South Carolina

June 17, 2015

In the coming weeks, the United States Supreme Court  will rule in the case of King v. Burwell, having far-reaching effects on health care in America. The issue to be decided is whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows consumers to receive tax credits to help pay for insurance in the 34 states (including South…

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Higher Education in SC Should be Open to All

June 12, 2015

Earlier this week, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center (SC Appleseed) and The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and filed a federal lawsuit to protect the rights of US born college students of immigrant parents. Currently, the South Carolina’s higher education system classifies dependent US citizen students residing in South Carolina as “non-residents” for tuition, scholarship,…

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Welcome Alycia Guevara!

June 1, 2015

Alycia Guevara starts her first day at SC Appleseed today and we are so excited that she is joining the team as the community organizer for the immigrant community. Alycia’s passion for this work was instilled in her at a young age by her father. As the daughter of a Salvadoran immigrant, she was able…

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What is Community Eligibility? It's about feeding hungry kids.

May 26, 2015

Every once in a while a program is available that makes us very excited here at SC Appleseed because it gets to one of the core issues, like hunger, that we are attempting to address – the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is one of those programs.  Schools in high‐poverty neighborhoods are able to offer both…

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The Abbeville Districts: Who’s Going to be Let Go?

May 20, 2015

After 21 years in the courts, our school finance lawsuit has finally ended. Late last year, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in a 3–2 decision that the state is inadequately funding the poorest districts and failing to meet the constitutional standard of a minimally adequate education. The state’s defense attempted one last-ditch effort to…

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A Selma Reflection

May 7, 2015

This week we welcome guest blogger Christina Spach, who recently attended the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma.  The post below is her reflections of the day and what it represents.  Selma was alive with events and speakers tucked into all corners of the town when we arrived on March 8, 2015—the 50th Anniversary of…

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Lawyers 4 Vets Celebrates 1 Year!

April 30, 2015

Over here at SC Appleseed we are celebrating the end of the first year of Lawyers 4 Vets (L4V) Pro Bono Legal Clinic. So much has happened and we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the difference Lawyers 4 Vets has made in just one year! As of April 28 2015, we have had…

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Meet Randy, one of SC Appleseed's Interns Extraordinaire

April 27, 2015

Randy Moore joined SC Appleseed in August of 2014 as an MSW intern with a concentration on organizations and communities.   During his time here, Randy has assisted in a wide array of reform efforts on such issues as healthcare, child welfare, public benefits, immigration, and homelessness to name a few. His previous public policy and…

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Is there a School to Prison pipeline in your county?

April 21, 2015

A few weeks ago we told you about our recent win in Jasper County.  This week, we wanted to tell you more about the kids who were denied their right to an education and the School-to-Prison pipeline that is permanently altering the lives of so many kids in our state. Imagine being an 18 year…

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The Waiting Room: The Difference Affordable Healthcare Makes

April 16, 2015

Another guest blog this week by Randy Moore, an Appleseed intern, who shares his personal experience with having insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, after many years without.   The Senate Finance Committee will debate the “Healthy SC” amendment this week to provide a private option plan for affordable healthcare. Healthy SC would close that healthcare…

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