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Dreamers in the lead—from South Carolina to DC

March 30, 2018

Last week, two Dreamers from DACA United SC and SC Appleseed Organizer, Ana Garcia, joined with Dreamers and advocates from across the nation in Washington DC to attend the Leaders in Action Summit, hosted by UnidosUS a national group that advocates for Latinos. The summit included policy briefings, advocacy training, and legislative visits. The timing…

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PRESS RELEASE: South Carolina Leaders Oppose Sen. Graham’s Attempt to Repeal Protections Against Abusive Payday Lenders

March 23, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, S.J. Res 56, which would repeal the payday and car title lending rule finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in October. The announcement to roll back this important consumer protection comes off the heels of the payday…

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SC Appleseed Response to Gov. McMaster’s 2018 State of the State Address

January 26, 2018

On Wednesday night, Gov. McMaster gave his first “State of the State” address. In the end, what he offered felt like little more than pandering and empty promises—albeit with a handshake and a smile. While speaking of “New Prosperity” and broad tax cuts, he conveniently omitted that the proposed cuts would largely benefit those who…

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30 Racial, Economic Justice Organizations: Congress Must Protect Dreamers

November 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2017 30 Racial, Economic Justice Organizations: Congress Must Protect Dreamers Nationwide collection of state-based legal advocacy groups stand with immigrant families and communities Chicago, IL | Columbia, SC – November 13, 2017 – 30 members of the Legal Impact Network (LIN)—a nationwide collaboration of law and policy organizations that work…

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Veterans Day Lawyers 4 Vets Recap

November 10, 2017

Every November, Americans pay tribute and offer gratitude to the Veterans who serve and protect our country in both peacetime and during war. As we approach Veterans Day, I tend to think back over the last 3 years we have operated Lawyers 4 Vets, SC Appleseed’s pro bono legal clinic that serves lower income Veterans.…

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When criminal records come back to haunt you: Expungements and third-party background reports

November 7, 2017

About one in three Americans have some sort of criminal record, ranging from simple arrests to actual convictions. As any job-seeker or apartment-hunter knows, more and more employers and landlords are using background checks. Nearly 90% of employers and 80% of landlords run some sort of background check on potential employees or tenants. If you…

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RELEASE: CFPB Rule Restores South Carolinians’ Day in Court Over Financial Misconduct

July 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 11, 2017 South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center Contact: Sue Berkowitz ([email protected]); National Consumer Law Center Contacts: Lauren Saunders ([email protected]) or Stephen Rouzer ([email protected]); 202.595.7847 CFPB Rule Restores South Carolinians’ Day in Court Over Financial Misconduct Rule Addresses Forced Arbitration of Claims Involving Credit Cards, Payday Loans, Other Financial Products (COLUMBIA)…

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Reportaje de las clínicas de poderes notariales

June 29, 2017

Desde el principio del año, había sido un temor creciendo en las comunidades inmigrantes que son en riesgo de deportación por las prioridades de la nueva administración, actividad más agresiva de ICE, y hostilidad cultural generalmente más ampliada. En respuesta, los días 8 y 22 de junio, tuvimos nuestras primeras clínicas de POA (POA es…

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SC Appleseed POA Clinic Update

June 28, 2017

Since the beginning of the year, there has been a growing fear among immigrant communities of risk of deportation due to the priorities of the new administration, more aggressive ICE activity and overall increased cultural hostility. In response, on June 8th and 22nd, we held our first POA Clinics—pro bono immigration legal clinics, to create powers of…

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How the Senate Heath Care bill will hurt South Carolina

June 23, 2017

The US Senate has finally revealed a draft of the healthcare bill they have been drafting in secret to repeal integral provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We now understand why the 13 working members responsible for the draft have been reluctant to let anyone see the proposal, as the bill will have dire…

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