Understanding SNAP Eligibility Changes for ABAWDs

May 20, 2016

The decision by South Carolina to not renew a statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly food stamps) time limit waiver, will affect the eligibility of thousands of Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). This webinar is intended to discuss the time limits, possible exemptions and what service providers can do to help affected members…

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Information about ICE Raids impacting Central Americans with deportation orders/Información sobre las redadas de ICE que impactan a Centroamericanos que tienen órdenes de deportación

May 16, 2016

  With the recent news of the Obama administration’s plan to conduct more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations in the near future, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center wants to remind immigrants and their allies of the following points: One is only at risk of being picked up by ICE if they either a)…

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People with Felony Records Can Vote in South Carolina! Here’s How:

April 27, 2016

It’s no secret that a criminal record has a major impact in many areas of life: the ability to find a good job and being able to support yourself and your family, the ability to find safe and affordable housing, and the reality of facing the lifelong stigma of having a criminal record. Since we…

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Update on the lawsuit over DAPA and expanded DACA

April 18, 2016

In November 2014 the President announced two programs to help immigrants.  One was Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the other an expanded version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Both programs would help long term immigrants living in the US, who do not have criminal records and…

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SC Education Funding – Failing the Students Who Need It Most

April 15, 2016

Read the full analysis of SC Education Funding.

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Upcoming Event: Civil Rights, It Still Matters – April 8-9 in Columbia, SC

March 7, 2016

Civil Rights: It Still Matters is a two day conference designed to educate our community about the basic right and foundation to barrier-free housing for all, creating a path to healing the history of discrimination. This conference is designed for all South Carolinians and is free to the public (small fee for attorneys seeking CLE…

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S. 255 – Mug Shot Extortion & Expungement Relief

March 3, 2016

On February 16, 2016, Governor Haley signed into law S. 255, a bill sponsored by Senator Paul Thurmond (R). The bill – sometimes  referred to as the “Mug Shot Extortion Bill” – is designed to address businesses that make money from publishing mug shots and arrest records. In addition, S. 255 makes important changes to…

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George Shuler and the Coverage Gap

February 26, 2016

George Shuler was my brother. His life is an example of what can happen to those in the coverage gap, who are ineligible for Medicaid and make too little to qualify for the tax breaks offered under the Affordable Care Act. His death was an unnecessary tragedy. He was born in 1956 in Columbia, SC, the…

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Modjeska Simkins Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice

February 18, 2016

Modjeska Monteith Simkins, born in 1899, was one of the key figures of the civil rights and social reform movement in South Carolina. In her early years she worked in the field of public health, which led her to passionately fight to improve the overall health of African Americans in South Carolina. As a founding…

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The Land of Opportunity

January 22, 2016

This is part two of a two part series entitled, “What Motivates Immigration to the United States from Mexico and Central America”. Read part one. People from around the world have immigrated to the United States. Sometimes to flee violence, to avoid persecution for how they look, their religion or to be able to provide a…

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