The School-to-Prison Pipeline …How Did We Get in this Mess?

July 29, 2015

The school-to-prison pipeline is the result of zero-tolerance policies and practices that push children out of school and into the juvenile or criminal justice system.  Zero-tolerance policies are rooted in the belief that removing students from schools when they when they misbehave makes schools safer. These policies forget we are talking about children and fail…

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Your Support Made a Difference in 2014 – Thank you!

July 22, 2015

Last year was our 35th birthday and we wanted to thank you and share with you some of the accomplishments you made possible! In 2014, SC Appleseed: Worked to expand access to affordable healthcare: 5,332 people visited SignUpSC for reliable information about the Affordable Care Act and 260 people were educated through community presentations Protected…

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The Real Deal about Immigrants in South Carolina

July 16, 2015

People have lots of misconceptions about immigrants in South Carolina. We wanted to give you the real facts about immigrants and immigration in America today. Most immigrants to American come here legally. According to the Department of Homeland Security, about 75% of today’s immigrants have legal permanent visas. That leaves just 25% that are undocumented…

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Historical Day for South Carolina – Removing the Confederate battle flag

July 10, 2015

These past three weeks have been difficult for our State. We lost a beloved Senator, and 8 other souls by the racist acts of a man seeking to pour salt into already deep wounds.  The killer asked for a race war, but the families and fellow parishioners of the slain and the people of 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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