South Carolina Needs to Shut Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline

April 14, 2014

In response to Richland School District Two parents’ concerns of exclusionary school discipline practices they see happening primarily to students of color, SC Appleseed’s education attorney, Amanda Adler, speaks up in The State Newspaper: The State | April 4, 2014: A recent news article in this paper documented the concerns of parents in a Midlands district about…

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Lawyers 4 Vets | A Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic

April 11, 2014

In partnership with the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and local attorneys, SC Appleseed is proud to launch Lawyers 4 Vets, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income Veterans in South Carolina. THE NEED: There are over 420,000 veterans living in South Carolina. 35,000 veterans live in Richland County alone. Today, nearly 30,000 veterans in South Carolina live below the…

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SC Appleseed and Partner Rights Groups Settle Immigration Law Challenge | Key Provisions Struck Down

March 5, 2014

Nearly two and half years after filing the class action lawsuit Low Country Immigration Coalition v. Haley in response to SB20/Act69  (i.e. South Carolina’s “papers please” law), an agreement was reached and adopted that provides a step forward for our state and for communities across the nation. On Monday, March 3, 2014, South Carolina Appleseed and a group of…

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2014 South Carolina Legislative Session Kicks Off

January 14, 2014

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the South Carolina  Legislature began what is sure to be an active session. The Legislature will address bills dealing with many Appleseed issues during the 156-day session, including: Health care access for all South Carolinians Reducing barriers to opportunity for all South Carolinians Ensuring all children have full access to…

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On Immigration Reform: Local Latino Teens Get a Chance to Give Their Perspective

October 9, 2013

Latino Teen 48-Hour Film Festival empowers Columbia teens to share their voice with the world. Funded by a generous grant from the National Black Programming Consortium, the The Nickelodeon Theatre and SCETV will hold a 48-hour Latino Teen Flash Festival this Friday, June 14, 2013 through Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Columbia, SC. Over the course of this weekend, the Latino youth…

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A Blueprint for Reducing the School Dropout Rates in SC

October 3, 2013

Solutions, Not Suspensions | Key to Keeping Students in School The South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center has produced a report of innovative recommendations for reducing South Carolina’s alarming student and teacher dropout rates, part of a national effort to draw attention to the problem of zero-tolerance discipline policies. The report Effective Discipline for Student Success: Reducing Student and…

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Cutting food stamps is callous, cruel

September 27, 2013

By Sue Berkowitz Special Guest Op-Ed for Statehouse Report SEPT. 27, 2013 — S.C. Appleseed issued information last week provided by Food Research Action Center detailing how one in four children and one in five adults in South Carolina are struggling with hunger.  Last week’s vote by the U.S. House to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion…

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Virtual Charter School Issues Part of School to Prison Pipeline

September 17, 2013

A recent investigation by The State newspaper demonstrates that far too often in South Carolina, struggling students are shown the door by schools, rather than receiving the help they need. In “SC online schools fear becoming “dumping ground,’” charter school leaders, students, and parents describe school districts’ suggestions that students withdraw from their home school if they are failing…

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Homelessness in Columbia | a step in the right direction, an example for others.

September 9, 2013

Over the past few weeks, South Carolina’s capital city and our community have been consumed by a particularly public debate around how we will deal with our homeless brothers and sisters. The focus of many national news outlets, people across the nation watched closely to see the example we might set. There were times during…

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Study challenges assumptions about poverty, upward mobility

August 7, 2013

JULY 26, 2013 – For Americans trying to escape poverty, location matters – just like in real estate. And if you live in the Deep South, it’s harder to escape than about anywhere else in the country, just as generations of us have known. Throughout every area of South Carolina, jumping from the bottom quintile…

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