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Department of Education released funding for students experiencing homelessness

The US Department of Education has released $600 million in funding under the American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) program to support students who are experiencing homelessness. The approval will give states and school districts access to this funding for the 2021-2022 school year.  “Even before the coronavirus pandemic highlighted and exacerbated inequities in America’s education system, …


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ICE emails show activist asking for stay of deportation

Fox News reports that internal emails from top levels of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) show that the acting head of the agency granted a temporary stay of deportation this year for an undocumented immigrant. An ICE abolitionist activist had requested the immigration to halt the deportation of the immigrant.  The activist is Tania Mattos, a policy director at Freedom for …


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Eight-year old boy charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

In Punjab, Pakistan, an eight-year old Hindu boy is being held in police custody. The boy is the youngest person to be charged with blasphemy in the country.   Many of the Hindu community of Rahim Yar Khan, where the boy and his family reside, have fled their homes after a Muslim crowd attacked a Hindu temple after the boy …