Sophie Bandarkar

Sophie Bandarkar

Sophie Bandarkar is a Next Leader at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Chika Ekemezie

Chika Ekemezie

Chika Ekemezie is a Next Leader at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Myacah Sampson

Myacah Sampson

Myacah Sampson is a Next Leader at the Institute for Policy Studies.

No Country for People with Disabilities

No Country for People with Disabilities

Trump wants to slash $610 billion from Medicaid — on top of the $800 billion the House wants to cut in repealing Obamacare. That will be devastating for people with disabilities.

The Gratifying Challenges of Mothering a Trans Child

The Gratifying Challenges of Mothering a Trans Child

Mothering a transgender child several years before there was any public understanding of what makes a baby transgender is a mountain most mothers hope they don’t have to climb. But mothers don’t have the luxury of staying confused.

Mothers at the Gate Re-Release

In honor of the mothers nation-wide struggling for justice for their incarcerated or formerly incarcerated children

Black and LGBTQ students face increased school-to-prison pipeline under Betsy DeVos

We knew that putting Betsy DeVos in charge of the Department of Education was a disaster waiting to happen and it was only a matter of time before things went from bad to worse. Last week, DeVos announced Candice Jackson as her pick to head up the Office of Civil Rights—a position for which Jackson has absolutely no […]

Betsy DeVos wants more character development in schools. That’s a big problem.

You’ve read the stories. An eighth grader was locked up for throwing skittles on a schoolbus. A 6-year-old girl was handcuffed for taking candy from a teacher’s desk. An officer slammed and dragged a high school girl, because she wouldn’t put her phone down. A Texas cop choked a 14-year-old boy over a shoving match in school. A middle school student […]

Transgender Student: I Have a ‘Right to Use the Bathroom’

Trans student Grace Dolan-Sandrino says she has a “right to use the bathroom” and a “right to [her] voice” and plans to use both of them to advance transgender equality and combat ignorance.  Watch the interview on NBC News.

Betsy DeVos Meets With Trans Students After Dismantling Their Rights

The last time Karen Dolan met with Department of Education officials several years ago, the mood was upbeat and receptive. She and her transgender daughter urged department leaders to do more to support trans students, and she said the meeting helped spur the Obama administration’s 2016 guidance that public schools must allow trans kids to […]

Transgender families press education secretary on rights

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos watched a transgender girl eat apple sauce and draw and listened to another student’s emotional story of feeling marginalized at school, as activists pressed DeVos to make good on her promise to protect all students. Parents and activists who met with DeVos on Wednesday said they thought she was moved by their stories, […]

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