During Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) in October, advocates raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by the criminal justice system. This year, the YJAM challenge is to A.C.T. (Awaken, Confront, Transform) to end racism.
Mental health is a huge part of individual wellbeing. Systemic barriers like racism and stigma have blocked many people with low incomes and people of color from high-quality mental health care. Unaddressed mental health challenges undermine their ability to learn, work, and thrive. That’s why CLASP’s work in this area has dramatically deepened.
2019 marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to what would become the United States. 2019 is also a year where our national conversation has struggled to reconcile the caging of young people in inhumane conditions and the separation of children from their parents on the Southwest border with our national narrative as a “nation of immigrants.” What does this historical inflection point and national crisis have to do with young minds?
When President Trump suggests that I, among 3 million other SNAP recipients, am fraudulently accessing benefits without need, I am compelled to push back. We are the real people who would be harmed by the administration’s “broad-based categorical eligibility” proposal ... I share my story because nobody else can tell it for me.
The Trump Administration recently proposed stripping SNAP benefits from 3.1 million individuals. This would further exacerbate the country’s racial wealth gap and seriously harm people of color—continuing a ruthless tradition of preventing people of color from achieving economic mobility.