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2016 SC Appleseed Legislative Wrap Up

Coverage of the 2016 legislative session focused on a small number of high profile issues, but all the while here at South Carolina Appleseed we were working on several lesser known but very important bills which were enacted into law. These laws are not only great public policy; they will also help the communities we […]

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SC Education: Falling Further Behind in Math & Below Average in Reading

South Carolina’s scores on standardized mathematics tests of elementary and middle-school students over the past 10 years have declined, making the state one of the nation’s poorest performers in that regard. The National Center for Education Statistics recently released its state-by-state scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests in math and reading […]

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Working, but Uninsured. Lynn’s Story.

My name is Lynn Campbell and I am a resident of Edgefield County. I am currently uninsured and chose to share my personal story about my situation in hopes that together we can close the health insurance coverage gap in SC; not just for me, but for all of the others just like me in […]

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‘Life-Changing’ Settlement Reached to Improve Foster Care for South Carolina’s Children

(Charleston, S.C.) — South Carolina officials and attorneys for plaintiff children advocating for foster care reform agreed to a plan that will require targeted changes to a system that for years has been troubled by a drastic shortage of foster homes, excessive caseworker caseloads and a failure to provide basic health care to kids. The […]

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Lawyers 4 Vets 2-Year Report

Lawyers 4 Vets May 2014 to May 2016 A Brief History South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center in partnership with the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and with additional support and coordination by Nelson Mullins Law firm created the Lawyers 4 Vets pro bono legal clinic. The clinic was specifically created to address the unmet […]

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Understanding SNAP Eligibility Changes for ABAWDs

The decision by South Carolina to not renew a statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly food stamps) time limit waiver, will affect the eligibility of thousands of Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). This webinar is intended to discuss the time limits, possible exemptions and what service providers can do to help affected members […]

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Information about ICE Raids impacting Central Americans with deportation orders/Información sobre las redadas de ICE que impactan a Centroamericanos que tienen órdenes de deportación

  With the recent news of the Obama administration’s plan to conduct more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations in the near future, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center wants to remind immigrants and their allies of the following points: One is only at risk of being picked up by ICE if they either a) […]

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People with Felony Records Can Vote in South Carolina! Here’s How:

It’s no secret that a criminal record has a major impact in many areas of life: the ability to find a good job and being able to support yourself and your family, the ability to find safe and affordable housing, and the reality of facing the lifelong stigma of having a criminal record. Since we […]

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Update on the lawsuit over DAPA and expanded DACA

In November 2014 the President announced two programs to help immigrants.  One was Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the other an expanded version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Both programs would help long term immigrants living in the US, who do not have criminal records and […]

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DACA+, DAPA, y la corte suprema

El 20 de noviembre del año 2014 fue una fecha que llenó de esperanza la comunidad latina en los estados unidos. En este día, el presidente Barack Obama anunció una serie de programas que beneficiaría unos inmigrantes que viven en el país sin papeles. Estos inmigrantes tienen que cumplir ciertos requisitos para calificar para los […]

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