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Weekly Wrap 9.8.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-08-2017

4. Houston Flooding Always Hits Poor, Non-White Neighborhoods Hardest

“You’re talking about a perfect storm of pollution, environmental racism, and health risks that are probably not going to be measured and assessed until decades later.”

DeVos Vows to Revamp Obama-era School Sexual Assault Policy

by the Web Editors 09-07-2017

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She said the Obama- era directives were created with good intentions, but good intentions in this case are not enough. Her vision, she said, is to return to a system that prioritizes due process rights for students that are accused in an attempt to uncover “the whole truth.”


More Than 150 Faith Leaders Call for Denouncing White Supremacy

by the Web Editors 09-05-2017

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"Our faith is rooted in the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and his teachings claim authority in life and in death.
We reject as false doctrine any other claim on our lives—whether contrived of state or reason—that violates Jesus’ ethic of the equal and inestimable dignity of all people, each created in the very image of God and as such equally created with the divine call and capacity to sustain, protect, and serve the world."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces End to DACA Program

by the Web Editors 09-05-2017

FILE PHOTO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a briefing on leaks of classified material threatening national security at the Justice Department in Washington, Aug. 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

As expected, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today the administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects from deportation about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

‘It Was By the Grace of God’: DACA Recipient Turned Missionary Shares His Story

by the Web Editors 09-05-2017

Gabe Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, is urging evangelicals to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has given about 800,000 young immigrants protection from deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to announce the end of the program with a six-month delay.

Wrap Weekly Wrap 9.1.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-01-2017

1. Here Are Ways You Can Help People Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Texas Monthly offers a comprehensive list.

Trump Expected to Rescind DACA

by the Web Editors 08-31-2017

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in Springfield, Missouri, U.S., August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump received pressure from many conservatives: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other state attorneys general threatened to sue the administration if he didn’t announce an end to the program by Sept. 5, next week. Trump has not been clear about a decision, but during his campaign promised to terminate the program along with all other immigration executive orders by President Obama

Thousands of Christians Respond to Nashville Statement with Emphatic ‘No’

by the Web Editors 08-31-2017

On Tuesday, a group of 150 Evangelical leaders representing the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a document called the “Nashville Statement,” which delineates their conservative theological position on human sexuality and gender. The statement not only condemns those who are bisexual, lesbian, gay, and transgender, but also anyone who supports them — claiming that agreeing to disagree on human sexuality is sinful in itself.

Though little in the document is new, the response from countless other Christians — ranging from evangelicals to progressives — has been swift and emphatic.

ICE Officials Leave 50 Women and Children at Bus Station in Face of Hurricane Harvey

by the Web Editors 08-28-2017

A family walks through flood waters in Houston, Texas. Image via Adrees Latif/Reuters.

The women and children, fleeing violence in Central America, were asylum seekers and had been cleared to travel to meet families throughout the United States. Many had no money, and spoke no English.

Weekly Wrap 8.25.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 08-25-2017

1. Northeast D.C. Gets a New Mural Honoring the Workers Who Built the Lincoln Memorial Statue
The mural features the African-American men who quarried the stones that built to memorial.

2. I’m a Historical Curator. Removing Confederate Statues Isn’t Erasing History.
He works to contextualize a statue of Jefferson Davis at a Southern University. Here, Ben Wright knocks down each of the arguments being made for keeping Confederate statues one by one.