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Using Our Dollars as Voting Ballots


While the country ramps up for another festive holiday season, people who work in retail jobs across the nation tend to cringe at the approaching days. The holidays can be a mixed bag for retail workers. For those who are allowed to make commission, the holiday season presents one of the few windows for a Read More >>

Working Families’ Lives Matter


For the past several weeks, cities across the country have seen a multitude of protests and acts of civil disobedience following announcements that police officers would not be indicted in the murders of two unarmed Black men, Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in New York City.  Thousands of protesters have hit Read More >>

Solidarity in Memphis against police brutality


By: Wendi C. Thomas Wendi C. Thomas is an award-winning Memphis-based journalist, a visiting scholar at the University of Memphis, the founder of the grassroots racial justice organization Common Ground and a Writing Fellow at CCC. Of the dozens of people lying flat on the ground outside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on Read More >>

A Mother’s Love, An Activist’s Mind


Below is a post from Tammy Thomas Miles, Field Organizer with CCC – Each year at Thanksgiving I often take the time to reflect on all the things which I am thankful.   This year, as I prepared to offer my own reflections to my family, I was reminded that just 10 weeks earlier I was Read More >>

Ban the Box


This post was originally published on Creative Loafing Atlanta. Asking former prisons about past conviction history on job applications is a barrier to re-entry Every week, men and women who have served time in prison and paid their debt to society apply for jobs. Many of them, regardless of the need for their skills, are Read More >>

Progress in the Fight for the Right to Call Home


Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission took a major step towards honoring human empathy by issuing a statement to reduce the cost of phone calls made from prisons, jails and other detention facilities. This is a huge win for prisoners’ family members that often bear the brunt of these costs. Historically, prison phone companies like Securus, Read More >>