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April is Second Chance Month. It is awesome to be given a second chance in life. Nearly all of the 2.2 million people incarcerated in the United
States will be released at some point. People who are returning to their communities after prison or jail have complex challenges and needs that
contribute to the likelihood that they may be reincarcerated.
Since 2009, more than 800 Second Chance Act grant awards have been made to government agencies and nonprofits for reentry programming
designed to provide services that can help reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
• Mental health—In a study of jail populations, researchers found rates of serious mental
disorders that are three to six times higher than those found in the general population,
affecting approximately 15 percent of men and 31 percent of women.1
• Substance use—A survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that about
half of people in state and federal prisons had substance use disorders.2
In a separate
study of prison and jail populations, BJS found that more than 70 percent of the people
with mental illnesses also had co-occurring substance use disorders.3
• Housing and homelessness—A national survey found that 15 percent of people
incarcerated in jail had been homeless in the year before incarceration—up to 11 times
more than the estimate for the general U.S. adult population.4
Of all people entering prisons
and jails, those with mental illnesses are twice as likely to have been homeless.5
• Education and employment—Two out of five people incarcerated in prison or jail lack a
high school diploma or its equivalent.6
Employment rates and earning histories of people in
prisons and jails are often low as a result of limited education, physical and mental health
problems, or other challenges; the stigma of having a criminal record and having been out of
the workforce often exacerbate these challenges after release.7
• Children and families—Approximately 2.7 million children in the United States have a
parent who is incarcerated.8
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|Posted on March 26, 2021 at 5:40 AM||comments ()|
As we close out Women History month, it is a time of reflections. It is a time to highlight the role of women and why it is important to have women at the table. Women bring a different perspective with regards to war and peace, and so forth.
Women’s voices and experiences are necessary.
The consistent lack of female representation across government agencies, negotiating tables, and panels of experts suggests that women’s participation is still undervalued. In reality, security and female participation are intertwined. In the world’s conflict zones, for example, women experience the indirect effects of war differently than men: poverty, disease, and the breakdown of law and order disproportionately impact women.
Research shows that women have access to different information and community networks than men do, giving them a unique perspective on a society’s problems and needs. But in spite of these realities, fewer than 20% of peace agreements from the last two decades referenced women at all!
- Women’s participation results in more peaceful, just, and prosperous societies.
The active involvement of women in peace and security decisions results in less war, fairer societies, and more profitable economies. Research shows that women broaden security agendas, including prioritizing key elements like education, healthcare, and access to basic necessities that might otherwise be overlooked.
Women’s social and political participation also reduces the risk of conflict: one study found that higher female political participation can reduce the risk of war breaking out as well as government-initiated political violence. As if that wasn’t enough to get more women involved in security decision making, research shows that communities are better off financially when women have more active roles in society.
- Women have deep history and expertise in peace and security issues (and are leading the way now!).
Women’s peace activism has a long history, but one of the first international efforts took place over 100 years ago in 1915 when more than 1,200 women from around the world gathered at The Hague. The International Congress of Women gathered to talk about how they could advocate for peace and end World War I. Since then, women’s groups like Women Strike for Peace and Women’s Action for New Directions have organized and educated women from all over the world to advocate for a more just and peaceful world. Women have led the charge toward peace over the past several decades, creating cultural and policy change in multiple areas; from increasing women’s participation in peace processes to reducing the risk of nuclear war.
The evidence is abundant: empowered and engaged women are key to creating a productive and peaceful society. Reflecting on the facts makes women’s leadership and participation an obvious priority. Though we only covered five important reasons why women should be at the table where decisions are made, there are clearly many more. When it comes to peace and security, leveraging the skills and perspectives of women is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. What will you do to put women at the tables of power?
- The table should reflect the society it represents.
Decisions that determine the future course of a community, region, or country should be made by the people it will effect. Guess what? That includes women. Women make up 49.6% of the world population; they are involved at every level of society, and yet are rarely included at the tables where decisions are made. For example, women made up only 2% of mediators in peace agreements over the past 18 years. Research shows that groups that mirror the communities they represent are more productive and successful. Without the representation and active participation of women, security decisions will not be truly comprehensive and are less likely to last.
- Diversity advances change and innovation.
Women — all women, especially women from diverse and marginalized communities — bring unique perspectives to the table that help make security decisions that are more informed and nuanced. Strong national security comes from anticipating a variety of threats, and a team that is inclusive and diverse is better positioned to identify a broad range of scenarios.
Research shows that diverse organizations achieve greater innovation and group performance — in fact, diverse groups often outperform experts! Another study demonstrates that high gender and racial diversity improves decision making and fosters creativity. Diverse groups are better able to respond to challenges and change. When it comes to national security, diversity must be a priority. Shifting away from national security decision makers who are homogeneous in appearance and opinion will help develop strong, collective security policy.
|Posted on March 24, 2021 at 6:20 PM||comments ()|
In 2021, it is March 24. On average, women earn $0.82 for every dollar men earned in 2019. After accounting for hours worked, career field, education, and employment sector, the wage gap by gender shrinks to 7% according to the American Association of University Women.
We need to continue to fight for pay equality. For more information: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/equal-pay-day.html
|Posted on March 21, 2021 at 12:50 AM||comments ()|
We live in a multi racial, culture and ethnic world. We must learn to respect each other. Respect in this instance begins with knowing each other backgound and history and honoring our desire to live in peace with our neighbors.
|Posted on March 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM||comments ()|
In honor of bold WOMEN, we celebrate voices of all types. Women's History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Happy Women History Month.
|Posted on March 18, 2021 at 1:35 PM||comments ()|
We must work to dismantle structural racism and create an America where each person can pursue their dreams of life, liberty and their form of happiness.
|Posted on March 16, 2021 at 3:10 PM||comments ()|
Managing Your Money: Ways to Use Your Impact Check
Lauren Phillips April 17, 2020
- Pay off any outstanding loans. If you have any debt at all, pay it off as soon as you can. You cannot afford to be in debt if you're making minimum wage or less.
- Getting debt-free should be your top priority.
- Look into banking alternatives. Some banks charge fees if you don't have a minimum amount in your account. This can make it difficult to save money. However, there are banking alternatives that may help you get on your feet.
- Services such as American Express Bluebird are almost completely free. While Bluebird does not help you build credit, it does prevent you from paying any fees for not carrying a minimum balance.
- Start a budget. Without a budget it can be hard to keep track of your expenses. You're more likely to overspend, and less likely to set aside money for savings.
- Examine your income, your bills, and how you spend any extra money you may have. Make goals and keep track of your spending. The sooner you learn how to budget, the quicker you can reach financial independence.
- Make a list of your needs and your wants. Needs are things like food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. Wants are things like pets, entertainment, computers, and TV. Some things may be harder to give up than others, but it's important to determine what you can and can't live without.
- Don't rely on payday loans for emergency funds. Payday loans can be tempting, but they are never a good idea. Relying on payday loans will only make your financial situation worse.
- It may be difficult, and will likely take some financial creativity, but try to start an emergency fund. A good goal for a starting emergency fund is $500. That may seem like a lot of money, but start small. Try to set aside around $10 per paycheck.
- The best thing you can do to avoid turning to payday lenders is to stick to your budget. If you stick to your budget and you still come up short, don't immediately turn to lenders for help. Try to work out payment arrangements if possible. See if you can delay payment until your next paycheck arrives. However, be cautious when working out late payments. Ask about any fees for extended payments, and don't get behind. Continual late payments can hurt your credit score.
- Avoid shopping at rent-to-own stores. Rent-to-own stores are appealing on the surface. You see something you want to buy, but can't afford, and they give you a way to afford it. But, if you shop at these stores you will end up paying far more in interest than the item is worth.
- Rather than shop at a rent-to-own store, wait until you have the money for the item in question. If you find a TV for $400 and decide to lease it from a rent-to-own store, you could end up paying over $1000 in interest.
- Shop for used goods. There is no reason to buy everything new. If you have a little extra money, it can be tempting to splurge and treat yourself to something nice. However, if you do this too often, you run the risk of creating bad spending habits. If you can find it used, take that route and save yourself some money.
- Clothes, tools, books, and even fitness equipment are all easy to find used. Buying your large appliances and cars used can also help you save some money.
- Find ways to pay for health insurance. Health insurance is not always affordable, but there are ways to get coverage if you are living in poverty. Maintaining your health is important, especially if you are living in poverty. People living in poverty are more susceptible to health problems, and medical bills can be devastating.
- If you have health insurance through the federal or state government, you may be eligible for a subsidy. The requirements for eligibility are usually based on household income and family size.
- Healthcare.gov can help you determine if you qualify for a healthcare subsidy.
- If you have outstanding medical bills, try to negotiate with the hospital. Review your bills and look for any charges that don't belong. Sometimes errors will slip through the cracks and you may find yourself overcharged.
- If you can't pay any of your medical bills, and you've talked with your doctor, try looking online for support. There are plenty of crowdfunding resources available for people living in poverty.
- Save your change. Starting a change jar isn't going to make you rich overnight, but it will help you save small amounts that you can add to your savings account.
- Put your loose coins into a jar at the end of each day. When you fill the jar, roll your coins and put them into a savings account.
- Learn to barter. You can barter for goods or services. If you have a particular skill set that you feel comfortable advertising, try using it to barter for things you need.
- To start bartering, decide what good or service you need. Then, think about what goods and services you can offer. You may be able to trade an hour of housekeeping, or a small household repair, for example. Find a partner you're willing to trade with, and negotiate the terms of the agreement.
- Don't feel pressured into taking goods or services that you do not need. You can always walk away from a barter if you don't like the terms of the agreement.
- Save as much as you can. You may not have a lot of extra money if you're making minimum wage. Even with a second job, most of your money is probably going towards paying bills, or paying down your debt. Still, if you have any extra money at all, put it aside.
- Find small ways to save money by cutting back on your utilities expenses. Turn off the lights when you aren't in a room. Seal any leaks you can find in your doors and windows. Rather than turn the heat up when it gets cold at night, throw on an extra blanket. These tricks may only save a little at a time, but it could add up.
- Any extra money you get, whether it's through a tax refund or a gift, is money you should save. It will be tempting to spend it on something new, but until you're in a better financial position, avoid the temptation.
- Avoid the temptation to spend by thinking through the purchase. Is it something you can live without? Do you only want it because it's on sale? Depending on how you answer these questions, you may be considering an impulse buy. Don't give in to impulse purchases.
- Consider waiting 24 hours before making the purchase. If you wake up the next day and your first thought is about buying the item in question, wait a little longer. See how long you can go without the item.
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