U.S. states should improve access to identification cards for homeless youth, particularly those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), argues a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive national think tank.
Homeless youth, who are disproportionately LGBT, can face roadblocks to obtaining state-issued identification, which is necessary to access various programs and services, including those that could help them gain housing and employment, the report says.
CAP's research showed that many states fall short in terms of ID card accessibility for homeless youth.
The U.S. Supreme Court's new term starts Monday, and it could take up cases involving abortion, union fees, birth control coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act, affirmative action in higher education and state voting districts.
Education activists celebrated the 34-day Dyett hunger strike during a rally at the Thompson Center Tuesday evening and vowed to press candidates on the issue of an elected Chicago school board during the 2016 state legislative elections.
The rally, attended by approximately 150 people, comes over a week after about a dozen Chicago parents and education advocates ended their hunger strike to keep Bronzeville's Dyett High School open. Dyett closed in June after being slated for phaseout in 2012.
"I'm really proud of the Dyett hunger strikers. They stood up for what they believed in," Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza told Progress Illinois at the rally. "They won. They kept their school open."
Still, Sadlowski Garza said it was unfortunate that parents had to put their health and lives at risk to improve education in their community.
"No one should have to starve or fight for a fully-funded education, not in the world we live in now," she said. "Kids, regardless where you live or the color of your skin, everyone should get an equal education."
Leaders from over two dozen Chicago-area social service groups say critical programs for Illinois children and families are being dismantled during the state budget impasse, and it is time for lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner to end the nearly three-month-old stalemate before more harm is done.
"We are all standing together to send Springfield a clear and unified message: Illinois' most vulnerable citizens can no longer be held hostage," Scott Humphrey, CEO of the multi-state child and family social service provider One United Hope, said at a Thursday morning press conference on Chicago's North Side.
"We are here as caregivers, and will not take sides in a political fight. People are suffering. We need Gov. Rauner, Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton to come together on a legally binding budget," he added.