Reclaim our children from the state

Candlelight vigil for families torn apart, Philadelphia

About 20 people, mainly women of color, braved the cold to join Carolyn Hill outside the Department of Human Services in lighting candles for loved ones we are separated from this holiday season due to the foster care system, prison system, immigration policies, poverty, war… Ms Hill’s nieces were taken from her care by DHS because she lacked a GED. This is her second Christmas without them, and they without her. It was announced that Kimberly Rivera has been freed from prison and reunited with her newborn and family for the holidays.

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URGENT ACTION ALERT Justice for our Children! Keep Children’s Court Open to the Public!

Vigil and Speak Out

Wednesday, Dec. 18th gather 11:30 am

Edelman Children’s Court 201 Centre Plaza Drive, Monterey Park CA 91754

There was a hard fought and successful battle to open Children’s Court BUT NOW, the California Appeals Court is about to rule THIS WEEK Dec 19th that Children’s Court must be closed.

Thursday, Dec. 19th, gather at 9:30am CA Appeals Court, Reagan State Bldg, 300 S. Spring St. on the 3rd floor. Case will be heard at 10:30.

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Candlelight Vigil for families torn apart - Philadelphia, Wednesday Dec 18

Wednesday, Dec 18  4:30-5:30pm at the Department of Human Services (DHS) 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia   (program at 5pm)

Join Carolyn Hill in lighting a candle for a loved one not home for the holidays because in foster care, group home, prison, solitary confinement, psych ward, juvenile or immigrant detention, nursing home, a juvenile lifer, poverty draft ....

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Orphaned by Poverty (part 2 of 2)

By Kanya D’Almeida

This article is the second of a two-part series on charges of racial bias in the child welfare system in Philadelphia.

(L to R) Eric Gjertsen from Payday Men’s Network, Carolyn Hill and Celyn Camen from EMWM. Credit: Kanya D’Almeida/IPS

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When Families Fear “Human Services” (part 1 of 2)

By Kanya D’Almeida

This article is part one of a two-part series on charges of racial bias in the child welfare system in Philadelphia. Part two looks at the uphill battle fought by parents or relatives seeking to regain custody of their children.

(Original article from Inter Press Service, Dec 6, 2013)

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