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IDEO.org Launches Design Tool Kit

If there is one thing that inspires us even more than a smart, passionate entrepreneur, it’s a smart, passionate entrepreneur equipped with a human-centered design mindset. Here at Emerson Collective, we have seen the power that human-centered design (HCD) can have on building solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. So we could not be more excited about the launch of IDEO.org’s Design Kit, an HCD treasure trove for social enterprises and innovators looking to rethink or refine their approach to creative problem solving.

Learn more at DesignKit.org

Bold Administrative Action on Immigration Would Increase Tax Revenues

The Center for American Progress’s Marshall Fitz explains how bold administrative action on immigration would immediately increase our country’s tax revenues. While the size of the increase in tax revenues depends on the number of immigrants authorized, there could be up to a $6.08 billion gain in first-year payroll tax revenue if the 9.95 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the US for at least five years were granted deferred action.

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LA Times Highlights Deasy’s Bold Leadership

We want to applaud the Los Angeles Times editorial board for highlighting the bold leadership of LA Superintendent John Deasy and his tremendous efforts in turning around a district that had dismal graduation rates and whose poorest students were the lowest priority.

While the United Teachers of Los Angeles are longing for the good-old days before Deasy’s tenure, the editorial board reminded readers last week that those days were far from good for students, especially those in poor neighborhoods. “The worst teachers were routinely shuffled off to the poorest schools”, “schools actively discouraged black and Latino students from taking the full series of college-prep courses,” districts “didn’t keep track of its dropout rate,” and “high school students in LA Unified’s lowest-income communities were routinely taught math by teachers who not only weren’t math specialists, but weren’t credentialed teachers.”

The editorial highlights that under Deasy’s leadership, “test scores have been trending up over the last 10 years”, “dropout rates have fallen,” and “more students of color are taking college-prep courses.”

Read the editorial in the LA Times

EC Takes on SNAP Challenge

Over the last couple of weeks, five members of the Emerson Collective team took part in the 7-Day SNAP Challenge, an annual event to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in America. For five days, each used the average SNAP recipient’s budget of $30/week (or $4.20/day) for all of our food and drink. EC’s Anne Marie Burgoyne and Karen Warner chronicled their experience, and reflected on the difficulties of the challenge.

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Q & A with Marshall Tuck, Candidate for CA State Superintendent

This Fall, Californians have a choice between two very different candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The incumbent Tom Torlakson represents the status quo while Marshall Tuck has a bold plan to help both teachers and students in California. We’re excited about Marshall Tuck’s candidacy and recently had a chance to ask him about his platform, the Vergara decision, and Common Core.

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Medic Mobile Launches New Digital Platform

We’re excited to announce that Medic Mobile, which brings mobile technology to health workers in disconnected communities across the globe, has launched a new platform that will allow the hardest-to-reach NGOs, clinics, and health workers access to tools that improve access and quality care. The platform is designed specifically for last mile clinics and health workers and is free and easier to use than ever. We’re excited that this new tool will let Medic Mobile scale beyond the network they already serve.

Learn more at Medic Mobile

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RISE Colorado on the Power of Parents

“I truly believe our families are the sleeping giants- once we tap in our families and all the strength our communities have, education will never be the same,” says RISE Colorado Co-Founder and Co-CEO Veronica Palmer in this powerful video produced by Teach for All that spotlights the power of parents on not only their child’s education, but on schools and systems.

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More Pro Bono Lawyers Needed for Immigrant Children

AP reports that most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived in the United States in the last year still do not have legal representation.  “With the number of unaccompanied immigrant children more than doubling this past fiscal year, the need for attorneys has surged, and it has been exacerbated by the immigration courts’ decision to fast-track children’s cases, holding initial hearings within a few weeks instead of months.”

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Our Next Generation of Civil Rights Leaders

As the country struggles with the tragic shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO, Ozy Co-Founder Carlos Watson talks with CNN Live about our country’s next generation of civil right leaders. The list, which includes California AG Kamala Harris and education leader Geoffrey Canada, are national and local individuals who are already making a great impact in the areas of justice and equal opportunity.

Learn more at OZY

US Jesuit Conference calls on WH to End Unsafe Deportation Practices

In a recent The Hill op-ed, Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ, president of the US Jesuit Conference called on the White House to halt dangerous deportation practices. His recommendations include ending all night-time deportations, ending family separation during deportations, and returning identity documents, cell phones and money to deportees.

Read the op-ed at The Hill

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