The odds are stacked against too many children across America today. In Georgia, 47 percent of children live in families considered low-income. The Atlanta metropolitan area is still one of the hardest places for children to climb out of poverty: In South Fulton County, where the Future Foundation is based, one in four families live below the poverty line.
As riverkeepers, we fight to ”keep” our rivers clean and healthy for everyone. Though you might think that rivers are all we are concerned about, we also focus heavily on safeguarding Georgia’s drinking waters: The first goal of the Waterkeeper Alliance, our international organization of riverkeepers, is protecting drinkable water.
Read more about Junior Achievement of Georgia's discovery center, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta's nonprofit legal check-in, and Theatre du Reve's art against bullying.
There is arguably no greater civil rights crisis facing America today than criminal justice. There are 2.2 million people incarcerated in America, mostly for non-violent crimes. Once released, many are ineligible to return to their homes and jobs, to obtain educational loans, and to vote. They are almost exclusively poor and disproportionately of color. As a society, we simply monitor, prosecute, and punish marginalized populations far more aggressively than their more privileged counterparts. The greatest threat to equal justice—and the greatest opportunity for helping even the playing field—is the justice system’s failure to ensure poor people have lawyers who can protect their rights.
While Georgia has constantly made national headlines as a hub for child sex trafficking—our coordinated community response to protect exploited youths is on the rise. Keeping our children safe from traffickers using a victim-centered approach is the focus of many groups on the front lines, including the Georgia legislature.