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Weekly COVID-19 And Policy Update, Vol. 13

June 26, 2020   State Updates Arkansas Hate Crime Bill Governor Hutchinson said he would support and sign a hate crime bill passed through the legislature, if the measure were along the lines of what he has supported in...

Juneteenth: An American Holiday

Slavery in the United States The first documented record of enslaved Africans arriving in America occurred in 1619. “Some 20 and odd Negroes” landed at Point Comfort, in the English settlement that would soon become Virginia. Their arrival was...

Weekly COVID-19 and Policy Update, Vol. 11

June 12, 2020 Policy and administrative changes continue to move quickly at the state and federal level in response to COVID-19, as well as ongoing protests related to racial inequities and police violence. Arkansas Advocates for Children Families will...

Black Lives Matter

At Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, we stand with our Black colleagues, family, friends and neighbors in their struggle for justice. We are outraged at the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, along with...

COVID-19: 3 Policy Principles to Advance Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis have disproportionately harmed communities of color and underscored existing inequities. Black Arkansans are dying of COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than White Arkansans, and members of Arkansas’s Marshallese community have...

The U.S. Census and Racial Equity

As we have entered a new decade, the U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up to conduct the 2020 Census. The census is administered every 10 years to provide an account of demographic changes, appropriate billions of dollars in federal...

Major Juvenile Justice Reform Signed into Law

Today was the bill signing ceremony for SB152 (now Act 189), landmark legislation that will begin the process of reforming the Arkansas juvenile justice system. The lead sponsors on the legislation were Senator Missy Irvin and Representative Charlene Fite....