The Edge: August 24

Catch up and get ahead with the Edge for the week of August 24.

Congressmen call for end to family detention and private prisons

 Congressmen Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro reiterated their call to close private prisons in Texas that are  holding asylum-seeking women and children, and pledged to refuse campaign contributions from the corporations who run the prisons.

Rep. Castro to Fourm on Family Detention

Their comments came at a Forum on Family Detention co-hosted by the Interfaith Welcome Coalition, COPS/Metro Alliance, NOWCastSA and RAICES Texas.

Both men praised the IWC volunteers in the audience who have visited the women and children in detention, helped fund bonds to free them and supported them after their release.

"I applaud the courage of those who are living their faith and exercising it in responding to this situation," said Doggett. Castro said  San Antonio "has been the epicenter for advocacy - this has been the backbone of support for those women and children and the efforts to get them released from detention centers."

Watch the video and get the story here.

All students have a right to education at public schools

Undocumented Immigrants

All children are guaranteed equal access to public elementary and secondary education - and that includes undocumented immigrants.

Read more about this issue from the Intercultural Development Research Association Intercultural Development Research Association.

In English here

Or in Spanish:  La educación pública de los estudiantes indocumentados está garantizada, dice 

Help Shape theFuture of Water in San Antonio

Water City SA

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) wants residents to help shape the city’s water future by taking a quick survey and engaging in the 2015 Water Management planning process.  

Learn about and find out how you can get involved.  

UTSA students are eligible for a new community-based work-study program

UTSA Rowdy Corps

The Center for Civic Engagement at UTSA, is launching a unique community program called Rowdy Corps.

Rowdy Corps is designed to place students in local nonprofits to complete their required work-study hours. "Rowdy Corps is an initiative to align high-impact practices that enhance student learning and engagement," said Brian Halderman, director of the Center for Civic Engagement.

The Center will provide additional programming through the academic year to enhance students' understanding of San Antonio, build civic leadership skills and reflect upon their experiences

This year, there are 15 student positions available at 12 partnering agencies, including one job here at NOWCastSA, where our nonprofit mission is civic engagement.