Catch up and get ahead with the Edge for the week of August 24.
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.
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."
All children are guaranteed equal access to public elementary and secondary education - and that includes undocumented immigrants.
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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.
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. http://nowcastsa.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/large_story_image/images/civic-engagement-center_0.png "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.