For the first time since 1994 federal PELL grantswill be available to some incarcerated women and men enrolling in college and vocational classes while in prison. Studies show a 43 percent drop in recidivism among prisoners who have access to post-secondary education while incarcerated.
Resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline has captured the support of those fighting for clean water, Indigenous rights and against catastrophic climate change. It has also increased the pushback from law enforcement, and the campaign is now in dire need of pro bono legal assistance.
It is only the urgency of youth that can set the pace and the tone of what is to come. Still, in the grace of age we might learn to follow along, to enter the kindergarten of the new. Because I have ambitions for my children, I have hopes for myself.