Description : Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son's recent abduction, and with threats from her ex still fresh in her mind, she's constantly looking over her shoulder. Then a surprising, and lucky, tip from a diner regular puts yet another target on their backs. At the request of a friend, medical examiner Calder Stonewall has been looking for Hope and Billy for weeks. When they unexpectedly show up at the scene of a crime, his interest soon becomes personal. He's amazed by the beautiful, brave woman and her resilient son. He's also surprised by his growing need to take care of them both, although winning Hope's trust won't be easy. But when a tragedy thrusts the couple together, Calder quickly proves he's a man Hope can rely on. Which is a good thing...because she'll need all his support, and love, to get through a threat they never saw coming. ** Justice for Hope is the 12th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
Description : Texas-based affiliates in the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)—built on ideas, principles, and actions from the late Saul Alinsky—offer a strong, mature organizing model compared with other community organizations in the state and the United States as a whole. IAF affiliates’ members consist of institutions, most of them faith-based congregations and synagogues. Local volunteer leaders in those institutions work together in relationships of trust that draw strength, unity, and purpose from IAF principles and the social-justice precepts of their different faiths. In Hope for Justice and Power, Kathleen Staudt examines the twenty-first-century activities of the Texas IAF in multiple cities and towns around the state, drawing on forty years of academic teaching and on twenty years of active leadership experiences in the IAF. She identifies major contradictions, tensions, and their resolutions in IAF organizing related to centralism versus local control, reformist versus radical goals, stable revenue generation, greater gender balance in leadership, and evolving IAF principles. The political context in modern Texas is a challenging one compared to the Texas IAF founding period in the last quarter of the twentieth century, yet local IAF volunteer leaders achieve their goals with a strong political base in divergent urban regions around the state. With declining religious affiliation in U.S. society, the Texas IAF has begun to recruit members from broad-based institutions, such as schools and health clinics. The hope and winnable goals that sustain IAF organizing show the importance of organized power, trained volunteer leaders, and relationships with public officials in between elections. With cross-class alliances, IAF affiliates work to foster equitable change toward a more just society. To analyze the Texas IAF, Staudt draws on participant observation in El Paso, statewide meetings and training, on interviews, and on archival documents and media coverage. This book will appeal to those interested in community-based organizing and leadership, Mexican American and women’s politics, civic-capacity building in education, political socialization, and both Texas and urban politics.
Description : Combining the disciplines of economics, public policy development, political science and philosophy, history, and law this book comprehensively shows how the poor and near poor are denied justice in a variety of legal disputes. Unlike those indigent parties in a criminal actions, indigent civil litigants are not entitled, save for very narrow circumstances, to appointed counsel.These unrepresented indigent civil parties are left vulnerable to vagaries of the civil justice system, not only is their poverty unwittingly used against them, not only are bad judicial outcomes reached, but the very legitimacy of the rule of law and democracy are threatened.This book also details the struggles and successes that one non-profit legal services organization had serving indigent clients, and the causes of its ultimate demise.Well researched and told through the prism of the founder of a legal services organization, this book describes what is wrong with the legal system and offers proposals to fix it.This book is not a work of neutral abstract scholarship. It is advocacy, using various disciplines and data to come to its conclusion: all civil litigants, no matter their inability to pay, deserve legal services in all areas of legal disputes.But more than the needs of indigents for legal services, and the unavailability of those services, is a subtle critiques of why progress is often derailed by those in power. In many ways, this is a cautionary tale of how powerful elites and institutions obstruct efforts for meaningful change on behalf of the powerless in our communities.
Description : This book offers an important contribution to the recovery and articulation of African-American womanist experience. Ida Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) was an activist, social reformer, and churchwoman. Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope recovers her life and historical context and examines the extent to which her perspective can be a resource for a contemporary womanist Christian social ethic. Beginning with a brief biographical sketch of Wells-Barnett, Emilie Townes examines the religious and social world in which she worked as well as her many speeches and publciations. Townes focuses especially on Wells-Barnett's participation in the anti-lynching campaigns of the late nineteenth century. She argues that Wells-Barnett's life and work can provide important lessons in leadership and social activism for contemporary Black churchwomen. nature of leadership for Black women,
Description : In increasing numbers, qualitative researchers are leaving their ivory tower perches and entering the fray, focusing their research and actions on the promotion of social justice. In this tightly edited volume of original articles stemming from the 2008 International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, leading figures in qualitative research demonstrate the potential for the research tradition to make contributions to the betterment of humankind.
Description : The Christian life, says Richard Dahlstrom, should be guided by the intentional goal of blessing the lives of the friends, loved ones, and strangers in our midst. We are called to impact a culture that, for all the rhetoric about hope, is overwhelmingly preoccupied with personal peace, prosperity, protection, and survival. Christians should be artists who paint with the colors of hope in a broken world, embodying Christ's redemptive presence in our personal lives, our work, and our relationships. This inspiring and practical book offers tools for living out this vision in daily life, with special attention given to the challenges we face in staying focused on the mission of imparting hope to others even while dealing with our own personal issues. Anyone who wishes they could have an impact on the world will cherish this unique book.
Description : Advent and Christmas are a time of mystery and wonder. During these days we are reminded that we live in a "now, arid not yet'' time. This is a book of devotions offering daily readings, meditations, prayers, and reflections through this time of anticipation. The Advent readings invite us to live with expectancy and hope as we prepare to greet the one who comes to us again and again. The wonder and awe of the Christmas story affirms yet again God's presence in uncertain times. The readings through the 12 days of Christmas help us to recognise the ways in which we gather strength from being grounded in God's wisdom. The 40 personal meditations in this book offer a wise and insightful guide through the days of Advent and Christmas, encouraging an opening of self to a deeper intimacy with God! and fresh insight into God's promises and faithfulness.