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Episode 70

Dakota, Interrupted

After months of intense protests, the US Army Corps of Engineers finally blocked construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline last week. Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, explains what this victory means and what lies ahead. Next, Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a fellow with CAP’s Legal Progress program, and Sharon Dietrich, the litigation director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, discuss the state of access to justice for marginalized Americans. Finally, David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, fills us in on the part played by big donors in advancing agendas that don’t always benefit Americans of modest means. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories in poverty.

Follow this week’s guests on Twitter:

Mary Kathryn Nagle: @MKNAGLE
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza: @rpbp
Sharon Dietrich: @SDietrich9
David Callahan: @InsidePhilanthr
Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin

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Rebecca Vallas

Managing Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Previously, Rebecca worked directly with low-income individuals and communities as a legal aid attorney in Philadelphia

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