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J. Dylan Sandifer

J. Dylan Sandifer is a freelance writer. A Memphian since matriculating at Rhodes College in 2008, she has also been a contributor for the Choose901 blog. 


A May 13 clean-up day at the site of a future homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth.

Nearly half of homeless youth are LGTBQ. OUTMemphis is doing something about it.

OUTMemphis could soon begin construction on an innovative shelter complex made out of shipping containers. Once completed, LGBTQ youth will be allowed to stay at the facility and receive wraparound services to help them make the next step to stability.

Filmmakers interviewed Caleb (R) and his mother, LaShay, about their experiences in the juvenile justice system in Jackson, Mississippi.

Memphis filmmakers shine a light on the juvenile justice system

Special confidentiality protections afforded to juveniles can make cases opaque and allow injustice to fester. Two Memphis-based filmmakers are sharing narratives of people affected by the juvenile justice system in an effort to inspire policy change. 

Bail Out Day

Black Lives Matter bails Memphis moms out for Mother's Day

The organizers decry a "wealth-based detention" system that keeps poor Memphians in jail longer because they are unable to afford bail. 


Two wheels in the carpool lane: Making public schools bike-friendly

Experts are training children in the laws of the road to combat Memphis' car-centric culture and promote bicycle riding.

We Belong Here

In photos: Nearly 3,000 declare "We Belong Here" at pro-immigrant demonstration

Organizers' estimates climb to nearly 3,000 Mid-Southerners who spoke out at a recent protest against President Donald Trump's anti-immigration orders.
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