10 NOLA Groups Truly Doing the Work When the Cameras Aren't On

by Words by Rosana Cruz. Graphics by Aura Bogado on Aug 28, 2015 1:17PM

For many of us living in the Gulf Coast, the pomp and circumstance around Katrina at 10 has been difficult to stomach. Here are 10 local groups that define what it truly is to fight for the city.

Topics: Schools & Youth, Arts & Culture, Labor, Immigration, History, Politics, Native Affairs, Health, Environment, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Gender & Sexuality

WATCH: A Katrina Survival Story Told Over 10 Years

by Tara Conley on Aug 25, 2015 9:44AM

Mediamaker Tara Conley has been interviewing Kellen Smith,  a 33-year-old New Orleanian displaced by Hurricane Katrina, since she met him in Houston in September 2006. The resulting short film, "Kellen and Katrina," takes you through Smith's decade-long journey full of anger, anxiety, rebuilding—and healing. 

Topics: Labor, History, Health, Environment, Economic Justice

Congress to Introduce Legislation to Double Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jul 21, 2015 4:13PM

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill in Congress to up the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Topics: /NOW, Labor, Politics, Economic Justice

ICYMI: Latino Immigrant Laborer Claps Back at Xenophobic Rhetoric, Donald Trump

by Sameer Rao on Jul 13, 2015 3:54PM

In a viral video, a Latino laborer offers his thoughts on Donald Trump and his (and this country's) xenophobic hypocrisy. 

Topics: /NOW, Labor, Immigration, Media

NYC Approves Bill That Removes Felony Conviction Check Box From Job Applications

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jun 12, 2015 3:21PM

New York City joins the ranks of 100+ cities and 17 states that prohibit companies from asking applicants about their criminal record before making a job offer.

Topics: /NOW, Labor, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Economy

Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement

by Barbara Ransby on Jun 12, 2015 1:56PM

It’s in vogue to call the new movement to end police violence against black civilians leaderless. Historian and veteran activist Barbara Ransby argues that it has many leaders in the Ella Baker tradition—and that Twitter won't save us. 


Topics: Police Violence, Labor, History, Media, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Report: Google Still Struggles With Diversity

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jun 5, 2015 1:17PM

A new Google report reveals that the tech giant's staff is primarily made up of white and Asian men.

Topics: /NOW, Labor

Supreme Court Rules Abercrombie & Fitch Discriminated Against Muslim Applicant

by Aura Bogado on Jun 1, 2015 2:28PM

In an 8-to-1 decision, the justices found that the chain violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act 

Topics: /NOW, Labor

16 Fast-Food Workers Photograph What It's Like to Live on $7.25 an Hour

by Qimmah Saafir on May 20, 2015 11:52AM

Local labor workers in Kansas City capture the hardship of their everyday lives on minimal pay. 

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, Labor

Columbia University Dining’s Unofficial English-Only Rule Raises Concern

by Aura Bogado on Apr 29, 2015 12:40PM

Workers and students say dining employees are prohibited from speaking Spanish on the job. One campus group is fighting back.

Topics: Labor