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People walk past the building where the roof was blown off by Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

3 Must-Read Points on Building Hurricane-Proof Cities

A new story from The Atlantic details better ways to build—and why they are often ignored in places like Houston and Miami.

An oil refinery is shown near Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Oil Refinery Leak Threatens Health of a Latinx Neighborhood in Houston

Manchester residents are breathing air with high concentrations of a chemical that causes cancer.

People take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Houston Renters Now Face Task of Paying For Damaged Homes

Many landlords in the flood-damaged city are tacking on late fees and demanding payment in the days following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

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Solange Announces Benefit Show to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief

“I’m committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love.”

Evacuees are helped to dry land after their homes were inundated with Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

READ: Houston Neighborhood Hit Hard By Harvey While Still Recovering From 2016 Flood

The residents of Greenspoint live in a vulnerable area and they are predominantly Latinx.

Flood waters rise around a title loan store on Garners Ferry Road October 4, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina.

A New Study Explains Why Coastal Cities Are at Increased Risk of Flooding

The factors that contributed to Houston’s devastation are poised to converge in other cities, too.

A security vehicle sits outside Exxon / Mobil refinery September 23, 2005 in Baytown, Texas.

Hazardous Chemicals Released Into Air Following Hurricane-Related Refinery Accidents in Houston

ExxonMobil acknowledged that two of its refineries were damaged, and there was an unrelated pipeline leak. 

A man waves down to rescue crew as he tries to leave the area after he was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

How to Donate Money and Other Aid to Communities of Color in Houston

A list of charities and organizations working to keep immigrant, Black, Latinx and other populations safe after Hurricane Harvey.  

A Jetski is used to help people evacuate homes after flooding with Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Why Texan Communities of Color Are Particularly Vulnerable to Hurricane Harvey

As rains continue to flood the state, some residents face increased dangers.

White people wearing Confederate and American flags stand in front of a wrought iron fence

People of Color and Allies React to White Lives Matter Protest

“Did Houston police show up in militarized riot gear, [with] snipers and dogs at the #WhiteLivesMatter protest?”

woman in white outfit arrested by policeman in navy uniform against white car on brown and grey pavement ground

New Video Shows White Houston Policeman Arrest Black Woman After She Calls 911 On Him

Earledreka White spent two days in jail, charged with resisting arrest during a traffic stop. A new surveillance video, released by her lawyer to The Houston Chronicle, suggests that the officer provoked the arrest by trying to grab her phone while she spoke to a 911 dispatcher. 

White man wearing glasses with camera

STUDY: Police Body Cameras in Danger of Being Used as 'Instruments of Injustice'

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights examined body-worn camera policies in 50 municipalities. It was not impressed.

Alva Braziel in blue shirt; Delrawn Small in grey shirt holding child in orange shirt

New Videos Suggest Possible Alternate Narratives in Deaths of Alva Braziel and Delrawn Small

The videos seem to show that Braziel and Small—two of the latest Black men to die from police gunshots—were less of a threat to officers than previously reported.

PREMIERE: Punk Band Giant Kitty Fights Post-its and Prejudice in 'This Stupid Stuff' Video

Lead singer Miriam Hakim: “Little (and big) instances of prejudice and discrimination don’t make it easier to take, they tear you down more and make it harder to focus on things you actually want to focus on.”

This Houston Man Says He Was Arrested for an Unpaid Student Loan

Seriously, this is happening to people. 

‘Breaking’ Presents: Adesuwa, a Singer-Songwriter With Some of the Prettiest Pipes in R&B

The vocalist from electro-pop favorite Denitia and Sene breaks out with a solo R&B project that is all hers—from writing to arranging to playing drums, guitar and synths. And, of course, singing. 

 

Grand Jury Clears Planned Parenthood of Misconduct, Indicts Abortion Opponents Instead

The folks who shot that infamous “sting” video have been charged with a felony.

RECAP: From #ReclaimMLK to #MLKNow, a Day of Action, Service and Remembrance

On the 30th anniversary of the first national celebration of MLK Day, activists and celebs take to the streets and the stage to strengthen Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Sandra Bland Rally Ahead of Civil Hearing

The grand jury is still deciding if it will levy charges in Bland’s police custody death, but the civil case is moving forward.

WATCH: Check Out 'Off The Menu,' a New Documentary on Asian-American Cuisine

“Off the Menu” was directed by Grace Lee, the filmmaker behind the acclaimed Grace Lee Boggs documentary.