Politics

How One American Muslim Woman's Instinct Led to the Uncovering One of the Largest FBI Probes in U.S. History

In her new documentary, “The Feeling of Being Watched,” journalist Assia Boundaoui sought to find evidence for the paranoia she felt growing up in her Arab-American hometown. She ended up uncovering one of the largest counterterrorism investigations in United States history. 

Marijuana arrests

Senate Leader Backs Marijuana Decriminalization

Chuck Schumer to introduce measure that would decriminalize the drug at the federal level, says he’s “seen too many people’s lives ruined” due to marijuana-related incarceration.

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4/20 Special: How Advocates and Entrepreneurs of Color Are Fighting for Equity in the Legal Weed Business

We spoke to Latinx and Black activists and entrepreneurs who are challenging marijuana prohibition, hypocritical industry power players and stigma within their own communities to ensure that people of color don’t miss out on the legal pot boom.

Prison Reforms

New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

An estimated 35,000 residents, overwhelmingly Black and Latinx, stand to benefit from Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

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It's Our Job to Finish Dr. Martin Luther King's Economic Justice Work [Opinion]

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner reflects on the critical income inequality work he supported and our urgent need to finish it. 

Immigrants at the border

Department of Justice Sets Quotas for Immigration Judges to Speed Up Deportations

The announcement comes as the Trump administration weighs other measures to fast track the deportation of children arrested at the border.

U.S. Agents Take Immigrants With Undocumented Status Into Custody

'Our Country is Being Stolen': Trump Renews Attacks on Immigrants

His accusations were met by bipartisan condemnation.

 EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Testifies At House Hearing On Mission Of The EPA

#BootPruitt Campaign Aims to Oust EPA Administrator

The Hip Hop Caucus and Green Latinos are two of the organizations working to pressure the administration to fire Scott Pruitt.

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Trump Tells 4,000 Liberian Immigrants To Leave or Face Deportation

President denies extension of legal immigration status for Liberians, many who have lived in the U.S. for decades.

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Decision to Add Citizenship Question in 2020 Census Met with Swift Outcry, Lawsuit

California sues Trump administration over citizenship question, arguing that the move will scare off immigrants and result in drastic population undercount.

Puerto Rico Faces Extensive Damage After Hurricane Maria

FEMA Ignored Puerto Rico Supermarkets' Requests for Generator Fuel After Hurricane Maria

The result was the loss of tens of thousands of dollars of food, while people stood in lines outside, hungry.

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Cozy Up With This Lively Podcast on Gerrymandering

No, really, it’s actually interesting.

Fourth Package Bomb Detonates In Austin, Injuring Two

UPDATE: Austin Bombing Suspect Kills Himself in Explosion

Law enforcement was approaching Mark Anthony Conditt’s vehicle as he detonated the device.

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Dreams Deferred (Again): Democrats, White House Fail to Craft DACA Deal

The policy impasse means there are still no legislative protections for immigrants brought to the United States as children.

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles.

High school age students at a rally one of the teens who is Black holds up a sign that says "Don't Shoot."

Students of Color Condemn Proposals to Arm Teachers During #NationalWalkoutDay

Many student activists walked out of class, advocating for responses to gun violence that don’t strengthen the school to prison pipeline.

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EXCERPT: Dr. Mary Frances Berry on How History Repeats Itself

In this selection from her new book, “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times,” Berry recounts the civil rights war activists waged under President Ronald Reagan—and it sounds very familiar….

ICE arrests

California ICE Spokesperson Quits Over 'Misleading' Arrest Claims

The feud between California and the Trump administration grows as the president visits the California-Mexico border to inspect wall prototypes.

Immigration Activists And Dreamers Protest

Ad Campaign Aims to Pressure Trump on Policy for Young Immigrants

Advocacy groups launch DACA ad drive to keep immigration issue in the public eye.

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The Final Fire: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission [OPINION]

The Kerner Commission concluded that unrest in cities across the country was the result of unaddressed racial and economic injustice. What has—and hasn’t—changed in the last 50 years?