From Anaheim to Oakland, Police Brutality Still Plagues California Topics: Criminal Justice, Police Secrets, Anaheim Police
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 09:25

Recent news across the state offers stark reminders of how bad the relationship remains between militarized police forces and the black and brown neighborhoods they patrol.

Deported Father Returns to Fight For His Children in Exceptional Case Topics: Immigration, Felipe Montes
Friday, August 3, 2012 - 09:57

Felipe Montes is one of thousands of deported or detained parents fighting to keep custody of their U.S. citizen children. He has won a rare chance at the due process child courts grant everyone else.

Florida to People of Color: Don't Vote Here Topics: 2012 Election, Politics, Voting Rights, Early Voting
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 09:38

What a difference an election makes. Since the 2010 Tea Party wins in Florida, the voting rights landscape has changed dramatically. What was once a discussion of expanding the vote is now all about shutting it down.

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, 2012 Election
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 09:07

The campaign’s leader described how voters should feel while under the gaze of its observers: “Like driving and seeing the police following you.” The right casts this as the real civil rights battle of our time.

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction Topics: Drug Tests, ALEC, Politics, Economy, Jobs Crisis
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 10:07

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children Topics: Felipe Montes, Immigration
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 10:38

Nobody argues whether Felipe Montes is a great dad. But the state doesn’t want to send his U.S. citizen kids to Mexico, so he may lose them forever. The Montes are among a growing number of families facing similar crises.

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our 'Humane' Immigration Jails Topics: Dispatches, Deportation, Immigration
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 09:19

Deporting 400,000 people a year means big business for the rural towns and private prison contractors that warehouse many detained immigrants.

Infographic: What the New Digital Divide Looks Like Topics: Technology, Media, New Digital Divide
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 10:21

The defining question of the information age is no longer whether you’re online, it’s how you got there. Here’s why your connection matters.

How Big Telecom Used Smartphones to Create a New Digital Divide Topics: Technology, Media, New Digital Divide
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 10:19

The information age’s defining question is no longer who’s online, but how they got there. Consumers of color are closing the digital divide with smart phones. But they’ve surfed into a space where telecom has the right to do as it pleases with both users and content.

U.S. Deports 46K Parents With Citizen Kids in Just Six Months Topics: Immigration, Deportation, Felipe Montes
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 09:30

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals nearly a quarter of people deported in first half of 2011 were parents with U.S. citizen children. That’s a dramatic increase from the 10-year period before the Obama administration.