A hazy sky looms over palm trees and traffic along the 101 freeway near Hollywood, on June 14, 2004, in Los Angeles, California.

What Do the Most Polluted U.S. Cities Look Like?

Hint: They’re all in California, with large Latinx populations.

Rancher's fiddlenecks bloom after prolonged record drought gave way to heavy winter rains, causing one of the biggest wildflower blooms in years on March 16, 2017, at Diamond Valley Lake, near Hemet, California.

The California Drought Is Technically Over, But Likely Not Forever

Four counties remain in a state of emergency, and three are inhabited mostly by people of color. 

Environmentalists opposing a proposed natural gas power plant in Oxnard, California, protest at a public meeting on January 10, 2017.

California Environmentalists Disrupt Public Meeting on Proposed Power Plant

“No more power plants,” the group of nearly 30 chanted. “We say no.”

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The Biggest Environmental Justice Wins of 2016

It was the year three California counties banned fracking, a tribe beat big oil and more.

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READ: Killer Mike on How to Bring More Black People Into Medical Marijuana Boom

State-level marijuana legality reforms often don’t help African Americans who are frozen out of dispensary ownership. The rapper partners with scholar Erik Nielson for a new Rolling Stone essay that breaks down how to fix the disparity.

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Police Say California Mosque Stabbing Is Possible Hate Crime

John Henry Matteson was apprehended shortly after he allegedly stabbed a worshipper outside a Simi Valley mosque.

The sun rises over an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation in California where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 24, 2014. Voters in Monterey County just passed a ban on fracking.

The Climate Win This Election That No One Is Talking About

In California, one county passed a ban against fracking.

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Senate Will Soon Have Four Times as Many Women of Color

Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth and Catherine Cortez Masto won crucial elections and will join Mazie Hirono in the upper legislative house next year.

People wearing red caps hold power fists and signs that say "No More Drug War."

For the Sake of Our Children, Families and Communities, We Must Legalize Marijuana

On November 8, Californians will vote on Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Here’s why this groundbreaking law should matter to everyone.

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READ: 8 Years After Chemical Leak, Residents Still Pushing for Compensation

In Eight Mile, Alabama, residents face nosebleeds, seizures and headaches—and no one’s done anything to fix it.

A school bus passes along a farm canal March 12, 2009, near El Centro, California.

California Proposal Set to Protect Latinx Schoolchildren From Nearby Pesticides

The public has until November 17 to submit comments. The rule would go into effect in October 2017. 

The playground of Sequoia Elementary School in Shafter, California, where Rodrigo Romo's daughers attended, is no more than 400 feet from a fracking well.

For Some California Kids, Back-to-School Means Back To The Dangers of Fracking Wells

With a pending lawsuit, one father is taking action against his community’s growing health crisis.

Demonstrators hold signs while marching in the streets as they protest on September 21, 2009, in San Francisco, California.

The Best Of Yesterday's Twitter Chat All on Environmental Justice in California

#EJpriorities featured voices calling for clean air and justice for low-income and communities of color.

The Chevron Refinery explosion in Richmond, California, on Aug. 6, 2012, resulted from failings on Chevron's part and nearly killed 19 employees. One employee escaped being engulfed by flames from wearing a full-body firefighting suit.

The Battle for Environmental Justice Continues 4 Years After Richmond Refinery Explosion

As community members and environmentalists fight for a healthier environment, they realize there’s another battle on the horizon.  

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Ava DuVernay is First Black Woman to Direct a $100 Million Film

The “Selma” director is one of only three women to direct a live-action film with a sky-high budget.

Protestors hold signs during a demonstration against fracking in California on May 30, 2013, in San Francisco, California.

Bay Area County Snubs Fossil Fuel Industry, Finalizes Fracking Ban

Alameda County is the fifth in California to do so.

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ICYMI: California Declares August 'Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month'

“Although the majority of Muslim Americans within California and throughout the nation strive to promote peace and understanding between all faiths, identities and nationalities … they have nonetheless been forced to endure harassment, assault and discrimination.”

Oakland Program Boosts Academic Performance for Students of Color, Looks to Expand

Seneca Family of Agencies’ “Unconditional Education” model improved kids math, reading, attendance and discipline.

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Violence Breaks Out Between Neo-Nazis and Opponents in California

At least five people endured stab wounds durng Sunday’s clash.

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Hillary Clinton is Democratic Party's Presumptive Nominee

Clinton: “Whether you supported me in this primary, or Senator Sanders, we all need to keep working toward that better, fairer, stronger America.”