Ayana Byrd

Pregnant person in a striped gray and black shirt holding a purple flower as someone touches their abdomen

This Tiny Pill Could Lower Mortality Rates for Black Babies

It could prevent a life-threatening condition called preeclampsia—but many patients don’t know it can help.

Hands holding a red sign that reads, "Stop the war on choice."

California Poised to Be First State to Provide Free Medication Abortions to College Students

The law will benefit the students at public universities in the state, who are predominantly people of color and may face geographic and economic hurdles to obtaining the medical procedure.

Damaged power lines on a hilltop in Patillas, Puerto Rico, against a gray sky

Ex-FEMA Officials Arrested For Taking Bribes to Award Contract to Repair Puerto Rico's Power Grid

A federal corruption investigation uncovered the bribes that led to Cobra Acquisitions receiving $1.8 billion in contracts.

Balearia ferry docked in Florida. White ferry with blue writing that reads "Balearia" on it against a blue sky with white clouds

Bahamians Denied Entry to U.S. During Post-Hurricane Dorian Evacuation

There is confusion and finger-pointing about why more than 100 people were not allowed to travel to Florida. Meanwhile, Trump doubles down on rhetoric to keep out “very bad” people.

a gas flare and buildings of the Shell Petroleum plant in Norco, Louisiana, against a dark sky

Cancer Alley Residents Stop New Chemical Plant From Opening

A lawsuit and protests pushed a Chinese petrochemical firm to withdraw its approved application to build in Louisiana.

Two people standng in the muddy rode in Puerto Rico, shovels in hand, colorful buildings and blue sky behind them

Trump Administration Takes $400 Million From Puerto Rico Recovery to Fund Border Wall

It’s part of a $3.6 billion package pulled out of the Department of Defense’s budget to pay for 175 miles of barrier.

Aerial shot of Abaco Island, Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

8 Ways To Help The Bahamas Recover From Hurricane Dorian

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history.”

A Black man with gray hair wearing a black shirt and jeans bicycles through flooded streets in Texas

Digital Museums Document Houston Following Hurricane Harvey

The open-access archives also explore how racism made the storm harder for Black and Latinx Houstonians.

Exterior of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis. Gray-painted bricks, blue signage.

Court Temporarily Blocks Missouri's Eight-Week Abortion Ban

But new restrictions—including for cases of fetal Down Syndrome—were allowed to go into effect.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Governor Philip D. Murphy at podium in Newark, New Jersey. American and yellow New Jersey flags in the background.

New Plan Seeks to Replace Newark's Lead Pipes In Less Than 3 Years

With the national spotlight on the city’s lead water crisis, officials have shaved seven years off the initial timeline to replace pipes.

Pallets of water with a line of people standing behind them in Newark, New Jersey at a bottled water distribution center

The Decisions and Inaction Behind Newark's Lead Water Crisis

An investigation by The New York Times reveals years of mismanagement.

people on the lawn outside of National Museum Of African American History & Culture

How City Planners Are Battling Rising Temps Across Nation

Global warming is causing major climate shifts. Now, cities are making major changes to protect their most vulnerable residents.

White teepees in the snow with a protest sign that reads "Defend the Sacred" on Standing Rock Reservation

ICYMI: Standing Rock Sioux Back In Court to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline

As the pipeline prepares to double its daily output, the tribe demands a new environmental assessment of the project.

people holding signs in support of Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights

Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Program

“We believe that the Trump administration is doing this as an attack on reproductive health care and to keep providers like Planned Parenthood from serving our patients.” 

Damaged electrical poles against a blue sky in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

ICYMI: Puerto Rico's New Governor Suspends Contract to Repair Power Grid

“I hope this isn’t a smoke screen and that there’s a real audit. That’s what all these people who have lost trust in the government expect.”

Pediatricians Highlight Impact of Racism On Children's Health

A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics urges doctors and policymakers to address bias and discrimination in health care.

Ras Baraka. Black man in gray suit and white shirt talks into microphone.

Lead Concerns Push Newark to Distribute Bottled Water to Residents

The EPA says residents should not drink tap water, even if it’s been filtered. The city says more tests are needed.

Alexis McGill Johnson. Black woman in a black dress stands in front of a white step and repeat with logos on it.

Planned Parenthood's New Leader On Racial Equity and Reproductive Health Freedom

Alexis McGill Johnson talks to Colorlines about bringing her life’s work as a racial justice organizer to the reproductive health care organization.

Pedro Pierluisi stands behind a podium

Puerto Rico's New Governor Challenged as 'Unconstitutional'

The Puerto Rican Senate filed a lawsuit questioning the validity of the swearing in of the territory’s new governor, Pedro Pierluisi.

a rally with someone holding a sign that reads Black Trans Lives Matter

New Study Pinpoints the Most Urgent Needs of TGNC People Living With HIV

The Transgender Law Center documented the top legal and health care barriers for HIV-positive trans and gender nonconforming people. The goal is “data-driven advocacy led by the community for the community.”