Ayana Byrd

Black and white photo of a woman's pregnant body.

READ: Why Naming 'Race' As The Factor Behind Black Women's High Rates of Maternal Mortality Is Counterproductive

Ob-Gyn Dr. Joia Crear-Perry stresses that calling out racism is the only way to solve this health crisis.

A brown, pregnant abdomen

Maternal Mortality Rate in Texas Lower Than Believed, But Black Women's Numbers Remain Alarmingly High

A correction in data collection still confirms that Black pregnant Texans face disproportionate health dangers.

Jesse Jackson Leads National March In Flint To End Water Crisis

Michigan to Stop Distributing Free Bottled Water in Flint

Many of the city’s residents do not trust—or use—what comes out of their tap.

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

New Houston Rule Could Save Homes From Flooding, Drive Up Prices

The City Council passed a regulation that may help and hurt the city’s most vulnerable residents.

 Flint Continues To Struggle With Water Contamination Crisis

Testing Shows That Flint's Kids Still Attend Schools With Elevated Lead Water Levels

Free bottled water for students is only guaranteed through the end of this school year.

A pro-choice activist  in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Administration, Allows Undocumented Teens Access to Abortions

The temporary injunction also prevents the government from barring access to medical appointments.

 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.

An Afro-Latina and Asian wearing beanies that say "roxanne roxanne" standing close to each other smiling

Q&A: Producers of 'Roxanne Roxanne' on the Battle That is Making Black Films in Hollywood

More impressive than Mimi Valdés and Nina Yang Bongiovi’s (very impressive) film credits is their commitment to storytellers of color.

 Rising Seas And Warming Temperatures Force Alaskan Coastal Community To Move Inland

Federal Spending Bill Allocates $30 Million to Relocate Alaskan Coastal Villages

The Alaskan village of Newtok will receive the majority of the money to move its residents further inland.

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.

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.

The United States Supreme Court

What The Latest Reproductive Rights Case Before the Supreme Court Means For Women

NIFLA v. Becarra has the potential to radically alter what anti-abortion medical centers can tell women.

Protestors demand #JusticeForJane and the resignation of Director of the Office of Refugee Resettelment Scott Lloyd

Activists, Politicians Call on Trump Administration to Fire Office of Refugee Resettlement Director

Representative Jerry Nadler on Scott Lloyd: “It sounds like a scene from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ but for these young women in Scott Lloyd’s custody, it’s far from fiction.”

 Mustafa Ali, former EPA environmental justice official, speaks on human rights and the environment during an event by the Wilson Center on June 22, 2016.

Hip Hop Caucus Launches New Environmental Justice Podcast

Co-host Mustafa Santiago Ali: “‘Think 100%’ comes at a crucial time for our communities now and for future generations.”

Eighteen of the 21 youth plaintiffs and two of their siblings showcase their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. They recently won with a court judge moving their case forward.

Court Refuses to Dismiss Climate Kids' Lawsuit Against Federal Government

The case puts the Trump administration on trial for its actions regarding the environment.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) logo is displayed on a door at its headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

EPA Rules That Landfill in Majority Black Alabama Town is Not a Health Hazard

The agency said there was “insufficient evidence” to pursue the civil rights case.

US Border Patrol agents carry out special operations near the US-Mexico border fence, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California

Judge Clears Legal Roadblock for Administration to Build Border Wall

Center for Biological Diversity: “We intend to appeal this disappointing ruling, which would allow Trump to shrug off crucial environmental laws that protect people and wildlife.”

Person in dark, lit only by flashlight

Federal Government Cuts Number of Contractors Restoring Power in Puerto Rico

Hundreds of thousands of residents are still without electricity.

A cyclist passes the El Segundo Power Plant on November 29, 2006 in El Segundo, California.

EPA Report Proves That Black Communities More Likely to Breathe Toxic Air

People of color have a 35 percent higher chance of living near emission polluting facilities than their White counterparts—and the number is higher for Black residents.

Pepsico Admits That Aquafina Water Comes From Tap

STUDY: As Bottled Water Sales Rise in Communities of Color, So Do Environmental Dangers

A new study examines the role of big business in promoting to people of color—and pressuring politicians not to improve water infrastructure.