Ayana Byrd

a road that is flooded out

Yankton Sioux Nation Struggling To Recover From Climate Disasters Without Federal Assistance

Health and infrastructure issues plague reservation after a series of floods and cyclones.

a man in Virgin Islands looking up at his home without a roof after Hurricane Irma

FEMA Hurricane Recovery Funds Not Spent in Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands

“You can kill people with a gun or you can kill them with neglect.”

Latinx teen lies on a bed and uses a laptop.

This Planned Parenthood Bot Teaches Teens About Sex

The bot, named Roo, is a direct response to the Trump administration’s push for abstinence-only sex education.

Aerial shot of smoggy day in Los Angeles, California.

Study Says Air Pollution Can Lead to Alzheimer's Disease

New research may explain why Black and Latinx people—who disproportionately breathe in toxic air—have a higher risk of getting the disease in America.

The Navajo Generating Station power plant against red rock and blue sky

Coal Plant on Navajo Land Closes Doors

Plant owners are now investing in solar energy; Navajo leaders look to recoup revenue and jobs lost from the shutdown.

sign in Spanish warning residents not to play on grass at East Chicago superfund site

Report Finds Toxic Sites Plus Climate Change Could Soon Equal Disaster

And the Trump administration is reportedly not moving to protect the people of color who live near hundreds of Superfund sites.

a woman fills a plastic container of water as another women looks on in the Navajo Nation

Native Americans Are Group Most Likely Not to Have Running Water at Home

A new report found that race is the biggest factor in determining access to water and sanitation access.

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McDonald's Hit With Another Lawsuit For Sexual Harassment

Hundreds of the company’s Michigan-based employees are preparing to strike in response to its handling of gender-based discrimination allegations.

industrial plant releases pollutants into the air next to a waterway

EPA Seeks to Ban Some Scientific Studies in Creation of Public Health Regulations

Health advocates warn there will be an increase in air pollution and unsafe water.

smoke being released from smoke stack on a container ship

11,000+ Scientists Warn That The World Is in a 'Climate Emergency'

A new report stresses the need for a major shift in environmental policies.

coal plants spewing smoke into the sky

New EPA Rules Will Allow More Coal Plants to Contaminate Fresh Water Supplies

Environmental activists warn that million of Americans—and a disproportionate number of people of color—will be affected.

two boys playing on a swing with a man in a hat

It Could Soon Be Legal to Prevent LGBTQ+ Couples From Adopting

The Trump administration is scrapping an Obama-era regulation that protected same sex couples from discrimination.

Tina Tchen. Laughing Asian woman with clasped hands.

Q&A With Tina Tchen, The New President of Time's Up

An attorney and former chief of staff for Michelle Obama, Tchen centers women of color in the fight for workplace equity.

women in support of abortion rights holding pink, purple and white protest signs on Capitol Hill

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Restrictive Abortion Law

If it had gone into effect, abortion would have been illegal from the moment of conception.

Transgender rally. Lots of people and two flags.

LIVESTREAM: Congressional Hearing on Housing Protections for Transgender People

The National Center for Transgender Equality will testify before the House Committee on Financial Services about the growing housing crisis.

a scientist with brown hands stands in front of a blue table covered with blood samples and vials

STUDY: Black Scientists Less Likely to Win Federal Funding For Research

Grant applications that include the words “socioeconomic,” “disparity” and “reproductive” are the least likely to win funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Black person in hospital gown standing in front of chemotherapy station

Why Is Endometrial Cancer Killing Black Women?

“We are not going to help women, and we are not going to solve this problem, if we don’t deal with the problem of race and racism.”

A Black person's hand pouring bottled water into a coffee maker

READ: Five Environmental Justice Activists On The Roots and Future of The Movement

Mustafa Ali, Dr. Robert Bullard and other key figures in environmental justice explore why their fight is a critical one.

students and others marching in a protest in Chicago

Demanding Better Wages, Smaller Class Sizes and More, Chicago Teachers Go on Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union’s decision will keep more than 300,000 students out of classrooms.