Ayana Byrd

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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SCOTUS Considers Constitutionality of Law That Pulls Rico Out of Debt

PROMESA was created to provide Puerto Rico with relief from its then-$72 billion in debt. Now a group of hedge funds wants it to fail.

Kimberly Teehee. Indigenous woman wearing blue and white jacket speaking at a podium with brightly colored flags behind her

ICYMI: Cherokee Nation Appoints First Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives

If recognized by the federal government, Kimberly Teehee would be able to introduce bills on behalf of the more than 300,000 people in the Cherokee Nation.

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ICYMI: FDA Approves HIV Prevention Drug That Isn't Safety Tested for All

The Food and Drug Administration says that safety trials for Descovy primarily tested White cisgender men.

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Supreme Court To Decide If Employers Can Discriminate Against LGBTQ+ Community

SCOTUS to consider three cases that cite the protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Protesters hold signs in support of abortion rights outside of Supreme Court.

SCOTUS To Hear Case That Could Dismantle Roe v. Wade

“Access to abortion is hanging by a thread in this country, and this case is what could snap that thread.”

Pink and white sign in support of abortion rights held outside Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri

Planned Parenthood Covertly Opens Clinic to Provide Care for Missourians

The 18,000-square foot facility is located in Illinois—just 13 miles from Missouri’s lone abortion clinic, which is currently under fire.

Signs in support of abortion rights hang on a metal fence

New Poll Shows Most Americans Back Federal Funding of Abortion

Support is highest among women of color and people who live in abortion battleground states.