Ayana Byrd

Red, white and blue Puerto Rican flag in front of a high rise office building

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.

Two Black hands with one holding a blue pill

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.

Rainbow pride flag flies in front of brick building and blue sky

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.

Two white water fountains on white tiled walls with signs warning people not to drink from them

Study Finds Race is Primary Factor in Enforcement of Safe Drinking Water Act

Flint and Newark are just two of the many cities where the race of residents is tied to poor regulation of water safety.

Person walks through flooded streets of Houston after Tropical Storm Imelda

REPORT: Coastal Communities Face Catastrophic Future Due to Climate Change

“The oceans are sending us so many warning signals that we need to get emissions under control.”

Fire department official stands with cases of bottled water in Newark, New Jersey

Newark Sees Preliminary Decrease in Water Lead Levels

The latest results show that water filters are finally working in most of the tested homes.

a button about insulin availability pinned to a blue suit jacket

Rising Insulin Prices Put Diabetics In Danger

African-American, Latinx and Asian-American diabetics are hardest hit by the skyrocketing costs.

girl with a megaphone and her first in the air at climate change protest

Kids Around The World Go On A #ClimateStrike

Students march to demand action to save the earth—and to protect those most vulnerable to climate change.

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.