Ayana Byrd

Children in brightly colorled clothes in shelter in Puerto Rico, child in front wears red and white and carries blue bag

STUDY: How Hurricane Maria Affected Mental Health of Children in Puerto Rico

A new study from the  Puerto Rico Department of Education and Medical University of South Carolina found that nearly one-third of the children surveyed reported strong predictors of PTSD following the storm.

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Court Blocks Trump Administration's Abortion 'Gag Rule'

A federal judge called the regulation a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy’” that would harm lower-income earning women.

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New Study Finds Global Wealth Inequality Is Tied to Climate Change

Wealthy nations are getting richer as countries inhabited by people of color get hotter and more economically disadvantaged, say researchers.

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Flint Residents Get Greenlight to Sue EPA

Thousands have joined a lawsuit that says the federal agency was negligent in its response to the city’s water crisis.

The city of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The state approved new funds for the city yesterday.

Flint Receives $77 Million to Fund New Water Projects

Five years after the water crisis began, the city continues to recover with projects to protect residents and update infrastructure.

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U.S. Healthcare System Endangers Black Pregnant People of Undocumented Status

Shut out of the Affordable Care Act, they may not be able to access or afford prenatal care.

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Senate Holds Hearing on Bill to Restrict Abortion Access

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing was in support of a bill that seeks to make it illegal to have an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Taja Lindley Turns Her Artistic Eye to Black Maternal Mortality

The New York City-based artist will center the voices of Black women who are often ignored by the health system.

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READ: Puerto Ricans Face Food Shortages, Crumbling Infrastructure As Relief Aid Stalls

These are the real life consequences of Capitol Hill in-fighting.

Lori Lightfoot. A Black woman with short hair stands with her hands up whle wearing a red blazer and white shirt. She is surrounded by celebrating Black people.

Chicago Elects First Black Lesbian Mayor—But Not All Progressives See It As a Victory

Various activists, including online movement #StopLightfoot, say Lori Lightfoots record is harmful to members of the Black, immigrant and LGBTQ communities.

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Senate Rejects Bill That Would Send Relief Money to Puerto Rico

Democrats say the bills aid package is another sign of Republican disregard for the island.

Protesters hold signs. Two blue and white signs say, "Keep abortion legal." One black and white sign says, "Abortion kills a person."

Georgia Is Latest State to Ban Abortion After Six Weeks

The “heartbeat ban” is opposed by politicians, reproductive rights activists and prominent names in Hollywood and the business world.

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Trump Administration Expands Reach of Abortion 'Global Gag Rule'

Foreign groups that provide or discuss abortions will lose American funding under a directive that administration officials have championed as “decent” and “right.”

People walk through flooded streets the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 11, 2017 in Naples, Florida.

FEMA Releases Bank Info, Home Addresses of 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

The agency calls the error a major privacy incident.

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Mississippi Passes Restrictive 'Heartbeat Ban' Abortion Law

The state already has just one clinic to perform the medical procedure.

Keystone Oil Pipeline Protesters Demonstrate Outside Of Obama Fundraiser

South Dakota Criminalizes Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline

The states tribal communities say the governor is placing the interests of big business over their safety.

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Maryland Aims to Leave Title X Program to Protect Abortion Providers and Patients

If approved, the state will refuse nearly $4 million in funding to create its own family planning program.

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Studies Show the Dangers of Proposed Changes to Food Stamps

The Trump administration wants to impose stricter work requirements on recipients while cutting billions from SNAP.

A pair of blue-gloved hands gives a white stick to a pair of Black hands. Light blue paper lines the table below, a blue and white box of gloves sits on the table

The Best Medication to Prevent HIV is Hard to Find Where It's Needed Most

The dangerously scarce availability of PrEP is contributing to high HIV infection rates in Black men.

China's Coal Dependence A Challenge For Climate

STUDY: White Americans' Consumer Habits Pollute the Air That Black and Latinx People Breathe

Researchers say there is a stark racial difference in who suffers from toxic air and who causes it.