Ayana Byrd

A Black man holds a Black boy standing in front of chemical plants

Louisiana Activists to Chemical Plant: 'Stop Poisoning Black People'

Cancer Alley activists travel to Japan to confront Denka, the company that is currently killing them.

Black man stands outside of New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina

Top Medical Orgs Declare Climate Change World's 'Greatest Public Health Challenge'

The 74 medical and health groups stressed that communities of color are the most at-risk.

Chicago skyline over Lake Michigan

Why Do Some White Chicagoans Live 30 Years Longer Than Their Black Counterparts?

It is the widest discrepancy at the city-level in the nation.

outside of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals building

Abortion 'Gag Rule' Goes Into Effect

Abortion providers in 49 states will lose federal money if they refer patients for the medical procedure.

 Dr. Yashica Robinson. Black woman in white suit and black shirt sits at microphone with people behind her.

The Stakes Podcast Speaks to Alabama's Sole Abortion Provider

Host Kai Wright tours one of just three clinics that provide the medical procedure in the entire state.

AIDS quilt on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

ICYMI: HIV Prevention Drug PrEP to Be Covered by Most Insurance Plans

At $2,000 per month, the pill is currently inaccessible to most of the people who are at highest risk of contracting HIV.

a number of protest signs supporting abortion rights

NYC Funds Abortions For People From States With Restrictive Bans

It is the first time a city has used its budget to step into the national abortion battle.

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Prepares to Decriminalize Sex Work

A new bill aims to protect sex workers, particularly immigrant and trans workers of color.

Pregnant person in a striped gray and black shirt holding a purple flower as someone touches their stomach

STUDY: Being Denied an Abortion is Detrimental to Long-Term Health

In the first study of its kind, researchers looked at illness in people denied abortions compared to those who were able to obtain the medical procedure.

Linda Taylor. Black woman in a black and white photo, wearing a fur coat with her hand on her hat walking in parking lot in Chicago.

LISTEN: Code Switch Dives Into Story Behind the 'Welfare Queen'

The podcast offers an in-depth look at Linda Taylor, the first woman to be called a “welfare queen,” and the political and policy consequences of the racist stereotype.

Protesters shout and raise fists outside a Flint, Michigan, municipal building.

Flint Update: Prosecutors Examine Phone And Hard Drive of Former Governor Rick Snyder

A search warrant was executed to delve into data stored on devices used by Snyder and 66 other government officials.

protestors hold signs against the Dakota Access pipeline

Trump Administration Seeks More Prison Time For Pipeline Protesters

The Department of Transportation wants Congress to update the law to send anti-pipeline activists to prison for up to 20 years.

outside of St. Louis Planned Parenthood with Missouri and U.S. flags

Missouri's One Abortion Clinic Will Stay Open—For Now

A judge temporarily stopped the state from revoking St. Louis Planned Parenthood’s license.

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READ: The Me Too Movement in Indigenous Communities

An investigation into why so many Native women are assaulted and harassed—and how they are advocating for themselves.

women hold signs in support of abortion rights outside Supreme Court

Supreme Court Issues Partial Ruling on Indiana Abortion Law

The justices did not rule on the part of the law that addresses the constitutionality of the medical procedure.

Black woman standing in front of signs supporting abortion rights

ICYMI: Court Blocks Mississippi's 6-Week Abortion Ban

In his ruling, United States District Judge Carlton W. Reeves began with four telling words: “Here we go again.” 

outside shot of Manhattan's federal courthouse

Two Dozen States and Cities Sue Trump Administration to Protect Reproductive Rights

The lawsuits seek to block the “conscience rule,” which allows health care providers to deny abortion care and other legal medical services.

Male farmers in a fruit field in Central Valley, California

READ: California Water Crisis Hits Latinx Farmworkers

A New York Times article examines how the success of the state’s agricultural industry is polluting the water of the people who work in it.

back of a Black couple facing an altar in Dallas at nighttime vigil

ICYMI: Report Finds Nearly Half of Transgender Southerners Experience Violence

The numbers were higher for transgender people of color.

Roger Smitherman of Alabama state senate at a podium

Alabama Passes Bill That Effectively Bans Abortion

The nation’s most restrictive law was drafted with the hope that it will lead to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.