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An empty hallway of enclosed prison cells with tray slots on the steel doors.

Death by Incarceration: America’s Aging Prison Population

The world’s largest carceral system oversees an aging prison population as incarcerated elders are condemned to a lifetime of confinement.

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The Attack on Native Children, Identity, and Sovereignty

The Supreme Court reviews a case that, if upheld, will reverse strides in rectifying the cultural genocide and displacement of Native families.

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The Lingering Punishment After Leaving Prison

If you were designing a system that ensured those leaving prison returned, you’d end up with something similar to the current U.S. prisoner reentry landscape.

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Nine rows of plastic water bottles that only show the tops are lined up in a checkerboard pattern.

A Water Emergency Downstream from a National Crisis

Nationwide, numerous U.S. cities are dealing with some form of water contamination, lack of drinkable water, and outdated infrastructure, similar to the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi.

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A barn raising during the day. People standing on the wood framing of the structure, from the roof to the interior.

How Equity Can Build Better Organizations

We know that the responsibility of advancing DEI doesn’t just lie with individuals who hold positional power—it requires all of us.

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Richard Loving lays in the lap of wife, Mildred Loving on the couch.

The History of Loving Day and the Fight for Interracial Marriage

More than 60 years later, the Loving v. Virginia case continues to be “one of the most significant legal decisions of the civil rights era.”

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Why Taco Stands Might Fix What Curfews Cannot

With Jim Crow-era origins, curfew laws fail to protect public safety; instead, they ensure marginalized young people are criminalized.

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The Cycle of Harm in Over-Policing Black and Brown Communities

The story of Jayland Walker, who was shot over 60 times after a routine traffic stop, underscores how inequitable policing is and how over-policing harms marginalized communities.

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The Fight Against Pesticides in Communities of Color

Pesticides have a long history in communities of color in the United States, and like most issues that affect these communities, it is rooted in institutional racism.

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The Controversy Behind Cleopatra’s Racial Identity

A new docudrama on Queen Cleopatra has been “canceled” because it cast a mixed-race actress in the role of the pharaoh.

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