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Despite Prosecutor’s Attempts to Stop Her, Georgia Woman Keeps Registering Voters
by Adam Lynch
Jim Crow endures in Georgia as voter suppression efforts persist across the state. But get-out-the-vote activists are undaunted.
Just One State Stands Between Women’s Rights and the Constitution
by Tina Rodia
Movements such as #MeToo and #SheShouldRun have re-energized the Equal Rights Amendment.
Supreme Court Affirms Native American Treaty Rights to Harvest Salmon
by Terri Hansen
The decision upholds 19th century promises and should increase the number of fish for everyone.
It’s Young Black Women’s Turn in Michigan
by J. Gabriel Ware
At 23, Myya Jones is running for state representative. She’s at the forefront of a wave of Black women running for office.
California’s Low Turnout Suggests Voters Need a Better Reason to Show Up
by Chris Winters
Still, there are signs of progress that could lead to increased turnout come November, including 1,800 women running for federal and state offices.
Why Mister Rogers’ Message of Love Is Good for Your Health
by Richard Gunderman
Evidence has mounted that he was on to something—people who express love and kindness really do regularly lead healthier lives.
How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds
by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz
Heirlooms are irresistible, not just because they’re delicious, but because growing them defies capitalism.
Partisan Gerrymandering Could Soon Be Unconstitutional
by Fran Korten
Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on two cases, anti-gerrymandering action at the state level is well underway.
My Life-Changing Switch to Only TV Shows That Feature Real Black Lives
by Zenobia Jeffries
Three years ago I left behind television’s traditional White male narrative and found shows that affirm Blackness.
How California Could Get Its Money Out of Wall Street
by Ellen Brown
The world’s fifth largest economy could keep the money in a state-owned bank to fund local infrastructure.
On the Diversity of Black Identity
by Alan King
A Black poet answers the questions you’re too afraid to ask.
Blacksmiths Turn Unwanted Guns Into Garden Tools
by Julia Travers
Shotguns often become hand spades, and a weapon like the AR-15 that was used in recent mass shootings has a thicker barrel that suits an afterlife as a mattock.
Montana Center Destroys Unwanted Guns—Trying to Make a Dent in 300 Million
by Gabriel Furshong
Most of the center’s clients have been middle-aged people who inherit guns and don’t want them ending up in the wrong hands.
Ever Wonder How Rainfall Affects Your Peanut Butter Sandwich Habit?
by Angela Fichter
Climate change will impact agriculture and food supplies. That’s why this digital classroom is teaching food literacy.
Forget FEMA Trailers: Here’s How to House People in a Hurry
by Daniel Tyx
“We don’t need to wait for a hurricane to hit. We can get started with the recovery right now.”