40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today—What the U.S. Really Owes Black America
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Jeff NeumannMay 14, 2015
- Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?
How Lynching Shaped American History—From the Old South to Modern Prisons
by Liz PleasantMay 13, 2015
- For Bryan Stevensen, the largest evil surrounding African-American history isn’t slavery, but the pervasiveness of white supremacy and the difficulty we have discussing it openly.
Even in a Drought, California Farms Have a Future—But They’ll Need Local Control to Succeed
by Keith HarringtonMay 12, 2015
- Some California farmers have discovered ways to farm that use very little water, yet thirstier methods still dominate. What gives?
Want the Best Solutions for California’s Epic Drought? Ask a Farmworker from the Central Valley
by Sarah MirkMay 12, 2015
- “Low-income disadvantaged communities are the best water conservationists: At the end of the day, we’re not going to waste water because it costs money.”
You’ve Heard What’s Wrong in Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood. Here’s One Local’s Vision for Turning That Around
by Mary HansenMay 11, 2015
- Blaize Connelly-Duggan’s vision for the neighborhood is all about community ownership and development without displacement.
Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz PleasantMay 08, 2015
- John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
These Moms Lost Their Kids to Violence. On Mother's Day Weekend, They're Marching on Washington
by Araz Hachadourian, Mary HansenMay 08, 2015
- Maria Hamilton's son Dontre was killed by police officers. After no one was charged, she sought out hundreds of other parents and decided to take their demands to Washington.
After Years of Living as Squatters, These Filipino Neighbors Fought for Nice, New Homes in Their Community—And Won
by Aurora AlmendralMay 07, 2015
- When the Manila government proposed relocating squatter families out of the city, residents came together and asked for housing in their own neighborhood.
Job Opening: YES! Reporting Fellow
May 07, 2015
- This position is ideal for journalists from underrepresented communities who are somewhat obsessed with things like worker-owned cooperatives, community banking, and land trusts—and how clever people are using them to build a world that works for everybody
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy MitchellMay 06, 2015
- While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
Tiny Houses in Paradise! 20 Incredible Vacation Rentals on Airbnb
by Cat JohnsonMay 06, 2015
- From caves in Spain to treehouses in Cape Town, check out Airbnb's best tiny house destinations.
Young Guatemalan Farmers Fight For Land Rights, Local Food, and Sustainable Traditions Endangered by Global Trade Deals
by Jeff AbbottMay 05, 2015
- The same forces that have driven many onto the migrant trail have led to the emergence of a movement of young campesinos organizing to stay on their land.
Call for Submissions: Our Minds, Bodies, and Well-Being
May 04, 2015
- From healing personal trauma to building safe and sustainable communities, we're going to explore what health means today. Send us your pitches by May 20!
Baltimoreans Celebrate Charging of Officers—But Say It’s Just First Step
by Mary Hansen, Araz HachadourianMay 02, 2015
- “It’s not ‘game over,’ it’s ‘game on.’ Now, we can actually start to see things happening.”
Meet the Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter—The Hashtag That Became a Civil Rights Movement
by Liz PleasantMay 01, 2015
- Alicia Garza and two friends first tweeted #BlackLivesMatter to spark a conversation after the death of Trayvon Martin. Three years later, their hashtag has become a movement.
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