Social Justice

What Comes Next for Portland’s Protests?

After more than 100 days of continual demonstrations, protesters in Portland are looking to the future—and each other—for ways to sustain their movement for Black lives.

Isabella Garcia | Dec 09, 2020
Social Justice

Reimagining a Better World After George Floyd’s Death

This special audio report from YES! and Public News Service explores the ways communities affected by police violence are organizing to keep each other safe, in Minneapolis and beyond.

Anoa Changa & Laura Rosbrow-Telem | May 24, 2021
Social Justice

So You Want to Document a Protest? Here’s What to Consider First

Seasoned community journalists have some words of wisdom before you decide to livestream your next protest.

Kit O'Connell | Nov 04, 2020
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Social Justice

Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways a California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities

“A critical look at any institution with as much power and authority invested in it as the police is probably a good thing.”

Steve Early | Nov 29, 2014
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Health & Happiness

Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother

Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. But he realizes that "the only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being."

Kayla Schultz | Dec 27, 2014
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Democracy

We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence

Recent research has shown cities what works. For starters, hire more female police officers.

Kate Stringer | Jul 08, 2016
Social Justice

How Portland Protesters Keep Each Other Safe

“Protesting ultimately isn’t safe and we’re not trying to say that it is,” says one Portland street medic. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t take care of each other.”

Isabella Garcia | Dec 09, 2020
Social Justice

Hip-Hop Continues a Protest Tradition That Dates Back to the Blues

Hip-hop artists have protested police violence in their music for decades, just like Southern blues and jazz artists did in the late 1800s.

Tyina Steptoe | Aug 07, 2020
Social Justice

As Black Immigrants, This Movement for Equality Is Ours, Too

A lot of Black immigrants like me have come to see that for our children to live the better lives we envisioned in this country, we need to be all-in against racism—no matter where or whom it strikes.

Macollvie J. Neel | Jul 14, 2020
Social Justice

Are Police Unions Part of the U.S. Labor Movement?

Historically, police have used their legal authority to protect businesses and private property over the working class.

Paul F. Clark | Aug 31, 2020
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Activism

How Black History Paves the Way for a Just Black Future

Alicia Garza is searching for Black-led solutions to some of the biggest problems of our democracy—solutions that go far beyond a hashtag.

Sonali Kolhatkar | Feb 01, 2023
Racial Justice

Rochester Police Killed an Unarmed Black Man Having a Mental Health Crisis

“I placed the phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched," says Joseph Prude.

N. Jamiyla Chisholm | Sep 10, 2020
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Social Justice

How This Database Is Tracking and Exposing Officers’ Bigoted Facebook Posts

It’s found more than 5,000 racist, sexist, and Islamophobic Facebook posts and comments by law enforcement.

Lornet Turnbull | Jun 26, 2019
Social Justice

Inside Portland’s Autonomous Protest Movement

Portland, Oregon’s five months of ongoing protests in support of Black lives are sustained by a vast, multifaceted, and ever-evolving network of activists, organizers, and mutual aid.

Isabella Garcia | Dec 09, 2020
Social Justice

Cities Reimagine Public Safety Amid Calls to #DefundPolice

Lawmakers across the country are proposing policy measures to cut or loosen ties to traditional policing.

Lornet Turnbull | Jun 11, 2020
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