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  • The SWOP letter

    The letter sent 20 years ago by the SouthWest Organizing Project sparked a reaction from the big greens, who have sought to partner with more diverse groups and include more people of color in their staffs, boards and membership.

  • Growing up political

    Growing up political

    Charles Conklin had an unlikely political career, successfully running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado -- for a time.

  • The Shot Heard Round the West

    The Shot Heard Round the West

    Twenty years after the SouthWest Organizing Project accused conservation groups of ignoring environmental justice, diversity in the movement remains elusive.

  • A Just West

    EPA, Black Caucus announce environmental justice tour

    Lisa Jackson and Barbara Lee to visit ravaged communities.

  • The Group of 10 respond

    Two decades after the SWOP letter, the big environmental groups report their progress on the issue of environmental justice.

  • Audio: Water wonk

    Audio: Water wonk

    Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.

  • The GOAT Blog

    The West leads the country in personal bankruptcy filings

    Increases in Arizona, California, Utah and Nevada double the national average in 2009

  • The GOAT Blog

    The fight over cap and trade

    Environmentalists debate as Copenhagen talks begin.

  • Betting on the rails

    Betting on the rails

    Warren Buffett buys Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Congress considers reforming railroad laws.

  • Deconstructing dueling claims

    Deconstructing dueling claims

    Writer Laura Paskus talks about the battle over New Mexico's Mount Taylor.

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