Social Justice

Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
In August, inmates renewed protests against solitary confinement and racially biased sentencing.
Idaho’s economy depends on ‘foreign-born’ workers
Idaho’s economy depends on ‘foreign-born’ workers
Immigration raids threaten the $10 billion dairy industry in the Gem State.
The West’s atomic past, in opera halls
The West’s atomic past, in opera halls
On stage and in Congress, Trinity test downwinders fight for recognition.
A strange feeling of safety for a black American
A strange feeling of safety for a black American
Under the gaze of tribal police, a writer finds a new sense of freedom.
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Violence, often thought of as ‘frontier justice,’ disproportionately targeted people of color.
How California is bringing solar energy to low-income renters
How California is bringing solar energy to low-income renters
An array on an infamous down-and-out building makes solar more equitable.
What the gay wedding cake ruling leaves unanswered
What the gay wedding cake ruling leaves unanswered
In a diverse society, rhetoric of religious freedom has often led to conflict.
Addressing climate grief makes you a badass, not a snowflake
Addressing climate grief makes you a badass, not a snowflake
Students studying the emotional toll of environmental loss faced a wave of vitriol.
Portland’s gentrification has its roots in racism
Portland’s gentrification has its roots in racism
Black Americans aren’t defined by poor schools, menial jobs, high crime and incarceration. They endure them.
‘Unlikely hikers’ gain traction
‘Unlikely hikers’ gain traction
Social media is raising the profile of underrepresented outdoor communities.
Rent hikes, homelessness and hunger in a small Western city
Rent hikes, homelessness and hunger in a small Western city
A writer in Ashland, Oregon, sees the problems that follow an influx of wealth.
California steps up for environmental justice
California steps up for environmental justice
In the absence of federal leadership, a new state office for communities affected by pollution takes shape.
Land trusts move from the country to the city
Land trusts move from the country to the city
To battle inequality and sprawl, conservation groups are looking beyond rural areas.
It’s time to read more books by Native women
It’s time to read more books by Native women
A list of female Native authors who are due for more recognition.
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
Long in the grips of industry, working-class parents take a lesson from their children.
The killing of Colten Boushie
The killing of Colten Boushie
Why the shooting of a Canadian Cree man has so many people angry.
A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban
A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban
How one Indigenous family is navigating two very different housing problems.
The class disparity in Montecito’s disaster recovery
The class disparity in Montecito’s disaster recovery
Southern California sits at the intersection of wealth, poverty and climate change.
The hidden health inequalities that Indigenous peoples face
The hidden health inequalities that Indigenous peoples face
Disparities are shaped by social inequality, historical trauma and discrimination.
Where #Metoo meets #MMIW
Where #Metoo meets #MMIW
The national conversation should include murdered and missing Indigenous women.
Nonprofits make rural home ownership more plausible
Nonprofits make rural home ownership more plausible
In the final part of a series on Boulder, Montana, a pathway for solutions for affordable housing woes.
There aren’t enough affordable homes for rural Montanans
There aren’t enough affordable homes for rural Montanans
In the second story of the series, the town of Boulder’s aging population is likely to put more pressure on housing.
How to turn a struggling small town around
How to turn a struggling small town around
In the first part of a series on Boulder, Montana, a well-rounded economic development effort.
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