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.
What Joe Arpaio represents in today’s American West
What Joe Arpaio represents in today’s American West
The embattled lawman faces charges of criminal contempt.
Border Patrol arrests migrants seeking humanitarian aid
Border Patrol arrests migrants seeking humanitarian aid
As temperatures in the Southwest soar, advocates worry about border crossers.
A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights
A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights
The first in a series of lawsuits sides with tribal sovereignty.
Making the California coast public for all
Making the California coast public for all
Invisible barriers have kept people of color at bay.
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Worries about science censorship drove her from her post at the Energy Department.
Meet the people in the path of a massive pipeline expansion
Meet the people in the path of a massive pipeline expansion
Standing Rock tactics are being used in a Canada pipeline fight.
How low-wage immigrant workers are reviving unions
How low-wage immigrant workers are reviving unions
In Los Angeles, a steady movement takes hold under the Trump administration.
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
A new generation of activists on and off reservations struggle for visibility.
West Obsessed: The prison economy traps the innocent
West Obsessed: The prison economy traps the innocent
How a town dependent on incarceration came to be and what that meant for one asylum-seeker.
How far will Canada go to honor tribal sovereignty?
How far will Canada go to honor tribal sovereignty?
In pipeline fights, ‘there’s no process for Indigenous peoples to say no.’
The danger of urban ‘heat islands’
The danger of urban ‘heat islands’
How built-up cities and higher temperatures threaten human health.
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
After her husband’s death, a woman collects a new family.
How private prisons became a booming business
How private prisons became a booming business
The numbers and policies behind the immigration-incarceration economy.
How will Interior respond to Yellowstone harassment?
How will Interior respond to Yellowstone harassment?
An investigation found a culture of “inappropriate comments and actions.”
A farm town weighs protections for immigrants
A farm town weighs protections for immigrants
In Yakima, Washington, anxious migrant farmers worry about deportation.
What happens when the church comes for your kids?
What happens when the church comes for your kids?
Former FLDS members fight for their families and homes.
100 days: Pollution threatens marginalized communities
100 days: Pollution threatens marginalized communities
Environmental justice concerns may not get the attention they deserve.
What should a community do to protect its immigrants?
What should a community do to protect its immigrants?
A conservative county in Colorado grapples over a new political reality for its refugee and immigrant residents.
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
What ongoing legal battles tell us about protections for religious freedoms and government consultation with tribes.
Standing Rock is history repeating itself
Standing Rock is history repeating itself
We need to come to terms with our past and present treatment of tribes.
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