Social Justice

Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Resilience depends on economics and history as much as fuel.
Standing Rock’s countdown to Election Day
Standing Rock’s countdown to Election Day
With restrictive new voter ID laws, Standing Rock leadership is sent into overdrive.
Is Arizona purposely keeping minority voters from the polls?
Is Arizona purposely keeping minority voters from the polls?
Since 2013, new laws have made it harder to vote — particularly for certain groups.
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.
The Western origins of the sanctuary movement
The Western origins of the sanctuary movement
Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation.
A way of unforgetting
A way of unforgetting
Author Lauret Savoy on tracing personal and national history through landscapes.
EPA cuts will hit minority communities hardest
EPA cuts will hit minority communities hardest
Trump proposes an end to the office that protects low-income areas from pollution.
Jordan Downs’ toxic legacy
Jordan Downs’ toxic legacy
A public housing project in Los Angeles seeks to redevelop without a proper cleanup.
How a Chicano band blends urban and wild life
How a Chicano band blends urban and wild life
Quetzal finds a sense of place in East Los Angeles.
When the power of protest works
When the power of protest works
Organized dissent helped kill Rep. Chaffetz’s public-lands transfer bill.
ICE raids confirm worst fears of young immigrants
ICE raids confirm worst fears of young immigrants
Immigration sweeps are having a chilling effect on Dreamers, key leaders in the California resistance.
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