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.
The companies behind DAPL don’t think they’ve lost
The companies behind DAPL don’t think they’ve lost
They “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting.”
Army Corps denies crucial DAPL easement
Army Corps denies crucial DAPL easement
Protesters react to the decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
In Bismarck, officials describe a chaotic mix of law enforcement and protesters.
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
‘Water protectors’ say they won’t move on a Dec. 5 eviction notice.
A showdown at Standing Rock is coming
A showdown at Standing Rock is coming
Army Corps orders evacuation, but support for protesters swells.
These maps help fill the gaps on the Dakota Access Pipeline
These maps help fill the gaps on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Meet the researcher mapping the threats to water security.
Obama weighs in on the Dakota Access pipeline
Obama weighs in on the Dakota Access pipeline
As protests intensify, U.S. Army Corps may consider ‘ways to reroute.’
Reckoning at Standing Rock
Reckoning at Standing Rock
Want to understand the pipeline protests? Start with the Founding Fathers.
A tax on carbon pollution faces surprising opposition
A tax on carbon pollution faces surprising opposition
Some environmental groups and social justice advocates are fighting a proposed emissions tax in Washington. What gives?
A helping hand for migrant students
A helping hand for migrant students
In the San Luis Valley, migrant workers build community around student success.
How the West’s populist politics play out at the ballot box
How the West’s populist politics play out at the ballot box
Voter-driven ballot initiatives are a powerful force during the Western election season.
The afterlife of cotton
The afterlife of cotton
Through the present and past of a border town, on the trail of literary legend José Revueltas.
Border triptych
Border triptych
Three poems for the Borderlands.
On borders, north and south
On borders, north and south
How the natural world challenges human notions of division.
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
The protests are fueled by a diverse array of causes, from tribal sovereignty to fossil fuel dependence.
Tribes win one fight, lose another in pipeline protest
Tribes win one fight, lose another in pipeline protest
The Obama administration intervened in favor of tribes, for now.
 Northern New Mexico’s fight against food insecurity
Northern New Mexico’s fight against food insecurity
In the region’s most impoverished rural areas, food pantries fill gaps of grocery stores.
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
In Colorado, a new movement aims to provide an alternative for people experiencing mental health crises. But does it work?
The West’s widening health care gaps
The West’s widening health care gaps
Changing demographics, including an aging rural population, put more pressure on health care systems.
Tribes band together to fight an oil pipeline
Tribes band together to fight an oil pipeline
The Standing Sioux protest in North Dakota reverberates around the world.
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