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Can Tiny Houses Halt the Expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline?

(Ayşe Gürsöz is a fellow with the New Economies Reporting Project. This report first appeared in Colorlines.)

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100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units

There are nearly 100,000 people being held in solitary confinement today in America’s prisons. They are locked up in cramped, often windowless cells for nearly 24 hours a day. They eat alone. They exercise alone in small fenced-in areas known as cages or dog runs. They are almost completely segregated from the mainstream population and there are no programs available to them. Most aren’t allowed to make phone calls to loved ones. And they are often subject to extreme and excessive punishment, euphemistically called “cell extractions.” Robert Hillary King, an Angola 3 member who spent 29 years in solitary confinement, has called this isolation a matter of “moral depravity.”

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3 Ways Climate Change Will Have Unequal Economic Impacts Across U.S.

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The Flint Water Crisis Is a Result of Systemic Racism and History of Segregation

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In Oakland, School Program Focuses on Black Boys’ Success

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Aziz Ansari Brilliantly Trolls Rupert Murdoch for Anti-Muslim Tweets

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Rupert Murdoch thinks that all Muslims should be held responsible for what he calls the “growing jihadist cancer.”

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14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, I wanted to look back at the accomplishments of women of color who’ve been doing amazing work in the face of this really challenging and turbulent year. There would be no way to create a truly exhaustive list, so apologies in advance for all of the folks not included below. If you’re interested in perusing a much longer list, a post looking for suggestions on my Facebook page generated more than 50 possible women to recognize. Without further ado, 14 women of color who rocked 2014, in no particular order:

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Vanita Gupta (Photo courtesy of the ACLU)

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6 Things We Need to Do for Black Men in America

The following story first appeared in Colorlines. 

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Everyone in America Could Go to College for Free for the Amount of Money Spent on Mideast Wars

The United States is just three weeks into the latest phase of its effort in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group—but already there are calls for it to escalate.

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The Sewage-Filled Jail on ‘Orange is the New Black’ is Real

If you’re still looking for a way to connect the second season of “Orange is the New Black” to the real world, here’s your chance. The show was filmed at Riverhead correctional facility in Suffolk County, NY, where, true to a plot-line in the show, there’s an actual sewage back up.

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New "I Can't Wait" Campaign Illustrates Why Our Affordable Housing Crisis Needs to End

Reprinted with permission of  Colorlines.com. For more news from a racial justice perspective, sign up to receive weekly  Colorlines Direct.

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Infographic: Retailers Turn Thanksgiving Into Black Thursday

There are more than 16 million retail workers in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and this year many big-name stores have asked them to work through the Thanksgiving holiday. It seems Black Friday has now become Black Thursday, and at least a dozen stores are opening their doors in the middle of turkey day.

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Walmart Worker Arrested in Protest Explains Why She Took the Risk

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The Secret Behind New York's Alternative to a Prison Economy? Milk

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9 Things You Probably Don't Know About the Dream 9

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Watch: Activists Drop Off 70,000 Signatures Telling the New York Times to Drop the I-Word

On Tuesday April 23rd 2013, on the eve of renewed debate around US immigration policy, the Applied Research Center and the Drop the I-Word campaign led a coalition of activists, including Fernando Chavez (the son of Cesar Chavez) and Jose Antonio Vargas, to deliver 70,000 signatures to the New York Times, urging them to stop using the dehumanizing and inaccurate term "illegal immigrant" in their news coverage. Below, check out Jay Smooth's video of the event for Colorlines.com:

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Republicans Fulfill Their Cruel Ayn Rand Obsession With the Sequester

The following article first appeared in ColorLines.

The chaos set to be unleashed over the next month through the implementation of sequestration budget cuts is not an accident. For a large part of the Republican Party and the secretive billionaires that fund them, the disruptive shockwave that will be caused by investing less in historically marginalized communities is the point.

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How Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan Can Close the Huge Racial Wealth Gap

Last week I argued that the debate over taxes—a tussle at the heart of the current “fiscal cliff” discussions—is actually one about racial justice. Since questions of right and wrong must ultimately become about action, what America needs is a new tax policy that would get our financial house in order while fostering racial and economic fairness. The deficit reduction plan of independent United States Sen. Bernie Sanders would do just that.

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The Rights of Voters Got a Lot of Attention in '12 -- Here Are 10 Things We learned

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Watch: Cops Harass, Grope, and Threaten Teenager “For Being a F*cking Mutt"

The NYPD conducts more than 1,800 stop-and-frisks each day. The program has come under widespread condemnation by critics who say that it unfairly targets men of color. Now there’s proof. Here’s more from Ross Tuttle at The Nation:

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How Wall Street Profits from Kicking Black People Off Their Land

President Barack Obama gave an important speech this past Tuesday on the “modern day slavery”of human trafficking. On the very next day, The New York Times ran an article on the injustice looming over direct descendants of slaves here in the United States. Those descendants—the Geechee of Sapelo Island, Georgia—stand to lose their once “invaluable” land for the same reason that most traditional black and brown cultures have: someone else has noticed that a profit can be made by taking it.

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10 Leaders You Should Know About

The movement for LGBT rights and community has expanded well beyond the once-dominant circles of Washington, D.C., New York and California. Today, leaders in the South and Midwest are working to build their own political communities in their own ways—and increasingly, that means creating links between LGBT rights and the many other issues that impact their lives, including racial justice. In an accompanying article, “The New LGBT Politics,” I explore how that work is shaping the movement’s future. But just who are some of the folks leading that shift? Below are 10 such individuals and organizations—pastors and cyclists, artists and academics—who are helping to reshape the LGBT movement. 

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How Psychiatry Mistreats People of Color

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How the Super Bowl Became the Center of a Political Showdown for Players and Workers

 Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was not supposed to be among this year’s Super Bowl story lines. This year’s contenders, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, should instead be taking center stage. Yet less than a week before America’s biggest sporting event of the year kicks off in Indianapolis, Gov. Daniels’  fight with the state’s unionized workers over legislation that could curtail the power of their collective bargaining rights has given a new national platform to the right wing’s bitter, decades-old war against unions.

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Oakland Residents Rise Up to Protest Brutal Murder By Police

This piece was originally posted last evening at RaceWire, the blog for ColorLines.

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