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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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