The Nation

on Oct 8, 2014 - 15:48 PM ET
356,368 severly mentally ill people were imprisoned in 2012 in the US

This fall, we’ve partnered with the ACLU and Brave New Films to launch OverCriminalized, a video series highlighting the many social problems that we surprisingly expect the criminal justice system to solve. Focusing on mental illness, housing and drug dependency, the series sheds light on the damage done when we criminalize social problems and profiles innovative solutions that have proven to be far more effective than throwing people in jail.


on Oct 8, 2014 - 13:04 PM ET
Protest in Ferguson

We must not forget the murder of Michael Brown and the violent police crackdown on the community of Ferguson, Missouri. While the story was unique in the attention it received, it shed light on a national problem: our police are systematically targeting people of color, are alarmingly quick to use lethal force and are alienating communities by using equipment more appropriate to a war zone.

The history of racist and abusive policing in the United States is long and...

Activism, Police Brutality
on Sep 10, 2014 - 11:00 AM ET
Net neutrality protest

When people across the country visit many of their favorite sites today, they will be greeted by the “spinning wheel of death” that every frustrated Internet user knows as the sign of a slow connection. It isn’t because their computers are broken; it’s because a coalition of organizations including Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Free Press Action Fund, Reddit, Netflix and The Nation have banded together for today’s “...

Internet and New Media, Activism
on Sep 9, 2014 - 10:46 AM ET
An Apple store in China

Earlier this year, The Nation joined a campaign with Green America and China Labor Watch to call on Apple to protect workers in its supplier factories from dangerous chemicals. Just five months after we launched, we had good news to report, when the technology giant announced that it would ban the use of benzene and n-hexane in its final assembly factories.

While a step in the right direction, Apple’s announcement failed to address all of our...

Activism, Working Conditions
on Sep 4, 2014 - 13:58 PM ET
A woman protests police brutality in the wake of Mike Brown's death

Late this summer, the world’s eyes were on Ferguson, Missouri, as the killing of Michael Brown and the occupation of his community by a militarized police force shed light on our country’s long history of police brutality against people of color. For many, the events in Ferguson were eye-opening. But as Mychal Denzel Smith ...

Activism, Race and Religion
on Aug 19, 2014 - 08:45 AM ET
Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, MO

When residents of Ferguson, Missouri, took to the streets to protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, they were met with assault weapons, armored vehicles, tear gas and police decked out in full riot-gear. A community already suffering the loss of one of its own found their town occupied by what appeared to be a paramilitary force.

If the police looked ready to fight a war, it’s because that’s what their equipment...

Activism, Police Brutality