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Both the perpetrators and victims of violent attacks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina share their stories in vivid detail.

Hysteria over looters in the storm-ravaged city had grave unintended consequences. Justice must be done.

Did New Orleans police play a role in the grisly death of Henry Glover?

White vigilante justice tore through New Orleans after the storm. But no official investigation has shed light on the violence.

Two new books uncover the colonial origins and musical roots of New Orleans.

Hurricane Gustav should have been political rat poison for the GOP; instead, it became an argument for drilling.

It took Gustav to make Hurricane Katrina a campaign issue.

After Katrina, white parishes are zoning minorities right out of the reconstruction.

Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder discusses the need to focus on rebuilding American cities from the inside out.

Loan-sharking has resurged with global force, cutting across class, race and regions: we're all in the ghetto now.

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Taxi and livery drivers suffer homicide rates twenty to thirty times higher than other occupations.

October 24, 2014

Human Resources Administration announces changes to a system long critiqued by advocates.

October 8, 2014

The courts want to offer sex workers “compassion”—but maybe agency would be more useful.

October 6, 2014

The de Blasio administration unveils an ambitious plan: reduce emissions and inequality at the same time.

September 24, 2014

There’s no evidence that credit reports reveal an applicant’s competence but plenty of evidence that shows they invade privacy and institutionalize discrimination.

September 12, 2014

Lessons from Missouri should steer us toward new national policies and an embrace of policing that respects civil liberties.

August 15, 2014

Why has the response to Michael Brown’s murder been to crack down on dissent and arrest journalists?

August 14, 2014

Officials have temporarily suspended water shutoffs, and activists are working to create permanent protections for low-income families.

July 22, 2014

Unions, community and religious groups organize to prioritize the interests of working families over the interests of Wall Street bankers.

July 17, 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department plans to shut off water for delinquent customers at a rate of 1,500 to 3,000 this summer. 

July 11, 2014