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Tunisia protest

You can’t always trace it, but everything and everyone has a genealogy.

Pope Francis

In attacking “the structural causes of inequality,” he is reviving that great movement’s “preferential option for the poor.”

Kremlevskaya Naberezhnaya street and Moscow skyline.

Questions from Novaya Gazeta on the Soviet Union, segregation and Russia today.

Airport workers

Passenger service workers earn significantly lower wages than the largely unionized airline employees with whom they work. Now they’re organizing to change that.

A wave of anti-gay laws have brought Russia’s LGBT movement into the international spotlight, but activists are divided over strategies, including proposed boycotts.

Obama at G20

Meanwhile, activists organized a counter-summit to discuss the problems world leaders were unwilling to address. 

Migrahack

How programmers, journalists and immigrant rights advocates are redefining hacking—for immigrant justice.

Drone strike in Yemen

For years I have written about mass incarceration, while staying mute about drones and other injustices. It is time to connect the dots.

Gay rights in Russia

Doesn’t a truly effective fight for LGBT rights in Russia need to be led by Russians?

California prisons

With Governor Jerry Brown taking a hardline position, strikers must turn to the courts, public opinion or the legislature.

Blogs

What looks like a night of “chaos” in Baltimore was just one freeze-frame in a long arc of urban crisis.

May 1, 2015

Even if the cops seize a phone and destroy it, the video will be saved.

May 1, 2015

The police department has used social media as virtual riot gear, manufacturing the narrative of violence in the digital realm as they were escalating it on the ground.

April 30, 2015

What change will a “peaceful” protest spark if a “peaceful” protest is so easy to ignore?

April 28, 2015

Longtime voters are being turned away from the polls by Texas’ voter-ID law

April 27, 2015

This week, students hit the streets for racial and economic justice.

April 24, 2015

The resource wars in Latin America are heating up, and the poor are paying the price.

April 22, 2015

After 150 years, it is time for the last Reconstruction Amendment.

April 16, 2015

When people ask me, “Who will protect us,” I want to say: Who protects you now?

April 9, 2015

Through a shared desire to balance a critique of racism with a call for personal responsibility, liberals and conservatives have been united in looking with exasperation at the black family, which dares to persist even where male breadwinners and wedding vows are in short supply.

April 7, 2015