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Karina Piser is a freelance writer.
February 19, 2021
How Public Schools Became America’s Social Safety Net
Even without sufficient resources, schools serve as a critical source of support for disadvantaged kids.
June 24, 2020
Unions Are Taking a Stand for Black Lives
A dock shutdown in Oakland heralds an alliance between antiracist activism and organized labor.
June 2, 2020
The Pandemic Has Sent Child Hunger to Record Levels
Ninety percent of US counties with high rates of childhood hunger are rural, a new study finds.
Jails and Prisons
April 20, 2020
The Devastating Emotional Toll of Suspending Prison Visits
To insulate facilities from the coronavirus, prisons and jails are not allowing people to see their incarcerated loved ones.
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February 21, 2020
Sochie Nnaemeka Wants to Take On Corporate Democrats
The new director of the Working Families Party in New York wants to unite the left against Governor Andrew Cuomo and his austerity politics.
February 19, 2020
The Walking While Trans Ban Is ‘Stop and Frisk 2.0’
New laws, coupled with older ones, form a web of constraints that marginalize trans people.
June 7, 2019
The European Left’s Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn
In Denmark, the center left returned to power only by lurching to the right on immigration.
Gender and Sexuality
November 2, 2018
In France, Is the #MeToo Movement Passé?
The idea that seduction is part of French national identity is blocking critical reflection on power, sex, and liberation.
September 18, 2018
Is France Finally Reckoning With Its Brutal Past?
Macron's acknowledgement of French torture during the Algerian war was unprecedented—but what comes next?
Race and Ethnicity
August 10, 2018
Breaking France’s Race Taboo
A new generation of activists is trying to change the way France conceives of race.