Social Justice


Black Lives Matter activists Lamont Lilly and Marc Hill and Maurice Mitchell
Heroes of 2020: Black Activists on the Protests That Were and the Work That’s Still to Be Done in 2021

Black activists organized for racial justice for years, but the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police pushed a large, diverse swath of protesters to support them.

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How Four Young Activists Pushed Through the Sh*tshow of 2020 Without Giving Up

"I was burnt out every single day. From grieving the losses of Black lives to being arrested and being affected by police brutality myself, I was in a dark place."

workers in the Capitol building removing a confederate statue to replace it with civil rights icon Barbara Johns
Civil Rights Icon Barbara Johns Statue to Replace Robert E. Lee’s at US Capitol

At the age of 16, Johns led the school walkout that helped desegregate public schools in the US. Soon, her statue will stand in the Capitol building in place of the longstanding confederate monument.

Black-owned bookstore owner Ali Nervis displaying anti-racist books in his store
Black-Owned Bookstores Are on the Brink. A Temporary Interest in Anti-Racism Books Won’t Save Them.

Between the failure of the Small Business Administration pandemic relief programs and Amazon’s huge presence in online book sales, already vulnerable Black-owned bookstores are left unprotected.

President-elect Joe Biden met with leaders of major US civil rights groups to discuss his plans to address systemic racism, from the government to the American people.
Biden Rode to Victory on a Wave of Black Votes. Now Leaders Want Results.

Civil rights leaders played a pivotal role in delivering Joe Biden’s victory. Now they’re asking the president-elect to make good on campaign promises to fight structural disparities.

A bipartisan group in the House and Senate delivered a rebuke of Trump's response to summer protests with a defense bill that requires federal officers to identify themselves at demonstrations. Image via Shutterstock
Mysterious Federal Officers Cracked Down on Protesters This Summer. Congress May Finally Be Responding.

Congress' annual defense authorization bill requires federal law enforcement agents to display identification while enacting with citizens, a seeming rebuke of actions at this year's protests.

Mental health first-responder programs are being launched in cities like New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere as an attempt to diminish police violence.
Mental Illness Is Not a Crime, So Why Do We Police It Like One?

American cities are finally implementing first-responder programs that send behavioral health professionals—not cops—to non-violent and mental health-related crises.