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How Data Can Stop Police Violence

How Data Can Stop Police Violence

Not long after the August 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Samuel Sinyangwe was watching the television coverage. Talking heads filled the screen, some saying police target Black people, while others said this was untrue. Sinyangwe, a data scientist who works at PolicyLink, noticed that no one seemed to have any hard numbers […]

Too Small to Fail

Too Small to Fail

Long bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund […]

Hope in a Bottle

Hope in a Bottle

When Myrna Sifuentes goes grocery shopping, there’s one thing that’s almost always on her list: water. Her household of five goes through three cases of bottled water per month. “I try to go to SAM’s Club so I get a better deal,” she said. Like pretty much everyone in Tornillo, Texas, a border town of about […]

Fields of Dreams

Fields of Dreams

It’s early morning and still dark in the border town of Yuma, Arizona when Liliana Arroyo and Ana Torres head out to the bus stop, a Circle K store, and finally, the fields. Stopping to chat with farmworkers making their way to work, the pair provide information – in English and Spanish – about health screenings […]

U.S. Prepares to Limit Payday Loans (en Español)

U.S. Prepares to Limit Payday Loans (en Español)

They’re marketed as a simple way to tide a borrower over to the next paycheck, but payday loans can have devastating effects. Millions of Americans get caught in what consumer rights advocates – and the U.S. Department of Defense – call the “payday loan debt trap,” which is when lenders make loans borrowers cannot afford […]

In 2014, Grassroots Advocates United and Made Progress

In 2014, Grassroots Advocates United and Made Progress

Faced with a lame-duck president and a do-nothing Congress, social justice advocates took a DIY approach to making change in 2014. Congress failed to raise the federal minimum wage, but cities and states, bowing to pressure from workers’ rights groups, enacted their own minimum-wage hikes. And, while waiting for executive action from President Barack Obama […]