W is for White Privilege

California’s legalization of marijuana, which took effect on Jan. 1, allowed thousands to rush to the nearest dispensary to pick up an eighth. What...

Justice Waits on the Border

Friends dared 15-year-old Sergio Hernández to touch the chain link fence separating Mexico from the U.S., but he didn’t know he would lose his...

Re-Arming the War on Drugs

A person charged with drug possession could once again face between 20 years minimum and life in federal prison after a new policy memo...

Detention Centers Aren’t Daycares

Illustration by Manne Green It doesn’t matter if you’re 30 years old or 30 days old. To ICE,...

Immigrant Families Separated and Violated

No reasonable person would consider taking a first-grader away from the comfort of her mother, shipping her 2,000 miles away, and only allowing them...

We Believe Dr. Blasey Ford

Why are you afraid of flying? Why do you have two front doors? What music was playing when you were leaving the party? None...

Affirmative Action Must Stay

Few things are more unsettling to a privileged individual than feeling at a disadvantage. Privilege has a way of hiding itself in day-to-day life,...

‘Urban Renewal’ Destabilizes Established Neighborhoods

  It’s hard to overlook the changes in sights and sounds of Highland Park, a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. Walking through the community in...

Lethal Injections Lawsuit Demands Transparency

On the day Clayton Lockett was sentenced to be executed in Oklahoma, something went wrong. He should have died immediately, but instead­ he suffered for 43 minutes, writhing and convulsing in pain. Eventually, one of his veins ruptured, causing him to have a heart attack and die.

Louisiana Bill Changes Definition of Hate Crime

Hate crimes are a problem in America. They’re a problem anyone marginalized in our society for their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation or ability....
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