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Colorlines' Greatest Hits of 2014

Colorlines’ Greatest Hits of 2014

by Akiba Solomon on December 22 2014, 5:05PM

In the run-up to 2015, some of our writers and editors reflected on our favorite Colorlines stories to write and read in 2014.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Ferguson, Gender & Sexuality, Immigration, Labor, Life Cycles of Inequity

The Untold Story of Black Fatherhood

The Untold Story of Black Fatherhood

by Stacia L. Brown on November 18 2014, 7:00AM

The constant refrain about a crisis of black fatherhood obscures out a far more complex reality in black families.

Topics: Dispatches, Society

Dispatch from Ferguson: Convenience Store Owners Talk Race

Dispatch from Ferguson: Convenience Store Owners Talk Race

by Deepa Iyer on October 14 2014, 7:00AM

In Ferguson for the National Weekend of Resistance, activist and writer Deepa Iyer talked to area South Asian and Arab-American shopkeepers about race, community and police.

Topics: Dispatches, Ferguson

Get on the Bus: Inside the Black Life Matters 'Freedom Ride' to Ferguson

Get on the Bus: Inside the Black Life Matters ‘Freedom Ride’ to Ferguson

by Akiba Solomon on September 5 2014, 11:00AM

Over Labor Day weekend, Akiba Solomon took a 21-hour bus ride to Michael Brown’s town with a group of black activists traveling under the name Black Life Matters. Here’s some of what happened during the jam-packed days.

Topics: Dispatches, Ferguson

Dispatch From Chicago: War Abroad Touches Palestinian-American Youth

Dispatch From Chicago: War Abroad Touches Palestinian-American Youth

by Julianne Hing on August 14 2014, 7:00AM

What does it mean to be young and Palestinian and American in this moment in history?

Topics: Dispatches, Schools & Youth

Dispatch from Murrieta, Calif.: Protesting Migrant Children

Dispatch from Murrieta, Calif.: Protesting Migrant Children

by Julianne Hing on July 16 2014, 7:00AM

Murietta, Calif., has made national news because protesters have blocked busloads of undocumented, unaccompanied minors from entering its Border Patrol station. Inside a rapidly changing town on edge.

Topics: Child Migrants, Dispatches, Immigration

Why Young, Black Men Can't Work

Why Young, Black Men Can’t Work

by Kai Wright on June 25 2014, 7:00AM

It’s not just criminal records. The job market for recent high school graduates is shaped profoundly by race and gender.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy, Economy

Race, Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Race, Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2014, 7:00AM

A nascent program in Oakland schools is trying to disentangle the threads that many believe drag black boys out of classrooms and into jails.

Topics: Dispatches, Schools & Youth, Schools & Youth

Dispatch From Philadelphia: The Brutal End of Public Education

Dispatch From Philadelphia: The Brutal End of Public Education

by Julianne Hing on November 13 2013, 7:00AM

This is what austerity and “reform” look like.

Topics: Dispatches, Schools & Youth

Dispatch From Eloy: Detained, and Waiting for Reform

Dispatch From Eloy: Detained, and Waiting for Reform

by Aura Bogado on October 3 2013, 7:00AM

Inside Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, the newly prolonged wait for immigration reform is drearily familiar.

Topics: Deportation, Dispatches, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Dispatch From Oak Creek: Healing Wounds, Stopping Hate

Dispatch From Oak Creek: Healing Wounds, Stopping Hate

by Deepa Iyer on August 7 2013, 7:45AM

One year after white supremacist Wade Michael Page killed six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, a reflection on the lives lost and lessons learned

Topics: Dispatches, Sikh Murders

Dispatch From Academia: Equity in the Archives

Dispatch From Academia: Equity in the Archives

by Eve Dunbar on June 24 2013, 8:56AM

Affirmative action changed my life plan. I fear that won’t be true for young women like me tomorrow.

Topics: Affirmative Action, Dispatches, Schools & Youth

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD's Protection

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD’s Protection

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 11:03AM

As the department’s stop-and-frisk program heads to court this week, the scene in Flatbush reveals just how tired many communities have become of the city’s policing style.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Stop and Frisk

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence...But How?

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence…But How?

by Jamilah King on February 7 2013, 8:42AM

As the city becomes the face of urban gun violence, those working directly with the youth being killed struggle for satisfying answers.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns, Schools & Youth

A Tech Innovation in Detroit: Connect People, Not Computers

A Tech Innovation in Detroit: Connect People, Not Computers

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 10:05AM

A technology project in Detroit is making in-roads based on an old school philosophy that the Internet can’t solve every problem by itself.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy, Media

As the Court Decides Health Reform, East Oakland Fights for the Basics

As the Court Decides Health Reform, East Oakland Fights for the Basics

by Tram Nguyen on May 22 2012, 9:21AM

Once home to good manufacturing jobs, East Oakland today is a microcosm of the structural components of racial health disparities. One community-led health project could be a model for the future.

Topics: Dispatches, Health

Kelley Williams-Bolar's Long, Winding Fight to Educate Her Daughters

Kelley Williams-Bolar’s Long, Winding Fight to Educate Her Daughters

by Julianne Hing on May 16 2012, 9:30AM

When the Ohio mom was prosecuted last year for sending her daughters to a neighboring school district, her story became a cause celebre. Now, she’s joined a growing movement for more parental control over school reform. But is it just a front for privatization?

Topics: Dispatches, Education Reform, Schools & Youth

A Group of Parents in the Calif. Desert May Be the Future of School Reform

A Group of Parents in the Calif. Desert May Be the Future of School Reform

by Julianne Hing on February 15 2012, 9:53AM

Parents are no longer content to let politicians and policy makers lead the debate. But does the answer many are embracing turn them into an astroturf movement for dismantling public schools?

Topics: Dispatches, Education Reform, Schools & Youth

How East Haven, Conn., Became Synonymous With Racial Profiling

How East Haven, Conn., Became Synonymous With Racial Profiling

by on February 2 2012, 10:22AM

Even if the town cops’ lawlessness is fixed, questions remain that go far beyond East Haven’s city limits. The issue was not just that racist local cops wanted to deport immigrants; it’s that federal immigration authorities obliged them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Immigration

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our 'Humane' Immigration Jails

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our ‘Humane’ Immigration Jails

by on January 4 2012, 9:19AM

Deporting 400,000 people a year means big business for the rural towns and private prison contractors that warehouse many detained immigrants.

Topics: Deportation, Dispatches, Immigration

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