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Criminal Justice

Criminals, Victims and the Black Men Left Behind

by Carla Murphy, August 4, 2014

Young, black men in Chicago are far more likely to be touched by violent crime than any other group. But they're not innocent enough to get the help they need to recover.

Life Cycles of Inequity

Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men

by Kai Wright, May 11, 2014

A monthly series exploring the ways in which injustice impacts every stage of black male life.

Gender & Sexuality

The Missionary Movement to 'Save' Black Babies

by Akiba Solomon, May 2, 2013

Akiba Solomon looks inside the anti-abortion movement's evangelical drive to reach "urban" and "underserved" women and communities.

The Latest Investigations in Racial Justice

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

by Kai Wright on November 7 2013, 10:51AM

Employers are increasingly skirting the law with hiring bans on people with criminal records—a trend that has been devastating for black and Latino workers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Jobs Crisis

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

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers' Pay

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers’ Pay

by on June 19 2013, 7:00AM

Corporations like Burger King and Domino’s pay close attention to every detail of their franchisees business—except how they keep labor costs down.

Topics: Economy, How We Eat, Jobs Crisis

From Arizona to Montana, Native Voters Struggle for Democracy

From Arizona to Montana, Native Voters Struggle for Democracy

by Aura Bogado on January 28 2013, 9:39AM

Natives have proven crucial to Democrats’ success across the West, but their struggle for democracy remains one of the least acknowledged, ugly realities of every election.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years

Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years

by on December 17 2012, 9:45AM

New data obtained by Colorlines.com shows the disturbing pace of parental deportation has not changed, despite ICE vow to use greater “discretion.”

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Felipe Montes

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy's Slow Return

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy’s Slow Return

by Brentin Mock on October 24 2012, 9:28AM

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is restoring the voting rights of more formerly incarcerated residents than any previous administration. And it’s still a drop in the bucket.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

How Native Voters Are Routinely Disenfranchised in Arizona

How Native Voters Are Routinely Disenfranchised in Arizona

by Aura Bogado on October 18 2012, 10:00AM

From voter ID laws to inaccessible polling stations, Native voters in Arizona face a cascading series of hurdles to participating in the November election.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

by Akiba Solomon on October 11 2012, 9:54AM

Poor and uninsured women of color are starting to feel the results after two years of relentless attacks on family planning infrastructure. Akiba Solomon reports from Texas.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, War on Women

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn't Racist--Just Ask Artur Davis

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn’t Racist—Just Ask Artur Davis

by Brentin Mock on October 4 2012, 10:13AM

The black former congressman has emerged as the tea party’s new best friend, because he insists his colleagues in the southern Black Belt are the real threat to voting rights.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Florida's Felonious Voting Trap

Florida’s Felonious Voting Trap

by Brentin Mock on September 27 2012, 10:28AM

When it comes to determining who can and cannot vote, misinformation reigns. The tea party movement is eager to exploit that fact.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

How the Tea Party's Building a 'Poll Watcher' Network for November

How the Tea Party’s Building a ‘Poll Watcher’ Network for November

by Brentin Mock on August 23 2012, 9:43AM

True the Vote began as a small outfit in Houston three years ago. Now, its agenda for intimidating voters reaches all across the country.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

How the 'Best Interest' Bias of Family Court Threatens Immigrant Parents

How the ‘Best Interest’ Bias of Family Court Threatens Immigrant Parents

by on August 8 2012, 9:27AM

As recent news shows, determining what’s in a kid’s best interest is far from an objective standard. It’s easily swayed by biases about poor people, about undocumented people, about people of color.

Topics: Immigration, Felipe Montes

From Anaheim to Oakland, Police Brutality Still Plagues California

From Anaheim to Oakland, Police Brutality Still Plagues California

by Ali Winston on August 7 2012, 9:25AM

Recent news across the state offers stark reminders of how bad the relationship remains between militarized police forces and the black and brown neighborhoods they patrol.

Topics: Anaheim Police, Criminal Justice, Police Secrets

Florida to People of Color: Don't Vote Here

Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here

by Brentin Mock on June 29 2012, 9:38AM

What a difference an election makes. Since the 2010 Tea Party wins in Florida, the voting rights landscape has changed dramatically. What was once a discussion of expanding the vote is now all about shutting it down.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Early Voting, Politics

What Fires Young Progressives' Activism? A New Study Asks Them

What Fires Young Progressives’ Activism? A New Study Asks Them

by Rinku Sen on May 24 2012, 9:49AM

In one of the first studies involving Occupy participants, the Applied Research Center gathered young activists from multiple movements in focus groups to ask, What propels you to the political frontline?

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

by Brentin Mock on May 10 2012, 9:07AM

The campaign’s leader described how voters should feel while under the gaze of its observers: “Like driving and seeing the police following you.” The right casts this as the real civil rights battle of our time.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

by on May 7 2012, 10:07AM

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Topics: ALEC, Drug Tests, Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children

Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children

by on February 14 2012, 10:38AM

Nobody argues whether Felipe Montes is a great dad. But the state doesn’t want to send his U.S. citizen kids to Mexico, so he may lose them forever. The Montes are among a growing number of families facing similar crises.

Topics: Immigration, Felipe Montes

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

Infographic: What the New Digital Divide Looks Like Infographic

Infographic: What the New Digital Divide Looks Like

by Hatty Lee on December 6 2011, 10:21AM

The defining question of the information age is no longer whether you’re online, it’s how you got there. Here’s why your connection matters.

Topics: Media, New Digital Divide, Technology

How Big Telecom Used Smartphones to Create a New Digital Divide

How Big Telecom Used Smartphones to Create a New Digital Divide

by Jamilah King on December 6 2011, 10:19AM

The information age’s defining question is no longer who’s online, but how they got there. Consumers of color are closing the digital divide with smart phones. But they’ve surfed into a space where telecom has the right to do as it pleases with both users and content.

Topics: Media, New Digital Divide, Technology

U.S. Deports 46K Parents With Citizen Kids in Just Six Months

U.S. Deports 46K Parents With Citizen Kids in Just Six Months

by on November 3 2011, 9:30AM

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals nearly a quarter of people deported in first half of 2011 were parents with U.S. citizen children. That’s a dramatic increase from the 10-year period before the Obama administration.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration, Felipe Montes

Thousands of Kids Lost From Parents In U.S. Deportation System

Thousands of Kids Lost From Parents In U.S. Deportation System

by on November 2 2011, 8:00AM

A yearlong investigation by Colorlines.com’s publisher, the Applied Research Center, found more than 5,000 children stuck in foster care because their parents were detained by ICE. One in four deportees have U.S.-born kids and face total loss of parental rights.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration, Felipe Montes

How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair--and Changed Immigration Politics

How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair—and Changed Immigration Politics

by Gabriel Thompson on September 13 2011, 9:33AM

GOP strategists have won the messaging war—and Democrats have conceded defeat. Gabriel Thompson tells the long, sad story of D.C.’s immigrant-bashing rhetoric.

Topics: Immigration

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

by Ali Winston on August 17 2011, 9:54AM

A dramatic rollback in transparency laws five years ago left California residents with no way to monitor police misconduct complaints—and thus prevent future violence. A Colorlines.com investigation finds Oakland is one of the cities left most vulnerable.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Police Secrets

Don't Call Them

Don’t Call Them “Post-Racial”—How Young People Actually Think About Race

by Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 2:41PM

A three-part series in which Dom Apollon breaks down the findings from a series of focus groups with Millennials on everything from Barack Obama to criminal justice.

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Why Fixing Schools in a Broken Economy Isn't Simple Math

Why Fixing Schools in a Broken Economy Isn’t Simple Math

by Julianne Hing, Jorge Rivas, Hatty Lee on May 10 2011, 10:26AM

Julianne Hing spent the school year visiting families and educators in Los Angeles. She found them navigating a reality that bears little resemblance to today’s heated reform debate.

Topics: Schools & Youth

A Swamp of Predatory Lending Drowns Struggling Neighborhoods

A Swamp of Predatory Lending Drowns Struggling Neighborhoods

by Kai Wright on April 11 2011, 9:44AM

A growing number of states are trying to regulate high-cost, small-dollar loans. But the industry, with Wall Street’s backing, is moving fast to evade new rules.

Topics: Economy, Wealth Gap

Where Are the Obama Youth? Busy Building Their Own Futures Infographic

Where Are the Obama Youth? Busy Building Their Own Futures

by Jamilah King on October 29 2010, 10:58AM

Jamilah King asks Milwaukee’s crucial young voters what brings them to the polls. The answer isn’t a charismatic candidate.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Deportation Horror: A Journey From Texas to Bangladesh Play

Deportation Horror: A Journey From Texas to Bangladesh

by , Brian Palmer on October 7 2010, 4:59PM

Shahed Hossain describes his harrowing ordeal to ColorLines videographer Brian Palmer.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

by on October 7 2010, 10:36AM

Shahed Hossain’s shocking story reveals why Obama will have to use his power to halt mass deportations for any reform to work.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration

Race-Baiting the Gulf to Exploit Black and Brown Workers

Race-Baiting the Gulf to Exploit Black and Brown Workers

by Brentin Mock on September 30 2010, 11:54AM

Keilen Williams doesn’t know where to direct his economic frustrations. Scapegoating pols and profiteering capitalists tell him and other workers to blame each other.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Katrina Recovery

Working Together: Images from Point a la Hache, Louisiana Photo

Working Together: Images from Point a la Hache, Louisiana

by Shawn Escoffery on September 30 2010, 10:00AM

The fishers of Brentin Mock’s investigation into race-baiting in the Gulf recovery effort.

Topics: Katrina Recovery

Race and Recession: No Recovery for Communities of Color

Race and Recession: No Recovery for Communities of Color

by , Channing Kennedy, Hatty Lee on July 8 2010, 2:00PM

Our original report examined the racial inequity that helped create the recession—and that the crisis has in turn intensified. More than a year later, little has changed.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

America vs. the Census

America vs. the Census

by Kai Wright on May 10 2010, 12:00PM

The country’s 2010 effort to enumerate itself was more ambitious than ever—and may have been more consequential. But it’s complicated by the question it begs: Who does and doesn’t count?

Topics: Immigration, Politics

Selling Food Stamps for Kids' Shoes

Selling Food Stamps for Kids’ Shoes

by on February 16 2010, 12:00PM

Unable to find jobs, kicked off welfare, women in Connecticut are forced to sell food assistance to buy basic necessities.

Topics: Economy, Food Stamps

Her Crime? Sex Work in New Orleans

Her Crime? Sex Work in New Orleans

by Jordan Flaherty on January 13 2010, 12:00PM

With police charging sex workers as sex offenders, activists hope the city’s elections will pave the way for fighting the law.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Torn Apart by Deportation Play

Torn Apart by Deportation

by Julianne Hing, Seth Wessler, Jorge Rivas on October 22 2009, 12:00PM

ColorLines investigates the effects of deportation on families of color. Introducing a four-part series.

Topics: Immigration

Torn Apart, Families Struggle to Stay Together

Torn Apart, Families Struggle to Stay Together

by on October 22 2009, 9:44AM

This piece was co-authored by Seth Wessler and Julianne Hing. In recent months, the Obama administration has announced plans to expand the 287(g) program despite widespread abuses and racial profiling. It’s also pouring money into “Secure Communities,” a program that…

Topics: Immigration

Home in Name Only

Home in Name Only

by Julianne Hing on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

Deportees struggle to survive in an unfamiliar and unwelcoming place: the country of their birth.

Topics: Immigration

Double Punishment

Double Punishment

by on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

Families of color are punished twice by immigration and criminal justice systems that don’t provide equal justice.

Topics: Immigration