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I'm a journalist based in NYC. I write about social justice, politics, policy, the criminal justice system, and whatever else catches my eye.

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TakePart

What McKinney Says About White American Fear of Black Citizens ...

The McKinney, Texas, incident is the latest flash point in our country’s persistent problem with race.

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ThinkProgress

Inside The Quiet Struggle For LGBT Rights In Ukraine

Unrest in Ukraine has displaced and endangered members of the LGBT community.

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Women Under Siege

The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

Her father helped her escape. He knew if she stayed in Ivory Coast, she’d be married against her will as a teenager, her genitals ritualistically cut, raped by her husband, and forced to bear his children. Her life as she knew it would end. She left for New York, where her father thought she would be safe.

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TakePart

Giving Vietnam Veterans a Second Chance to Come Home

Post-9/11 vets are helping an older generation experience a more friendly homecoming.

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TakePart

NY to DC: We'll Figure Out Immigration Reform on Our Own, Since You Can't

Policy reforms have stalled in Washington’s gridlock, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the country is willing to suffer.

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TakePart

Having Lost Kin to Police Brutality These Families Protested to Make ...

Having Lost Kin to Police Brutality These Families ...

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TakePart

Despite Orders to Free Prisoners, Officials Cling to Cheap Inmate ...

As California’s historic drought conditions coincide with the success of criminal justice reform initiatives, some state officials look to be in open panic.

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TakePart

Where Is the Tea Party of the Left?

Despite the rise of Warren Democrats and de Blasio Democrats, there’s still little chance of a progressive third party.

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TakePart

5 Unexpected Hotbeds of Liberal Politics in This Election

These blue candidates have gone deep into red country to campaign.

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Salon

Courtrooms are inaccessible by design - Salon.com

Courtrooms are inaccessible by design - Salon.com

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Want a Female Candidate to Lose An Election? Talk About Her Appearance

'Name it. Change It,' a new study/campaign from the Women's Media Center (WMC) found that any mention of a female candidate's appearance by the media damages her chances of being elected....

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ACLU

Hundreds of Economists: Marijuana Prohibition Costs Billions, Legalization Would Earn Billions

Over 300 economists, including three Nobel Laureates, recently signed a petition that encourages the president, Congress, governors and state legislatures to carefully consider marijuana legalization in America.......

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TakePart

The Complicated, Sometimes Heartbreaking Reality Happening in a ...

Experiencing a taste of another culture isn’t quite as simple as trying the food.

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TakePart

Here's Why a Cross-Dressing Diva Is a Lens Into Europe's Political ...

Here's Why a Cross-Dressing Diva Is a Lens Into Eur...

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TakePart

Occupy Activist Who Was Jailed After Clearing of Zuccotti Park Now ...

Cecily McMillan’s controversial arrest led her to a new cause.