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Residents in Pittsburgh have seen their water bills climb as high as 600 percent, and after the city began shutting off water-bill deliquent hones, some filed a class action lawsuit. In the process they discovered the private water corporation that's really pulling the strings.
What happened to Alan was a horrific expression of how divestment from mental health services and the criminalization of mental illness can have a particularly lethal impact on people of color
How a jailhouse informant for the Detroit Police sent Lacino Hamilton to prison, and what Hamilton's fight to be released has revealed.
Dozens of public officials, company executives, attorneys and consultants gathered in Charleston, SC to portend the future of the water industry in the Southeast United States. Beyond the region, their discussion was aimed at reimagining the future of the entire country's water infrastructure needs - including their hopes to move it into private hands.
As City Hall attempts to jam thousands more housing units concurrently with new commercial development near subway lines, it is presenting the Lefferts Gardens community with an ultimatum: Accept new development in the name of affordable housing so that other parts of the neighborhood will be shielded from rising real estate values, or be left at the mercy of market forces that have transformed other neighborhoods.
Downtown Los Angeles is home of two extreme phenomena: hypergentrification and a homeless population rising more rapidly than any other city in the nation. Now a group of grassroots activists--many who are homeless--are squaring off with a developer over the use of an old hotel.
It wasn't a moral choice, as the city's mayor claimed. It was a matter of land and money.
The Grange - whose members are called "grangers" - is one of the oldest civic institutions for farmers in the United States, but resistance to Big Agriculture's agenda is creating a rift between old and new grangers. In recent years, some newer grangers have looked to their roots to reimagine the organization as a force to resist Big Ag's dominance over food.
The record suggests that "broken windows" policing isn't about making a dangerous neighborhood safer for those who live there so much as it is about using police power to scythe the way forward for the gentrification process.
Hate crime legislation lent legitimacy to a 40-year carceral program that has wrought immense damage on communities of color. In an ironic twist, the police - who've been the main enforcers of this program - now want to invoke these laws for their protection.
Predictive policing and gunshot detection drones: Welcome to broken windows policing 2.0.
What is the social impact of a cop booster program like "Chicago PD"? What audience - and what ends - does it serve?
While a burgeoning class of weed elite is hoping to turn marijuana into the next great American industry, others resist the corporatization of cannabis.
Why aren't more progressive-oriented states legalizing marijuana? A look at how New York state's police departments - and legislative candidates - are funded may provide a clue.