A Political and Literary Forum
Designed as a bucolic working-class suburb of St. Louis, the nearly all-black town of Centreville now floods with raw sewage every time it rains.
Kenya's poor were among the first to benefit from digital lending apps; now they call it slavery.
Kevin P. Donovan, Emma Park
The success of OxyContin hinged on racially bifurcated understandings of addiction. The fundamental division between “dope” and medicine, after all, has always been the race and class of users.
New York public housing is plagued with problems, but it possesses a democratic advantage that voucher systems lack: residents can hold the state accountable not only as tenants but as constituents.
Salonee Bhaman, Pedro A. Regalado
The misdemeanor system is four times the size of the felony system. With so many gradations of minor crimes—many involving fines in a very informal process—prejudice and inequality shapes prosecution.
Brandon L. Garrett
It's time to rewrite the narrative of “Trump Country.” Rural places weren't always red, and many are turning increasingly blue.
Harm reduction strategies have their roots in 1980s HIV activism, but they are starting to spread in rural America in response to the opioid crisis.
William J. Barber II on the the successes of civil disobedience, the failures of electoral campaigns, and why the South holds the key to transformation in this country.
Toussaint Losier, William J. Barber II
By examining the opioid crisis alongside the War on Drugs Murch brings an otherwise familiar story into new territory.
Deborah Chasman, Joshua Cohen
Suffering in Haiti is a manmade, not a natural, disaster.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
What we get wrong about the region.
In the 1990s, Puerto Rico showed Washington how militarized policing and privatization can extract profits from poor people of color.
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