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illustration by Mike McQuade

illustration by Mike McQuade

Why is This Sex Worker in Jail for Surviving?

Alisha Walker is serving a 15-year sentence after killing a client who came at her with a knife. She says it was self-defense.

DNAinfo/Sam Cholke.

DNAinfo/Sam Cholke.

A History of Resistance

At its core, the history of the hunger strike is the history of disenfranchised people, particularly people of color, fighting against injustice in any way possible. Jeanette Taylor and the Dyett 12 are part of that lineage..

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix’s Offer of Paid Family Leave Only to Salaried Workers Reflects Larger Divide in Tech

Netflix's new leave policy is the latest development in the private sector that illustrates the widening disparities in benefits, wages and standards of living between "elite" tech workers and low-wage service workers in this rapidly growing industry.

Michelle Gunderson/Twitter

Michelle Gunderson/Twitter

Hundreds Take to the Streets Over Chicago Board of Education’s Decision to Further Slash CPS Funding

"We need teachers! We need books! We need the money that the banks took!" chanted a group of protesters outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) headquarters July 22. The crowd was protesting the Board of Education's recent decision to slash funding to Chicago schools by $200 million while paying massive amounts of debt to banks like Bank of America.

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What Happened to Sandra Bland?

Sandra Bland. Say her name.

The twenty-eight-year-old African-American woman has become the latest person added to the ever-growing list of victims of racist police violence in the US after her death in a Texas jail cell earlier this month.

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Teachers Say 17 Firings at Urban Prep Charter Schools Were Retaliation for Unionization

On June 19, during their biannual semester-end interviews, 17 teachers were informed by school staff that they would not be returning to Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy come fall. The terminations came just weeks after 61 percent of Urban Prep’s teachers voted to form a union; activists say the firings were a blatant act of anti-union retaliation.