Two Artists in Search of Missing History

Two Artists in Search of Missing History

Sometimes what’s absent from a museum says more about history than what’s included. Two contemporary artists—Titus Kaphar, who is African-American, and Ken Gonzales-Day, who is Mexican-American—have spent their careers addressing this issue. In the National Portrait Gallery’s newest exhibition, “Unseen: Our Past in a New Light,” the two artists take contrasting approaches—and work in two […]

Beloved Classic Novel “The Little Prince” Turns 75 Years Old

Beloved Classic Novel “The Little Prince” Turns 75 Years Old

Though reviewers were initially confused about who, exactly, French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s had written The Little Prince for, readers of all ages embraced the young boy from Asteroid B-612 when it hit stores 75 years ago this week. The highly imaginative novella about a young, intergalactic traveler, spent two weeks on TheNew York Times’ […]

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive

When I ask Christine Hernandez, a mother of four, slender in stature and bold in manner, how best to scout for abandoned homes—the bleak dwellings with the boarded-up windows and ripped-out drywall, their innards packed with leftover syringes, rotting debris, and the peculiar loot of previous dispossessed tenants—she says it’s best to send someone who […]

Voting Rights Advocates Just Won a Big Victory in Court

A conservative legal group’s crusade to purge voter lists across the country hit a setback Friday when a federal judge in Florida ruled that Broward County was already adequately maintaining its voter file. In doing so, the judge rebuffed the group’s efforts to force the heavily Democratic county to implement procedures that voting rights advocates say could have resulted in eligible […]

Yerevan's Mirzoyan Library Combines Cutting Edge Photography with Hypnotic Beats

Yerevan's Mirzoyan Library Combines Cutting Edge Photography with Hypnotic Beats

It’s a Friday afternoon in Yerevan, and a few people are gathered on the second-story terrace outside a historic late 19th-century building—a growing novelty among the capital city’s new construction—sipping tea at vintage sewing tables and discussing photo composition. Just inside large black & white images (some with slight bursts of color) decorate the walls, […]

Jeff Sessions Won’t Appoint a Second Special Counsel—For Now

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday declined to appoint a second special counsel, who would be charged with investigating matters related to a series of 2016 probes related to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But Sessions left open the possibility of making such an appointment in the future. Last year—after Sessions’ deputy, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Special […]

How the Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark May Have Violated the Department’s New Lethal Force Policy

How the Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark May Have Violated the Department’s New Lethal Force Policy

The Sacramento Police Department officers who fatally shot unarmed 23-year-old Stephon Clark in his grandparents’ backyard earlier this month may have violated several department policies governing conduct during officer-involved shootings, John Burris, a prominent San Francisco Bay Area civil rights attorney, tells Mother Jones. Burris was involved in drafting the Sacramento City Council mandate that would inform changes made […]

California AG Launches Investigation Into Stephon Clark Shooting

California AG Launches Investigation Into Stephon Clark Shooting

The California state Department of Justice will open an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of 23-year-old Stephon Clark, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Sacramento’s police chief jointly announced on Tuesday. The decision was made at the request of the Sacramento Police Department, and comes amid growing national outrage over the killing of Clark, who […]

Philadelphia’s District Attorney Just Showed America’s Prosecutors How to End Mass Incarceration

Newly minted Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was elected on a platform of bringing criminal justice reform to the office and attacking mass incarceration. Now Krasner, a former civil rights attorney, seems to be making good on his promise. In a recent office memo—first issued in February but made public this week—Krasner swaps the office’s traditional […]

A Federal Judge Just Ruled Against the LAPD and Delivered a Big Win for Civil Rights

A federal court ruled on Thursday that Los Angeles County must stop its enforcement of gang injunctions, handing a major victory to criminal justice advocates who have long fought against the tactic that they say guts communities of color. The county argued that that doing away with gang injunctions would pose a threat to public safety, but the 22-page ruling, issued by US District […]

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