A political earthquake might be the most apt metaphor for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Not only because the result was unexpected and rattling, but because the deep divisions of class and race that influenced it resemble the realigning of tectonic plates—slow shifts that eventually...| Read more >
Nebraska ACLU report says imposing bail, fees, fines that people can't afford creates a 'modern-day debtors prison'
LINCOLN — Nebraska judges are creating a “modern-day debtors prison” by imposing bail, fines and fees that low-income people cannot afford to pay, putting them behind bars for simply being poor, according to a new report by the ACLU of Nebraska.| Read more >
If Democrats want to make the case that Dr. Ben Carson is unqualified to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, they can use the words of Carson himself: “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience; he’s never run a federal agency,” his friend Armstrong Williams...| Read more >
For a brief moment in time nearly 30 years before the American Civil War, black residents in Washington, D.C., who’d been freed from slavery had to pay the local government a $1,000 bond to secure their freedom.| Read more >
Prison's Grip on the Black Family: The Spirals of Poverty and Mass Incarceration Upend Urban Communities
As gentrification exacerbates economic inequality in the District, a new report out today illustrates just how big the wealth gap in "Chocolate City" has been throughout its history.
The analysis looks at disparities in financial power between the D.C. metropolitan area's black and white...| Read more >