For Those In Foster Care, ‘The Time Of The Readiness’ Is Charged

For Those In Foster Care, ‘The Time Of The Readiness’ Is Charged

Melissa Chadburn

ESSAY

Co-published with The Establishment. After being heavily governed your whole life—told when to eat, when to sleep, when to come home—you’re suddenly set free to make your own choices. There is no other stop after foster care if you screw up—except for the emergency homeless shelter.

How Septic Tanks May Imperil this Florida Ecosystem

How Septic Tanks May Imperil this Florida Ecosystem

Lisa Desai and Yasmeen Qureshi

MULTIMEDIA | NEWS

Co-published with PBS NewsHour with additional support from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon.

The Case for More Female Cops

The Case for More Female Cops

Sarah Smarsh

FEATURE | ESSAY

Co-published with Longreads. Nearly nine out of ten cops are men. Sarah Smarsh discusses the police force’s gender problem and a Wichita woman’s efforts inside the criminal justice system that failed her.

The Class Politics of Decluttering

The Class Politics of Decluttering

Stephanie Land

ESSAY

This story originally appeared in The New York Times with support from EHRP. Minimalism is a virtue only when it’s a choice...For people who are not so well off, the idea of opting to have even less is not really an option.

Zen and the Art of Uber Driving

Zen and the Art of Uber Driving

John Koopman

NEWS | ESSAY

Co-published with Fast Company's Co.Exist with additional support from Capital & Main. I used to write for a newspaper. Now I'm an Uber driver: "Thanks to Uber, I am not poor. I am just ... nobody."

How Gentrification Puts Creative Urbanites in a Bind

How Gentrification Puts Creative Urbanites in a Bind

Laura Kiesel

ESSAY

Co-published with AlterNet. For the creative class, living in the cities that advance their aspirations means accepting a Faustian bargain.

Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic, Captured in Photos

Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic, Captured in Photos

Published by The Cut. Maisie Crow's Jackson tells the story of the lack of abortion access in Mississippi, revisiting the only remaining clinic in the state which was the focus of her Emmy-nominated film The Last Clinic. Produced by Alissa Quart and Barbara Ehrenreich of EHRP.

The Darkness in Burns, Oregon

The Darkness in Burns, Oregon

Donnell Alexander

ESSAY

Co-published with Rolling Stone. I visited the area in Oregon where armed white militants took over a wildlife refuge, and I felt like a sitting black duck.

Down and Out in Portland

Down and Out in Portland

Donnell Alexander

ESSAY

Co-published with Salon. Lean seasons had always been part of my writing life, but this time I was dead broke.

The Twisted Plasma Business

The Twisted Plasma Business

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

ESSAY

Co-published with The Atlantic. Darryl Lorenzo Wellington reports on the multi-billion dollar plasma donation industry, including his own experience “plassing” for cash.

Can the Black Middle Class Survive?

Can the Black Middle Class Survive?

Steven Gray

NEWS | ESSAY

Co-published with Salon. Obama's in the Oval Office but the black bourgeoisie is foundering, including the author.