July was officially the hottest month ever recorded on the planet, as record-breaking wildfires scorched the western United States, a record-breaking size of ice calved from a glacier in Greenland and droughts continued to worsen around the world as climate disruption continues.
Presidential elections are an opportunity for grassroots movements to punch above their weight - especially in states like Iowa. Social movements there and around the United States are pushing candidates to state their positions on policies that will promote racial, social and economic justice.
Aggie Lane made her neighborhood's pitch on July 11, 2005. Flanked by supporters, she pressed the case for civil-rights claims targeting a county government bent on putting a sewage plant in her largely Black community.