Navigating life after prison can be daunting, even with the help of well-intentioned allies and organizations set up for that purpose, says Monica Crosby who was imprisoned for 20 years. But an often-overlooked challenge facing former prisoners is the loss of their two communities -- those who were a part of their lives before prison and those who became their community in prison.
Nineteen US cities and the state of Maine have introduced bills to enforce transparency in the acquisition and use of secretive surveillance technologies by local police. Concerns over privacy and the disproportionate use of these technologies to target communities of color are driving these ordinances in red and blue states alike.
Despite widespread concern across the US and around the world, the water crises in Detroit and Flint, as well as many neighboring towns and suburbs, have only worsened. Now the emphasis on profits over clean water access for all residents is making people physically ill, says water warrior Monica Lewis Patrick.