Akela Lacy, The Intercept

Akela Lacy

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Past articles by Akela:

How Moderate Democrats Derailed Police Reform

Centrists demanded a police reform bill that didn’t go too far. Now they don’t get one at all. → Read More

Biden Wins, but Now the Hard Part Begins

In Detroit, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, organizing by progressives gave Biden a boost. → Read More

Progressive Challengers Could Shatter a Washington Narrative on Tuesday

With most attention on the presidential race, a number of Democratic House candidates are hoping to flip red seats and disprove a 2018 theory. → Read More

On the Ballot in Missouri: A GOP Effort to Undo Redistricting Reform

Missourians will vote on the GOP-backed Amendment 3, which could exclude children and noncitizens from being counted during districting. → Read More

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party Isn’t Ready For This Fight, but Its People Might Be

A constellation of grassroots progressive organizations in the Lehigh Valley is hoping to fill the gap left by the Democratic Party. → Read More

Philadelphia Activists on Verge of Historic Win for Public Housing

Protesters and Philadelphia city officials have reached a tentative agreement to turn 50 properties over to a community land trust. → Read More

In New Ad, Anti-Monopoly Group Hits Rep. Richie Neal Over Blackstone Ties, Corporate Tax Cuts

It’s the second ad from Fight Corporate Monopolies, a progressive group, to criticize Neal, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, over corporate ties. → Read More

GOP Money Flowing to Super PAC Backing Rep. Eliot Engel, Documents Show

Nearly $1 million in dark money has boosted Engel, who is facing a serious challenge from Jamaal Bowman, in the past few weeks. → Read More

Corporate Immunity, Mitch McConnell’s Priority for Coronavirus Relief, Is a Longtime Focus of the Conservative Right

ALEC, a Koch-backed group that drafts model bills for state legislators, has pushed corporate immunity measures on the state level since the early 2000s. → Read More

Defense Workers, Deemed “Essential,” Protest Conditions as Overseas Weapons Sales Continue

Thanks to industry lobbying, weapons manufacturing plants are open amid the coronavirus pandemic to fulfill billions of dollars in weapons sales. → Read More

Bloomberg Has Hired the Vice Chairs of the Texas and California Democratic Parties

The Bloomberg campaign is counting on performing well in the delegate-rich Super Tuesday states. → Read More

AIPAC Is Helping Fund Anti-Bernie Sanders Super PAC Ads in Nevada

The group is telling donors that contributions to the Democratic Majority for Israel, whose ads are attacking Sanders, count as donations to AIPAC. → Read More

Bloomberg Plagiarized Parts of At Least Eight of His Plans

The Intercept found that exact passages from at least eight Bloomberg plans or accompanying fact sheets were plagiarized. → Read More

Meet Mark Mellman: the Centrist, Pro-Israel Operative Behind the Anti-Sanders Ads in Iowa

Democratic Majority for Israel has deep ties to the right-leaning pro-Israel lobby AIPAC — and now the group is spending big to stop Bernie Sanders. → Read More

At the Iowa Debate, Bernie Sanders’s Most Vociferous Opponent Was CNN

Bernie Sanders took a beating from CNN moderators in the January Democratic presidential primary debate — the last one before the Iowa caucuses. → Read More

Before Kamala Harris Soured on Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All Bill, She Grew Her Email List From It

Kamala Harris distanced herself from Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill at an event with large-dollar donors two weeks after her campaign ran those ads. → Read More

Tiffany Cabán Stuns Queens Machine, Holds Solid Lead in Race for Queens District Attorney

Cabán ran on ending cash bail, decriminalizing poverty and sex work, and faced the full weight of the machine. → Read More

Ocasio-Cortez Amendment Shifts Some of DEA’s Funding to Opioid Treatment, as House Democrats Push to Increase Agency’s Budget

House Democrats originally allocated $80 million more to the law enforcement agency than the Trump administration had even requested. → Read More

Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment, a Renegade Use of the Espionage Act to Criminalize Journalism

The indictment marks the first time the U.S. has used the Espionage Act to target a publisher. → Read More

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Tiffany Cabán in Pivotal Queens DA Race

Ocasio-Cortez announced support for Cabán after the Democratic Socialists of America endorsed the public defender earlier this month. → Read More