John Washington, The Nation

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Past articles by John:

Does Building Luxury Condos Create More Affordable Housing?

Brian Hanlon and Ned Resnikoff write that building market-rate housing lowers prices for everyone while John Washington and Tara Raghuveer argue that the private sector can’t fix itself. → Read More

New York City’s Radical Proposal for Noncitizen Voting

The “Our City, Our Vote” bill would add almost 1 million new potential voters to the rolls—the largest addition of voters in this country in half a century. → Read More

The Human Cost of 10 Years of Conflict in Syria

A decade after the first shots were fired, cities are in ruins, over half a million Syrians have died, and more than ten million have been displaced. → Read More

Pulling Down the World’s Walls: A Conversation With Harsha Walia

The Nation talked to the author and activist about her new book, Border and Rule, and what a border-free globe might look like. → Read More

Take What You Need and Give What You Can: A Mutual Aid Portrait

Residents of Morris County, N.J., aren’t waiting for federal relief—they’re helping each other. → Read More


He was arrested for marijuana 17 years ago. Now it’s legal. So why is he still guilty of a crime?

As weed hits a cultural tipping point, states face an urgent call to expunge, or erase, minor pot convictions — a move even the Biden-Harris campaign has supported. → Read More

Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Say They Face Violent Persecution Upon Deportation

Immigrant rights advocates allege that ICE detainees are being coerced, sometimes violently, into signing their own removal papers and returned to a country that is arresting and beating them. → Read More

Number of Women Alleging Misconduct by ICE Gynecologist Nearly Triples

Advocates briefed senators on allegations that a doctor working with an ICE detention center performed unnecessary or overly aggressive procedures. → Read More

‘Even In a Pandemic, We’re Still a Minority’

After fleeing long-term sexual abuse in Honduras, one young man tries to survive the coronavirus lockdown in San Francisco. → Read More

‘An Experience I Wouldn’t Wish my Worst Enemy to Undergo’

In ICE detention for more than two years, a man from Cameroon pens a plea for mercy. → Read More


The Trump administration is using the pandemic as an excuse to target immigrants and asylum seekers

Nativist scapegoating and racist restrictions in the name of public health are nothing new. But this time, anti-migrant policy could have devastating effects. → Read More

How Poetry Can Bear Witness to Crisis and Revolution

We talked to Carolyn Forché about her first book of poetry in 17 years. → Read More

The Long, Winding, and Painful Story of Asylum

An ancient concept, asylum has become just another political tool in the hands of our government. → Read More

‘Maybe if I Had Papers It Would Have Been Different’: Undocumented During a Pandemic

The crisis is putting undocumented and migrant communities in the crosshairs. → Read More

‘That First Night in America, I Couldn’t Sleep’

After growing up in China, a young woman tries to find her place in Oakland. → Read More

Hear From Immigrants and Refugees in Their Own Words

Migrant Voices, a series from The Nation. → Read More

The Epidemic of Hunger Strikes in Immigrant Detention Centers

By one count, there have been 1,600 individuals participating in hunger strikes in the centers just since 2015. In one Louisiana center, three strikers are entering a dangerous phase. → Read More

Democratic Representative Pushed to Create a Massive Migrant Health Database That No One Wants

Rep. Lauren Underwood’s bill mandates a mammoth biometric database for migrants, accessible to immigration agencies who could use it to track people down. → Read More

Mike Bloomberg Exploited Prison Labor to Make 2020 Presidential Campaign Phone Calls

The Bloomberg campaign said it ended the arrangement after learning of the prison call centers from an The Intercept inquiry. → Read More


He fled his homeland for safety in the US. After his death, who was to blame?

Asylum seekers face competing miseries: violence at home, and a punitive detention system with a shard of hope for relief abroad. → Read More