Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones

Nathalie Baptiste

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Recent articles by Nathalie:

You Aren’t the Ones Who Are Struggling to Breathe

Just wear your damn mask. → Read More

The Supreme Court Just Gave the Trump Administration the Green Light to Execute People

The first federal executions in 20 years will happen this summer. → Read More

Defunding the Police Doesn’t Poll Well. That Doesn’t Matter.

Racial justice issues rarely do. → Read More

Tulsa Health Official Warns Trump Rally Could Swamp Local Hospitals’ COVID Capacity

With Oklahoma cases spiking, the county’s top doctor suggests the president could fall ill from his own event. → Read More

GOP Activists Oust Virginia Congressman After He Officiated a Same-Sex Wedding

The party's new nominee opposes gay marriages and abortion without exceptions. → Read More

COVID Spikes Aren’t About Demonstrations or Pool Parties, They’re About Trump’s Incompetence

And the government of enablers he’s created. → Read More

The Republican National Committee Continues to Live in a Fantasyland Where Trump Wins Over Black Voters

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. On May 22, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden appeared on The Breakfast Club, a syndicated radio show. During the interview, Charlamagne tha God, its Black host who has a knack for making Democratic politicians appear to be pandering, asked what… → Read More

I Waited in Line 6 Hours to Vote During a Pandemic With an Uprising Going On

Oh yes, the curfew was at 7 p.m. → Read More

They’re Trying to Gaslight Us to Death

We’ve reached the who-are-you-gonna-believe-me-or-your-own-eyes phase of the uprising. → Read More

Black People Have Suffered the Most From COVID. But They’re Still Suspicious of Vaccines.

“The government doesn’t always have their best interest at heart.” → Read More

Missouri Just Became the First State to Execute an Inmate During the Pandemic

"It also refused to consider new, persuasive evidence that Barton may be innocent." → Read More

36 Million People Are Unemployed and the Trump Administration Is Still Trying to Cut Food Stamps

In just two months, the coronavirus has cost more than 86,000 people their lives and 36 million people have lost their jobs, but the Trump administration is still trying to cut food stamps. Last December, the US Department of Agriculture proposed a federal rule that would remove 700,000 people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program […] → Read More

“Not Who We Are”? This Is All America Has Ever Been.

The killing of a Black man took place against the backdrop of a parallel crisis. → Read More

States Are Halting Executions Because of the Pandemic—But Not Missouri

On Monday, Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson opened all businesses including hair salons, restaurants, and gyms. According to Harvard researchers, Missouri would need to conduct about 1,855 tests per day before safely opening up. But even though the state is currently failing to meet that goal by 549 tests a day, Parson also is allowing […] → Read More

The Dangers of Covering Your Face While Black

Jelani Anderson formulated a plan before stopping to buy water at a convenience store in New Jersey. The 52-year-old Black man works as a safety professional and inspects construction sites all over the state. “I needed to make a stop to use the bathroom and get a water to maintain hydration,” Anderson told me in […] → Read More

Too Many People Are Going Hungry Right Now. Harris, Gillibrand, and Sanders Are Offering a Lifeline.

As the novel coronavirus spreads through the country infecting nearly 850,000 people, killing more than 47,000, and shuttering businesses, the number of unemployed people has skyrocketed at rates not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930’s. The massive spike in unemployment, with 22 million unemployed, has led to a crushing wave of people in desperate […] → Read More

Every White Guy on Facebook Is an Epidemiologist Now

There’s a pandemic sweeping the globe that has already infected more than 2 million people and killed nearly 140,000. Three out of four people on Earth are under some form of lockdown in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by a novel coronavirus that first emerged last December in China. While […] → Read More

Millions of People Can’t Afford to Keep Their Lights On. Now There’s a Pandemic. –

Last month, a city council meeting in Lake Worth Beach, Florida, went viral after an angry city commissioner began shouting at the mayor about the city’s lack of preparedness for the novel coronavirus pandemic that was just beginning to hit the state. “We cut off people’s utilities this week and made them pay what could […] → Read More

We Put Too Many People Behind Bars. This Pandemic Shows Why That’s Not Necessary. –

“Mass incarceration is a policy that makes no sense,” says Lauren-Brooke Eisen, the director of the justice program at the Brennan Center, a public policy institute. “This moment proves we don’t need to have jails and prisons bursting at the seams.” As the novel coronavirus has swept across the globe, infecting approximately 336,000 people in the […] → Read More

Cory Booker Just Demanded the Release of Vulnerable Federal Inmates –

On Wednesday, as the public health crisis caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus crisis worsened, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced a bill that would allow tens of thousands of people currently in federal prisons and jails to be released during the pandemic. His measure attempts to address the needs of a community that […] → Read More