Natasha Lennard, The Intercept

Natasha Lennard

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New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Natasha:

Beyond Breonna: Louisville Police Make the Case for Abolition

The idea of defunding the police is roiling Democratic Party politics — but it’s not about that. It’s about the horrors of policing. → Read More

How to Talk About Antifa With People Who Are Freaked Out About It

If people in your life seem more concerned with "violent" anti-fascist protesters than racism, here's how to clarify the situation. → Read More

The Law Says Chelsea Manning Must Be Freed From Prison

Chelsea Manning was imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. She refused — and now she must be set free. → Read More

The Majority of Voters Now Support Decriminalizing Sex Work. It’s About Time.

A new poll tracks a dramatic shift in attitudes toward sex work, marking a victory hard fought by sex worker organizers on the front lines. → Read More

The NYPD’s War Against Parole Reform

For decades, cops have aggressively opposed even minor reforms concerning accountability and criminal justice. Now, they're finding they no longer have the state’s parole board under their thumb. → Read More

Chelsea Manning Fights Subpoena — Showing How Federal Grand Juries Are Unaccountable Tools of Repression

Chelsea Manning’s decision to fight her subpoena is an act of resistance against government repression and in defense of a free press. → Read More

“One of the Most Taboo Conversations” — New Yorkers Push to Decriminalize Sex Work

To fight for the decriminalization of sex work is to fight for and with society’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities. → Read More

Amazon Pullout Shows What Anti-Capitalist Organizing and Leftist Politicians Can Do

New York's old Democratic order — in the vein of Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio — backed Amazon's move, while a new crop of social democrats bucked it. → Read More

Why the Justice Department Can’t Be Trusted to Investigate Abysmal Conditions in Federal Prisons

“This recent crisis at MDC has brought new attention to an old reality. What has taken place at MDC is not exceptional.” → Read More

Cyntoia Brown’s Freedom Is a Reminder That All Sex Workers Have a Right to Self-Defense

Child sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown’s case shows us who gets to stand their ground — and who does not. → Read More

The First Step Act Is Not Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform — and the Risk Is That It Becomes the Only Step

Don't waste time celebrating the success of the Koch-backed, Trump-endorsed First Step Act. Its reforms would be very real — just not very big. → Read More

Even the FBI Thinks Police Have Links to White Supremacists — But Don’t Tell the New York Times

The New York Times Magazine published an in-depth story on how police deal with white supremacists — but didn't explore the links between them. → Read More

Trump’s Plan to Deny Green Cards to People on Medicaid or Food Stamps Is a Full-Blown Attack on the Immigrant Poor

Trump is creating an impossible choice between getting help and legal residency — his administration's latest tool of ethnic cleansing. → Read More

McDonald’s Workers Are Striking Against Sexual Harassment — Tying #MeToo to Their Labor Struggle

The McDonald's workers' strike will be the first nationwide strike specifically targeting sexual harassment in the workplace. → Read More

Prison Strike Organizer Warns: Brutal Prison Conditions Risk “Another Attica”

Incarcerated people in 17 states will refuse to work, spend, and in some cases, eat, in protest of “modern-day slavery.” → Read More

Police Unions’ Opposition to Prison Reform Is About More Than Jobs — It’s About Racism

A prison guard union doesn't want incarcerated people to have tablets — and it's about preserving a system of mass incarceration. → Read More

This Is Not a Time for Civility

White-nationalist rallies are calls for genocide, and must be treated as such. → Read More

Law Claiming to Fight Sex Trafficking Is Doing the Opposite — Making Sex Work More Dangerous

Laws like SESTA-FOSTA are not only making sex work more dangerous, but criminalizing the very organizing and advocacy that would help sex workers stay safe. → Read More

Call Congress’s “Blue Lives Matter” Bills What They Are: Another Attack on Black Lives

The bills exemplify the very worst sort of legislation: at once unnecessary and pernicious. → Read More

How the NYPD Union Is Manufacturing Outrage About a 70-Year-Old Black Panther’s Parole

The NYPD union claims hundreds of thousands of letters were sent to oppose Herman Bell’s parole, but fewer than 6,000 people sent them all. → Read More