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Rachel Anspach


Berkeley, CA, United States

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  • American Prospect
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Past articles by Rachel:


The third Democratic debate: How Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders could each win the night

On Thursday, Sept. 12, in Houston, Texas, presidential hopefuls will once again face off for the third Democratic presidential debate. The event will reflect a slimmer (but still large) field of 10 candidates, and notably, it’s the first time all… → Read More


LGBTQ people of color are incarcerated and abused in jail at alarming rates

Johana Medina Leon, a 25-year-old asylum seeker from El Salvador, was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in April of this year. ICE held Medina Leon in Otero, a privately run detention center in New Mexico. After… → Read More

Bailing Out Black Mamas Means Bailing Out Trans People

Southerners on New Ground hopes that the organizing strategies it is developing in partnership with the Transgender Law Center will provide guidance to other organizations in the bailout coalition that are also facing difficulties finding trans and gender-nonconforming folks to bail out. → Read More


These black teens are demanding that Chicago invest in schools instead of police with #NoCopAcademy

Rahm Emanuel's administration has proposed to build a $95 million police training academy — while the school board has voted to close four predominantly black high schools. → Read More

After 5 Months, the #NYCStripperStrike Is Poised to Go Nationwide

For Women’s History Month, Jezebel and The Root are partnering for JezeRoot, a series that focuses on women of color, domestic workers, and sex workers. → Read More

Winter Sports Are the Least Important Thing Happening This Olympics

North Korea and South Korea are under one flag for the Olympics. Here's why that's such a big deal. → Read More

Why White People Have a Responsibility to Fight White Supremacy

White people create and maintain racial inequality, so it’s up to us to change the status quo. → Read More

Why White People Have a Responsibility to Fight White Supremacy

White people create and maintain racial inequality, so it’s up to us to change the status quo. → Read More


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How money bail impacts the lives of children with incarcerated parents

Nearly 3 million children have an incarcerated parent in the United States. → Read More

3 Troubling Stories That Prove Trump's War on Drugs Is Targeting People of Color

People who had their lives ripped apart by America’s racist war on drugs share their stories. → Read More

National Police Union Mum on Brutality Concerns

The Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest and most powerful police union, has had little to say about recent cases of police brutality or white supremacist violence. → Read More

Trump Has Imperiled the Lives of Thousands of Young People Fleeing Central American Violence

Jorge was set to travel to the United States from El Salvador this past summer. The 20-year-old, whose family requested that his real name not be used ... → Read More

How Trump Is Quietly Making It Easier for People of Color to Get Arrested

Trump’s Justice Department is ramping up racist drug war policies through undisclosed law enforcement recommendations. → Read More

'It Gave Me Hope': Reflections on the Cash Bail System From Black Women Bailed Out by National Coalition

The Black women Rewire spoke to who were bailed out by the National Bail Out Coalition found that having resources and love gave them the hope and strength to more effectively defend themselves and pursue justice for others in their positions. → Read More

The Cash Bail System Is Unconstitutional—So Why Won't the Practice End?

"Until we get the public demanding it, we’re not likely to see extraordinary changes." → Read More

Harvey’s Devastating Impact on Houston’s People of Color

People of color, those in poverty and immigrants are harder hit by natural disasters like Harvey, and given fewer resources to survive and rebuild. → Read More

Dreamers Explain Trump's Threat to Immigration and the Uncertain Future of Undocumented Children

What's the future of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?" Here's what affected undocumented immigrants had to say. → Read More

Rachel Anspach

Rachel Anspach is a writer, activist and intersectional feminist living in Brooklyn. Her work focuses on combating intersectional marginalization and the erasure of women of color from social justice work, policy and media coverage. Anspach previously served as senior writer/editor at the African-American Policy Forum, where she co-authored “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black… → Read More

Police violence frequently targets disabled black people—and we hardly ever talk about it

This pattern—of black people with disabilities seeking support from law enforcement and ending up dead—is all too familiar. → Read More