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Past articles by Rachel:

Spanning Beats, Environmental Justice Reporting Influences Every Story

By connecting systemic inequities to environmental harms, environmental justice reporting covers everything from race and housing to healthcare and immigration → Read More


In many Asian American families, racism is rarely discussed

"I just didn’t want them to stress and not be afraid to go to school. The less they knew, the better it was." → Read More


The conflicting autopsies at the heart of the Chauvin trial, explained

With the findings of the medical examiner’s report, Derek Chauvin’s defense hopes to raise doubt about how George Floyd died, highlighting his drug use and preexisting conditions. → Read More


The sympathy and authority of the witnesses in the Chauvin trial

Why the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with killing George Floyd, feels different from other police trials. → Read More


The generational grief of colonization

Julian Aguon, author of The Properties of Perpetual Light, on the destruction the American military wrought on the Pacific Islands — and how to find hope in loss. → Read More


The history of fetishizing Asian women

Author and film scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu on how fetishization and hypersexual and docile tropes of Asian women play into the Atlanta shooting. → Read More


What we know about the victims of the Atlanta shootings

Eight people — including six Asian women — were killed in the shooting on Tuesday. → Read More


What we know about the Atlanta shootings that left 8 dead at Asian businesses

Suspect Robert Aaron Long has been taken into custody for the killing of eight people, six of whom were women, at spas and massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia. → Read More


The history of tensions — and solidarity — between Black and Asian American communities, explained

After a recent surge in anti-Asian attacks, the narrative quickly turned to hostilities between Black and Asian American communities. But that’s too convenient of a scapegoat. → Read More


Deb Haaland confirmed as the first Native American to lead the Department of the Interior

The US Congress member, who will be in charge of public and tribal lands, has spent much of her career fighting climate change. → Read More


The trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with George Floyd’s death, has been delayed

The prosecution has asked to reinstate a third-degree murder charge for former officer Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. → Read More

He brought ‘good trouble’ to environmental justice

Cecil Corbin-Mark dedicated his life to serving marginalized communities. His impact will be felt for generations to come. → Read More


“No healing without the truth”: How a federal commission could help America understand systemic racism

America’s long-overdue racial healing commission is making its way through Congress. → Read More


Angelo Quinto’s family says he died after police pinned him by his neck. Police deny they did anything wrong.

The 30-year-old Filipino Navy veteran was having a mental health crisis. Then the police arrived. → Read More


There’s a clear fix to helping Black communities fight pollution

Industrial pollution has sickened and poisoned Black communities for decades. Environmental justice experts have a solution to stop this. → Read More


Rochester police won’t face charges in Daniel Prude’s death

Daniel Prude died after Rochester police handcuffed him, placed a mesh hood over his head, and pressed him onto the pavement in March. → Read More


Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has “radical views” on Big Oil

On the first day of her confirmation hearing to lead the Interior Department, Haaland answered questions about moving away from fossil fuels. → Read More


Biden makes historic Cabinet pick with Deb Haaland for interior secretary

The Congress member would become the first Native American Cabinet member if confirmed by the Senate. → Read More


How Pacific Islanders have been left to fend for themselves in the pandemic

Covid-19 data often lumps in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) with Asian Americans. But in the states where they’re separated out, their death rates are often the highest. → Read More


“Our culture is not up for sale”: The stakes of Trump’s push to drill in the Arctic refuge

A majority of voters don’t support drilling in the Arctic refuge. Trump is doing it anyway. → Read More