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Posted inGhosts of Polluters Past

Eight ways to take action on lead contaminating your community’s soil 

Is lead lurking in the soil around you? Dangerous lead contamination continues to plague the soil of urban centers, particularly in high-traffic, older neighborhoods where particles and airborne dust from leaded gasoline and lead paint accumulated during the 20th century. Industrial areas where both historic and current lead emissions have settled in the soil are […]

Posted inGhosts of Polluters Past

Ocho medidas que puedes tomar cuando el plomo contamina los suelos de tu comunidad

¿Hay plomo acechando en los suelos que te rodean? La peligrosa contaminación con plomo sigue plagando el suelo de centros urbanos, particularmente en vecindarios antiguos y de alto tráfico, donde durante el siglo XX se acumularon partículas y polvo transportado por el aire proveniente de gasolina y pintura con plomo. Áreas industriales, donde emisiones históricas […]

Posted inGhosts of Polluters Past

Toxic churn: The legacy of long-gone industry pollutes U.S. cities

On a crisp, fall day in Santa Ana, California, Mary Acosta Rodriguez Martinez Garcia steps forward gingerly, leaning on her cane as she walks to the spot along the railroad tracks that intersect with Santa Ana Boulevard. This is where her grandfather’s house once stood, before it was swallowed whole by the expansion of the […]

Posted inGhosts of Polluters Past

Ghosts of polluters past

The hot, dry Santa Ana winds that whip through Orange County’s Logan barrio are fierce and temperamental. In the mid-20th century, they’d deliver gusts forceful enough to wreak havoc throughout the Southern California region, destroying orange crops, uprooting trees, downing power lines and upending lives. But in the Logan neighborhood, one of the city of Santa Ana’s […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Public Integrity reporters’ work honored among best data journalism in world

Investigative reporting by Center for Public Integrity journalists about student homelessness and the legacy of pollution in communities of color was recognized among the best data journalism in the world on Friday at the 2023 Sigma Awards. Senior reporter Yvette Cabrera’s work on the toxic legacy of lead contamination in American cities while a journalist […]

Posted inEducation

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the crosshairs in GOP-controlled states

In his State of the State address last month, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt moved through several common GOP talking points: support for school choice, a ban on all gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies for minors and continuing a tradition of business-friendly policies.  And he singled out the state’s two largest public universities: “Because when […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Public Integrity and partners win multiple business reporting awards

The Center for Public Integrity won four business journalism awards Thursday for investigations reported in collaboration with other newsrooms. Judges in the Best in Business Awards from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, or SABEW, selected winners from a “record” 1,182 entries submitted by 193 news organizations. Public Integrity’s winning projects: Attacked Behind […]

Posted inWorkers’ Rights

Religious activists are trying to weaken new protections for LGBTQ workers

Three federal judges in Louisiana could soon decide if some businesses can refuse to hire gay or transgender employees following recent oral arguments in a case that seeks to challenge the landmark Supreme Court ruling — Bostock v. Clayton County. The 2020 ruling determined that LGBTQ employees are protected from workplace discrimination under the Civil […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Public Integrity acquires tool to make data more accessible to journalists

The Center for Public Integrity will steward and grow a powerful tool that puts public records at the fingertips of journalists across the country, thanks to support from the Reva and David Logan Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Accountability Project, launched by the Investigative Reporting Workshop in 2019, is […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Public Integrity staff share expertise in using data to cover inequality

Journalists from the Center for Public Integrity will facilitate discussions and training sessions addressing how data journalism can confront inequality at the Investigative Reporters & Editors’ 2023 NICAR conference March 2-5 in Nashville. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization’s own journalism confronting inequality, Public Integrity works to build investigative reporting capacity and […]

Posted inUnhoused and Undercounted

Funding decisions often shortchange homeless students

Federal funding to support homeless students often comes up short. Before the pandemic, it amounted to about $60 annually per identified homeless student nationwide, according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation in partnership with The Seattle Times, Street Sense Media and WAMU/DCist. That often represents a sliver of what schools spend to support them. […]

Posted inTaxes

‘Pay your fair share’: Biden’s talk on taxes echoes our findings

President Joe Biden had choice words in yesterday’s State of the Union speech about the U.S. tax system: “It is not fair.” The Center for Public Integrity’s investigations on taxes shine a light on exactly that.  We’ve shown that changes to the federal system in the past four decades have supercharged inequality. Wealthy people and […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Ashley Clarke recognized among ‘25 Under 35’ journalism leaders

Center for Public Integrity Audience Engagement Editor Ashley Clarke has been named to Editor and Publisher magazine’s “25 Under 35” list celebrating leaders in the journalism industry. Clarke, 25, was honored among reporters, editors, audience development, fundraising and finance professionals working in local and national news organizations and journalism industry nonprofits across the country. The […]

Posted inImmigration

New DHS policy protects undocumented whistleblowers

Undocumented immigrants enduring abuses from employers such as wage theft, safety infractions and gender discrimination can now obtain deportation relief when they report workplace violations to a government agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced. The new policy grants temporary legal status to workers who cooperate with investigators. Workers’ rights groups have been […]

Posted inNatural Resources

Study finds disparities in states’ distribution of federal funds for water systems 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden last November, is pouring billions of dollars into an upgrade of the country’s aging water infrastructure. But a new study has found that white communities have been favored in distribution of the funds, something that’s controlled by individual states.  The majority of the $55 billion allocated to […]

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A reproductive justice pioneer on what the abortion debate misses

Loretta J. Ross is a human rights advocate and founding member of the organization SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Since its founding in 1997, the group has become a leading voice for the concept of reproductive justice as an alternative framework to pro-choice and anti-abortion arguments. The three tenets of the concept are: […]

Posted inUnhoused and Undercounted

How a funding paradox hurts the schools doing right by homeless students

Washington state has one of the largest homeless student populations in the country — 40,000 just prior to the pandemic. Yet, Washington school districts in the 2018-19 school year received an average of $29 per homeless student from one of the main federal funds for homeless students to pay for transportation, books, extracurriculars or any […]