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‘The time is right’: Educator advocates for path to citizenship

A year ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle a program that has protected 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation. As that anniversary neared, educator Astou Thiane met with President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to discuss the future of immigration reform in this country […]

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A century after the Tulsa Race Massacre, Oklahoma is locked in a battle over how to talk about it

At 107 years old, Viola Fletcher is the oldest known survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. She recounted to a congressional subcommittee last week the traumatic night when a white mob forced her family to flee their thriving Black neighborhood. “I still see Black men being shot; Black bodies lying in the streets,” Fletcher […]

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Secret practice that allows the transfer of prisoners doesn’t always protect them

Because of fears for his safety, Derek Chauvin has been held in solitary confinement at Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison since he was convicted of George Floyd’s murder last month. The former Minneapolis police officer, who killed Floyd by kneeling on his neck in May 2020, is expected to remain isolated at least until his June […]

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Jennifer LaFleur named senior editor at Center for Public Integrity

Data journalism pioneer Jennifer LaFleur will join the Center for Public Integrity as senior editor and help lead the nonprofit news organization’s investigative reporting on inequality. LaFleur has served as data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop since 2017.  Her new position will include oversight of Public Integrity’s data journalism as well as a broader […]

Posted inBarriers to the Ballot Box

Tight deadline, savvy pitch: How one red state expanded access to the ballot

This story was published in partnership with HuffPost. On the afternoon of January 21, a group of public officials gathered in Kentucky’s Capitol in Frankfort for a delicate conversation about changing how the state conducts elections. Masked and spread out in a room typically used for committee hearings, they didn’t have much time.  There were only […]

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Robo de salarios

Los trabajadores esenciales, ya maltratados por los largos turnos y las altas tasas de infección, además de las dificultades provocadas por la pandemia, enfrentan otro peligro de estos tiempos difíciles: los empleadores que les roban sus salarios. This story also appeared in Associated Press and Univision Cuando se produce una recesión, las empresas estadounidenses son […]

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Ripping off workers without consequences

Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. This story also appeared in Associated Press and Univision When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers. These businesses often pay less than […]

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His paycheck bounced. It got worse from there.

This story was published in partnership with The Associated Press and Univision. This story also appeared in Associated Press and Univision On a Tuesday afternoon last June, Humberto was yanking old wires from the walls of a middle school in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, when his cell phone rang. Humberto’s wife, who had just returned from her weekly trip […]

Posted inWorker Health and Safety

On a day to mourn workers who died on the job, COVID-19 looms large

Update, June 10, 2021: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today that it will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers against COVID. “Too many of our frontline healthcare workers continue to be at high risk of contracting the coronavirus,” Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in a statement. Each year on this date, […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Public Integrity, union agree to structure on raises

The Center for Public Integrity’s leadership and the Center for Public Integrity Union are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement on salaries for the remainder of the union’s current contract with the organization. Public Integrity’s leadership and the union share a commitment to investing in our people. We agreed to a cost-of-living […]

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Black engineers disproportionately face barriers in states with license restrictions

Ida Habtemichael understands she’s a statistical rarity.  This story also appeared in The Investigative Reporting Workshop Black, female mechanical engineers make up less than 2 percent of the engineering workforce. A role model for those seeking STEM careers, she couldn’t be prouder of her 14 successful years rising through the senior ranks of Micron Technology. […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

Kansas City businesses haunted by redlining legacy amid the pandemic

This story is published in partnership with The Kansas City Star and Mother Jones.  This story also appeared in Mother Jones Darryl Answer knows a lot of entrepreneurs in the majority-Black East Side of Kansas City, Missouri, people running companies or side gigs. But the local pastor couldn’t think of even one who’s received help from the federal […]

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What to know about the Paycheck Protection Program before your chance to get it runs out

Wondering whether you’re eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, or looking for help to apply? The deadline is fast approaching. The money will probably run out even sooner. In our reporting on the program, we’ve heard from a lot of people that solo entrepreneurs and owners of very small businesses are finding it especially challenging […]

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Q&A: Is Biden’s affordable housing plan enough?

Around this time last year, advocates at the National Low Income Housing Coalition were talking about President Donald Trump’s latest effort “to gut America’s safety net for low-income people” by slashing funds for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by 15%.  But the tables have turned — drastically. President Joe Biden recently released […]

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Lobbying groups trying to block a path to citizenship

Prepare for a new era of debate over immigration. Should the Democratic-controlled Congress  legalize undocumented workers and revamp the visa system? How will the Biden administration address root causes of Central American migration while meeting U.S. obligations to fairly consider asylum claims?  Organizations pushing to dramatically reduce immigration are already in the thick of it […]

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Advocates wary Biden’s infrastructure plan won’t right past wrongs

After President Joe Biden revealed his $2 trillion infrastructure plan last month, advocates and historians began to worry how the money would be distributed. The country is still feeling the unequal effects of the last hefty infrastructure bill. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 put the federal government in charge of determining new freeway routes […]

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Public Integrity receives second PPP loan

The Center for Public Integrity has received a second Paycheck Protection Program loan as part of Congress’ effort to protect jobs amid the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization, received a PPP loan of $657,600, which was forgiven under the terms of the program. The organization […]

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Asian American students face threat of harassment, attacks

President Joe Biden is pushing to reopen the majority of the nation’s elementary and middle schools for full-time in-person learning by early May, but some families aren’t comfortable sending their children back — and not only because of COVID-19. The rise in anti-Asian bullying, harassment and violence, including the March mass shootings in the Atlanta […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

Exclusive: Months into federal vaccine program, many long-term-care workers still refusing shots

This story was published in partnership with NPR. This story also appeared in NPR Janet Caldwell was looking forward to visiting her mother again as she did before the pandemic, with no dirty window or awkward outdoor booth between them. Her 87-year-old mom’s nursing home in Arkansas had announced in mid-March it would allow family members […]

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One home, many generations: States addressing COVID risk among families

Nursing home social worker Sang Nguyen lived in constant fear that he’d bring COVID-19 home to his parents and his 78-year-old grandmother. He knew from his job how deadly the coronavirus could be for older people with pre-existing health conditions. This story also appeared in NBC News So the family began hunkering down last year […]

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Map: COVID put America’s multigenerational homes at higher risk

As vaccines roll out across the country, most states are not explicitly prioritizing distribution to family members in multigenerational homes. But a Center for Public Integrity national data analysis shows that people of color, who’ve suffered disproportionately from COVID-19, are more likely to live in the same home as older relatives. Our county-by-county map shows […]

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board was slashed by Trump. Its backlog is piling up.

Before sunrise on a June morning in 2019, a section of pipe nearly five decades old ruptured at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, spewing a cloud of flammable vapor that hung to the ground like a spectral fog. This story also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer Within minutes, according to a surveillance video, a series […]