The Real State of the Union: Civil Liberties

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Published by Al Jazeera on January 28th, 2014

There’s no doubt that the past year brought victories small and large for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. After 17 years, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that barred same-sex married couples from receiving federal marriage benefits. Since Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2004, 18 more states and Washington, D.C., have worked to strengthen families through marriage equality…

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Unique, Successful, Peer-Run Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth Goes Homeless

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Published by Alternet on January 4th, 2014

The Homeless Youth Alliance operates on the premise that homeless kids take care of each other, offering support in a world that typically rejects them. The organization is run by formerly homeless kids, now in their 20s and 30s, who return to help their peers after obtaining stable housing…

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The Vanguard Foundation’s Great Con

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Published by SF Weekly on July 18th, 2012.

Samuel “Mouli” Cohen was found guilty of defrauding the Vanguard Foundation’s major donors of millions over the course of six years. Cohen’s biggest aide in stealing the money was the foundation’s 15-year president, Hari Dillon, a charismatic hero of the left, who understood the power of loyalty to the “movement.”

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Target Cambodia

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Published by the World Policy Journal in June 2012

Cambodia today is quite literally giving itself away, especially to China and Vietnam — two rivals vying for regional influence. As the Cambodian government welcomes millions of dollars in investments from both nations, the land concessions handed out to these foreigners are forcing tens of thousands off their property and imperiling Cambodia’s future…

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Occupy Oakland’s General Strike

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Published by Collier’s Magazine on May 2nd, 2012

The air felt electric with the momentum of the mass gathering. Schoolteachers, laborers, union representatives and college students joined Oakland’s Occupy activists, who encouraged the city’s residents and businesses to join them in a general strike, the first general strike in the country since 1946. The day of action had been called on October 26th following a violent police raid on the encampment the previous evening, where officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd…

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Minor Chords

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Published by The New Inquiry on March 29th, 2012

Child Protective Services is meant to protect children from abusive homes and provide safe alternatives with consistent monitoring but often the system fails children. I only knew that the institution was a machine, one capable of destroying lives and spirits in its rigid methodology. And I felt it had failed me…

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How It’s Made: Overseas Investigations

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Published by the Tow Center on December 5th, 2011

Another way to find sources is to identify shareholders or directors who are particularly active in your target company.  CIF has a director who held high-ranking positions in state-owned companies. I had more luck getting him on the phone, in part because he was harder to track down and had not been contacted yet by other reporters…

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Bullying Behind Bars: PA’s Juvenile Detention Centers Fail to Protect LGBT Youth

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Published by Philadelphia Weekly on November 30th, 2011

Philadelphia’s DHS commissioner, Anne Marie Ambrose, cites homophobia and the resulting abuse by some staff at the Youth Study Center as a serious concern. “The detention experience, because staff sometimes aren’t trained and aren’t sensitive and aren’t respectful, can be a horrific experience for LGBT youth,” says Ambrose. “Sometimes we’ve had in the past taunting, teasing, really disrespectful, completely inappropriate and unprofessional actions on the part of [our] staff.”

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Fugitive to Surrender in Decades-Old Case


Series published by the San Francisco Chronicle on November 9, 2011, November 11, 2011 and November 22, 2011

For four decades, he lived an alternative life, with a name that wasn’t his own, keeping secret a criminal past. In August, the 67-year-old counselor decided it was time to surrender…

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