Karen Bannan

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The Roots of Environmental Justice Take Hold

Environmental justice’s formative document turns 30 this year, and like a fledging adult, the movement is finally putting down roots. The seeds of the movement emerged in October, 1991 at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, held in Washington, D.C. During that event, organizers released the Principles of Environmental Justice, which detail how

Finding Solutions to Wastewater Issues: A Q&A with Catherine Coleman Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers is talking about something that we don’t hear about too often: waste and sanitation. Flowers, a 2020 MacArthur Genius grant recipient, is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, which seeks to address the root causes of poverty by seeking sustainable solutions. In her work she’s taking on a lack

Q&A: Dr. Moya Bailey, author, Misogynoir Transformed

Dr. Moya Bailey is an assistant professor of Africana Studies and the program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion, and she is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented

Yes, Data Can Be Biased

If you had the opportunity to build a model or algorithm from the ground up, what is the first thing that comes to mind – methodology, outcomes, impact?  Many people would say you must begin with data. Data is a good place to start, but much like technology, data is not neutral and can affect

Fast Tech, Slow Change

It may seem like technology will speed processes and improve outcomes, but that isn’t always the case. Here’s why.  In January 2009, we assumed we struck gold. After three years of experimentation we finally reaped real results in our efforts to spread public service innovations across cities. Billions of people around the world got subpar

“Intimate Violence is Not a Natural Disaster.”

As President Joe Biden’s transition team recently explained when reintroducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, “as many as 1 in 3 women are subjected to physical violence, rape and/or stalking by a partner at some point in their lives. The rate is even higher for women of color, lesbian and bisexual women, and transgender people.” Finding a solution

Q&A: And The Children Shall Lead Us

Peace First launched 30 years ago at Harvard University with a single truism: In order to solve the world’s most pressing and difficult problems, young people must be empowered with the right skills, tools, resources, and knowledge. That idea morphed from an off-line educational effort to a multimillion dollar power house very quickly, but something