Social Justice

Reading, listening, learning: ASU Libraries provides public BLM resource guide

PHOENIX – ASU Libraries supports its community by creating a comprehensive resource guide on anything and everything related to Black Lives Matter.


For the love of animals: High suicide rates reflect the many stresses of veterinarians

Veterinarians have a much higher suicide rate than the general public, which is something many vets are reluctant to talk about. Advocates say the veterinary field must do more to address the issue.


Female inmate firefighters build character but often can’t use fire skills after release

PHOENIX – Incarcerated firefighters have battled blazes since the 1980s, for less pay and diminished chances of becoming firefighters after release. But that could be changing.


California to phase out Division of Juvenile Justice, creating an opportunity for substantial reform

As California moves to phase out the Division of Juvenile Justice, counties have an opportunity to create community based solutions.


Report: ‘Child care deserts’ hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

WASHINGTON - Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely to be left out, according to a recent study, which did not come as a surprise to state child care advocates.


Study: Post-9/11 vets more likely to be employed, and in steadier jobs

WASHINGTON - Post-9/11 veterans are not only more likely to be employed than the general population, they are also more likely to be in jobs that are immune to recession, according to a recent report by the Census Bureau.


Arizona hate crimes bounced back in 2019, experts fear a surge in 2020

WASHINGTON - Hate crimes in Arizona bounced back in 2019 after a sharp drop the year before, and advocates say they fear the numbers are only going to continue to rise when the tumult of 2020 is reported.

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‘Pushing a rock up the hill’: Former Valley star Tank Johnson leads fight against private prisons

LOS ANGELES – Former NFL player and McClintock High’s Tank Johnson now looks to end prison privatization


A free ride: Erick Cedeño cycles 2,200 miles to experience the Underground Railroad

PHOENIX – Cyclist Erick Cedeño retraces footsteps of the Underground Railroad on wheels.


After years of lowered refugee admissions, Biden plans sharp reversal

WASHINGTON - After years of steadily slashing the number of refugees it will accept, President-elect Joe Biden has said that he plans to raise the number of refugees who can be admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 from the Trump administration's current cap of 15,000.


Gun sales hit record in 2020, driven by pandemic, protests, politics

WASHINGTON - Background checks for gun purchases in Arizona hit their highest level ever in 2020, driven by an unprecedented convergence of a pandemic, a summer of national unrest and a presidential election, experts said.


With focus on COVID-19, experts fear opioid crisis may worsen unseen

WASHINGTON - With the world focused on COVID-19, local and national experts say a growing number of opioid overdoses and deaths is being overlooked, an increase they fear may be driven in part by the pandemic's upheaval to lives and our livelihoods.