Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock is Grist's justice editor. Follow him on Twitter at @brentinmock.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 4:00pm
We Graded the Feds on their Environmental Justice Programs — Here's How They Fared
As the winds settled from Hurricane Sandy, Shaun Donovan, then-head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), vowed that his agency would give the communities that were most impacted by the superstorm the highest priority for revovery efforts. Donovan’s federal task force on...
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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 9:15am
How African Americans Beat One of the Most Racist Institutions: The Swimming Pool
Because this water drown my family, this water mixed my blood This water tells my story, this water knows it all Go ahead and spill some champagne in the water Go ahead and watch the sun blaze on the waves of the ocean. – Frank Ocean, “Oceans” In 1930s New Orleans, when the city began draining...
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Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 9:13am
U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All
If ever there was a time to have a fully functional U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development it is now in the aftermath of the housing market crash, which began in 2007 and has yet to recover whole. But today, on the eleventh day of the government shutdown, HUD has definitely suffered the hardest blow: 96 percent of their staff, or 8,372 out of 8,709 people, are out of work right now.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 3:45pm
Necessary Tension Around Obama at March on Washington 50th Anniversary
The announcement that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address on August 28 at the same hour and place Martin Luther King presented the “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago has opened a debate about whether Obama is deserving of that honor. Given the subversive context of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, which President John F.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 11:44am
Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here
LaVon Bracy, 63, understands the stakes in Florida’s current voting rights battle all too well. Her father, the Rev. Thomas Wright, is a civil rights luminary and former NAACP president who spent much of the 1960s fighting segregation, often under threat of death. When his chapter of the NAACP sued Alachua County Public Schools to desegregate, a teenage Bracy sacrificed her senior year to help integrate a white school.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 1:16pm
Five Million Voters May Lose Rights in the 2012 Elections
Today’s Super Tuesday primary involves 10 states and 437 delegates at stake for the Republican Party’s presidential prospects. There are two states among that crop that are worth taking a look at: Georgia and Tennessee.
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