Hope in a Deathtrap: Saving Migratory Birds in Chicago

In the hours before dawn, the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) arm themselves with nets and scour the streets looking for the dead and injured victims of the city’s glass. They work in the dark to reach the dead and wounded before a gull or a crow seizes the wounded as prey, before a street cleaner sweeps them into the gutter, before the cars and pedestrians pour downtown, trampling birds too weak to carry themselves to safety.

Efforts to raise profile of Native American voters paying off in 2020 campaigns

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Decades-long efforts to increase Native American voting, voting rights and political engagement have paid off for indigenous communities, with Democratic candidates paying unprecedented levels of attention to their issues. In 2018, over 100 Native Americans ran for office. In states like North Dakota with high native populations and close elections, native voters were in a position to influence the midterms.

'As Iowan as cornfields': How immigration changed one small town

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- When Maria Gonzalez was 3 years old, her mother heard from family who had already immigrated to the U.S. that she could find work in Marshalltown, Iowa. She followed their advice and took her two young children from Villachuato, their small town in central Mexico, to take a job on the line of the town's meat-processing plant, Swift & Co. That was in the 1990s. Today, though its name has changed, the plant remains the largest employer in the town. For the Gonzalez family,

Ethiopian Diaspora Community Embraces New Prime Minister

Anyone near 9th and M Streets NW in downtown Washington, D.C., on one hot Saturday this summer would have seen steady streams of people in the vibrant green, red, and yellow of the Ethiopian flag making their way to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There they would join thousands of other Ethiopians who had flooded into the city from across the country to hear their recently elected prime minister Abiy Ahmed speak that afternoon.

In Black and White: How Climate Change Is Affecting Iran

Across Iran, government mismanagement, drought, and climate change are devastating some of the country’s most beautiful bodies of water. To those who have yet to feel the impact of climate change first-hand, it may seem like a distant problem with little effect on their daily lives. But to the people whose way of life depends on those disappearing lakes, climate change feels far from distant. In 2016, Pulitzer Center grantee and Persephone Miel Fellow Ako Salemi traveled across Iran to document how climate change is impacting his country with his stark black and white photographs.
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