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Mother Jones

Mother Jones

January/February 2020

Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization with a bi-monthly magazine that delivers bold and original reporting on the urgent issues of our day, from politics and climate change to education and the food we eat. We investigate stories that are in the public’s interest. From revelatory scoops to deep-dive investigations, Mother Jones journalism is award-winning storytelling that informs and inspires 10 million monthly readers.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Foundation For National Progress
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
contributors

When almost no one she spoke to had heard of Momentum, the organizing framework behind the Sunrise Movement (“The Young and the Relentless”), Mother Jones climate reporter REBECCA LEBER knew she was on to something. A 2018 Vermont Law School fellow and winner of a 2017 SEAL Environmental Journalism Award, she interviewed sources as young as 8 and as old as (nearly) 80 in 2019. Mother Jones writing fellow JACOB ROSENBERG attended the Bay Area gathering Stoicon-X to learn about Stoicism as modern self-help (“The Grueling Class”). There, he spoke to one man who compared the Stoic tradition to Dr. Phil. Rosenberg encountered the Stoics through his mom, who skipped lunch in high school to learn Latin. He’s worked at the Arkansas Times and has written for the Oxford American. In this…

4 min.
bullies united

I WATCHED THE Ukraine story break back in early September among a crowd of more than 1,200 investigative journalists from around the world. They’d asked me to join their conference to talk about how Mother Jones’ nonprofit model sustains our reporting. But really I was learning from them. I’ve never been in a room so full of courage. There were Russians and Italians battling their respective mafias; Brits confronting law firms that specialize in harassing journalists; Indians who quit their jobs rather than accede to the government’s censorship demands; Danes who had marched against cuts to public broadcasting; Ukrainians presenting on “How to Investigate the Murder of Your Colleague.” All of them had one thing in common: They were up against the international league of political bullies. You know the type—leaders who manipulate…

6 min.
the last roundup

ON AN OCTOBER morning, two men and a woman wearing cowboy hats, bearing American flags, and sitting atop horses rode into a windowless conference room in the depths of a Ramada Inn on the edge of Omaha. When they reached the front of the room and faced the crowd of about 500 ranchers, a man stepped to a podium flanked by a dozen American flags sticking out of hay bales and gave an animated recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The riders filed out, and the crowd erupted in cheers. Two men sporting yellow “Cowboys for Trump” T-shirts leaped to their feet in applause. This wasn’t a Trump rally. Rather, these ranchers, some from as far away as Alabama, had converged to demand that the White House rein in the power…

8 min.
messing with texas

JESSICA CISNEROS needed to find a dentist. When she decided to challenge Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar in the upcoming Democratic primary, Cisneros quit her job and moved back in with her parents in Laredo to save money. She’d bought her own insurance plan after turning 26 last May, but it didn’t include dental, and she still had six figures in law school debt. So when Cisneros needed a root canal in July, she went with the cheapest option: Mexico. Affordable and accessible health care is hard to come by on the border. A third of the county she lives in is uninsured. Diabetics go to Nuevo Laredo for insulin. Women go there for birth control. Cisneros met a woman who saved up for a mammogram, only to be hit with another…

4 min.
ballots vs. bullets

ON MAY 31, a disgruntled city employee entered a municipal building in Virginia Beach and opened fire, killing 12 people. Virginians were horrified, then outraged. Ever since the mass shooting that killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, there’d been a growing push to strengthen the state’s comparatively loose gun laws. But Virginia Beach was a tipping point: Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam convened a special legislative session in July with the sole purpose of passing gun control laws. Yet Virginia is also home to the National Rifle Association. On the day legislators gathered in Richmond, NRA officials turned the Republican House speaker’s conference room into a de facto war room, distributing hundreds of hats and T-shirts to the gun rights supporters who showed up at the Capitol. Some were packing…

1 min.
book ’em

BEHIND THE WALLS of California State Prison, Sacramento, six inmates gather in the library for their weekly short-story club. It almost feels like a classroom, except that the computers don’t connect to the internet, and there are no cozy chairs or natural light. A back room has metal cages where prisoners with behavioral problems can do legal research. About half of the books are donations, and the pickings are limited: Nonfiction is kept behind the counter, and most of the fiction is locked away in another small room. Michael Blanco, who is 19 years into an 87-to-life sentence, says this is a vast improvement over his last facility. “Right here is all right because you can fill out a form and ask for books and request them. It might take a…