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Mother Jones September/October 2019

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.

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To tell the story of a small Oakland public school’s closure, EDWIN RIOS spent this spring roaming its locker-lined halls, watching YouTube with its sixth graders, and getting deep with the school principal (“Class Warfare”). Rios, who has spent three years reporting on education and inequality for Mother Jones, has covered segregation, teachers’ strikes, and a school district devastated by wildfire. ANNIE FLANAGAN’S favorite moments in photography happen when their subjects forget the camera. For the portrait of Mississippi activist Laurie Bertram Roberts (“Where Roe Doesn’t Reach”), Flanagan sat on a bedroom floor for two hours, talking with Roberts until the right moment arrived. Their work has been published in the New York Times, ESPN, and Smithsonian magazine. At first, MICHAELA HAAS believed it was rare for rape survivors to have to…

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class warfare

BEHIND THE cheerful faces in these photos is a bitter reality. The life and death of Roots International Academy are in many ways the story of how Oakland, California, reached what education historian Diane Ravitch calls its “inflection point,” a moment when its school system hovers between a vision of education as a public good and one of education as a commodity. “It’s either going to be destroyed by charters,” Ravitch told me, “or the parents and teachers there are going to recover a public school system.” Education reformers have “been successful at disrupting Oakland without improving it.” Born in 2006 during a nationwide “small schools” boom, this public middle school in the East Oakland flatlands shut its doors for good at the end of this past school year, the first closure…

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civics lesson

GOV. MATT BEVIN was praising Kentuckians as “the most hospitable people on the earth,” but you could barely make out his remarks over the chorus of boos. He was speaking in May at the Kentucky Derby’s trophy presentation, and observers would later debate whether the jeers were intended for Bevin, who polls show is the nation’s most unpopular governor, or for race officials, who had disqualified the favorite and Triple Crown contender, Maximum Security. The answer, it seemed, was a little of each. Bevin had revved up his reelection campaign earlier that day, airing his first ad during the Derby coverage, a prime way to reach a wide swath of his state. As Churchill Downs, the site of the famous horse race, faded to commercial, viewers received one clear message: If…

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investigate less, smile more

RICHARD BURR WAS contrite. It was late February 2017, and the Washington Post had just exposed the North Carolina Republican and chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee for running damage control for the Trump administration over its mounting Russia scandal. Along with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), his counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, Burr had spoken to reporters at the behest of the White House to rebut reports that the Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence operatives. The combative Nunes made no apologies for his efforts to shield the new president from scrutiny. But Burr was different. He immediately moved to address the criticism. At a closed-door meeting with intelligence committee members days after the story broke, Burr acknowledged he had made a mistake. He pledged to avoid future…

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approach the bench

ONE MORNING in February, Brittney, a baby-faced 17-year-old with short black braids, stands in front of a juvenile court judge in Compton, California, talking about kittens. Brittney had been in and out of the justice system since she was 14, after the state removed her from her physically abusive mother. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, Brittney bounced from group homes to foster care to the streets. She got involved with sex work. She’d been convicted of burglary and attempted robbery; in one incident, Brittney tried to steal a cellphone from a woman sitting at a bus stop with her 3-year-old. But today, Brittney is telling the judge about cats and her work with the veterinary program at the juvenile detention center in the Santa Clarita Valley, where she has spent the…

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plan c

WHEN LAWMAKERS IN Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky passed legislation this year effectively ending all or most abortions in their states, it seemed to confirm what many Americans, pro-choice and anti-abortion alike, have long anticipated: The post-Roe era is coming. What would that new landscape look like? For those who protested the new laws with red cloaks and coat hangers, it’s a nightmarish mashup of the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale and the bad old days of back-alley abortions. Meanwhile, the president of Americans United for Life scoffs at such “ominous warnings,” insisting that “women can, and will, flourish in a society that does not constitutionalize abortion on demand.” This moment has been a long time coming, the result of a steadily building backlash against choice. Roe v.…