Social Justice

Forensic scientist removing a hair from an article of clothing at a crime scene
In a piece for the Marshall Project, independent journalist Rene Ebersole delves into some of the scientific problems with crime scene hair analysis — and how both victims’ rights groups and law enforcement are reacting.
May. 15, 2024
On this episode of Word, we discuss a new romance book club in the Valley, how the 2022 shooting of a Valley man by a former Phoenix police officer inspired a collection of poems and a new collection of climate fiction short stories.
May. 10, 2024
Four members of an all-female mariachi band are seen here about to play a song.
The majority of women who come through the doors at one domestic violence shelter in the Valley are mothers. Shelter staff and several local businesses celebrated them Thursday.
May. 10, 2024
Tyina Steptoe
Tyina Steptoe studies protest songs that are specific to the Black community. Steptoe is an associate professor of history at the University of Arizona and has taught a community class called A Racial Justice Mixtape.
May. 7, 2024
Darlene McIntosh tries to call over her stray pets as the Geronimo Animal Rescue Team made a daily check-up visit in late-April 2024.
There are plenty of dogs, cats and other stray animals on tribal reservations. These volunteers have made it their mission to take care of them, and one is getting national recognition.
More tribal natural resources stories
May. 5, 2024
U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo
The new law goes into effect in August, and makes changes to a program called the T visa — a special visa for non-U.S. citizens who are victims of sex or labor trafficking incidents.
Apr. 30, 2024
Pro-Palestine Gaza war encampment protest at ASU Tempe Campus
State Press reporter Sophia Ramirez was at ASU covering protests over the war in Gaza all weekend. She spoke with The Show about what she saw.
Apr. 30, 2024
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Students at the University of Arizona have set up a protest encampment on campus calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and divestment from companies tied to Israel — the latest in a string of similar university encampments across the country.
Apr. 29, 2024
Plaque that reads, "This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior"
Randolph was established in 1925 and is considered Arizona’s longest-surviving Black community that’s associated with the Great Migration of the mid-20th century — when some 6 million African Americans moved from the South to other parts of the country.
Apr. 24, 2024
A room in the emergency department of Banner University Medical Center
A new, national report that looks at health outcomes of Americans found considerable disparities between white and nonwhite individuals — even in high-performing states like Massachusetts. In Arizona, those disparities are even more dramatic.
Apr. 19, 2024
two people holding hands
For the roughly 159,000 Arizonans living with an intellectual or developmental disability, having someone to help with things from teeth brushing to job hunting is vital. But direct support professionals — DSPs, as they’re known in the industry — are struggling.
Apr. 15, 2024
Mural of kids
Diné College is one of 14 tribal grant recipients from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund projects that recognize the traumatic legacies of federally run boarding schools.
Apr. 12, 2024
Cardiac Canyon stretches for 2.5 miles and is part of Antelope Canyon near Page.
“Bad Indian: Hiding in Antelope Canyon” premiered at the Phoenix Film Festival and tells the story of Hastiin Tadidinii — whose name translates to "Corn Pollen Man" and who avoided the Long Walk forced on the Navajos starting in 1863.
Apr. 10, 2024
Alex Soto, director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, emcees the grand opening of a new space at Hayden Hall on the Tempe campus.
Last Wednesday, Arizona State University held an open house at Hayden Hall on the Tempe campus to honor a new space for the Labriola National Indian Data Center.
Apr. 8, 2024
On this episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature, we celebrate National Poetry Month and the release of the debut crime novel from an Emmy Award-winning and long-time KJZZ reporter.
Apr. 6, 2024
a red ribbon on a denim jacket
Indian Country has long been disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. And for the first-time ever, a pair of Native Americans are co-chairing the Aunt Rita’s Foundation annual AIDS Walk in Tempe on Saturday.
Apr. 3, 2024
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This historic gathering has attracted hundreds of experts, scholars, researchers and activists to southern Arizona to establish a national standard for Indigenous data governance and help tribal communities protect their traditional knowledge.
Apr. 1, 2024
A crowd listens to families and victims of sober living homes share their devastating stories at a town hall meeting organized by 'Stolen People, Stolen Benefits,' a grassroots watchdog group on Tuesday, March 26.
On Tuesday night, both rural and urban Natives traveled from near and far to the site of a former boarding school at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix to share the devastating impacts of a sober-living-home scandal that gained widespread notoriety after the shutdown of more than 300 facilities last year.
Mar. 27, 2024
Crossbars in the middle of public bench
Since the 1970s, cities have been employing something called "hostile architecture" to try to keep certain people from being in certain places. Some states are now starting to rethink this, but Jonathan Pacheco Bell says it’s still very common in cities around the world.
Mar. 26, 2024
tents at 'the zone' homeless encampment in downtown phoenix
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated more than 11% of the country’s population was at or below the poverty line. Matt Desmond, though, says there are things all of us can do to try to reduce that number.
Mar. 25, 2024


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