In the wake of the California Supreme Court ruling that Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, can receive a license to practice law in the state, two experts explain how the case is “an opportunity to illustrate some of the absurdities embedded in our immigration laws” and a step forward for justice.

At the Pacific Standard, Amanda Hess looks at the epidemic of gendered harassment online and what’s standing in the way of ensuring equal opportunities for women on the Internet.

How “the growth of democratic expectations, the decline of dictatorships, the expansion of African economies and the explosion of the Internet and other technologies has created new space for African artists to thrive.”

The world’s largest study, to date, of the children of same-sex parents finds that these kids are doing as well as the rest of the population on several key indicators—and scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion.

Some reflections on race and cinema from Harry Belafonte, speaking at the New York Film Critics Circle awards.

We’ve been pleased to see the wealth of coverage related to the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Catch up here, plus:

In The Atlantic, Maria Shriver looks at the female face of poverty and Anne-Marie Slaughter calls for “a social infrastructure that allows people to care for one another, in the same way we provide the basic physical infrastructure that allows them to compete.”

The authors of “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America” point out that crucially, the War on Poverty “recognized that place matters” in shaping people’s access to opportunity. But the geography of poverty has changed dramatically, and “we can’t rely on 50-year-old architecture to succeed in addressing the broader reach and scale of today’s need.”

The unfinished War on Poverty sparked a movement of nonprofit organizations and leaders who remain active today in pushing for change. Nonprofit Quarterly talked to a few of them.

On the Fixes blog, David Bornstein identifies three ways organizations have gotten smarter in their efforts to address social problems.


  • Dec. 20: Fighting gender violence in India, equal marriage and economic inequality, what the tech sector can learn from urbanists.
  • Dec. 13: Stories of poverty and opportunity from the most unequal city in America.
  • Dec. 6: Remembering Madiba, protecting consumers, a crisis in technology talent, the changing face of the AIDS epidemic.
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