Raven Rakia

Drugs

This 'Hypocritical' Loophole Can Get You Busted for Weed in NYC

A new policy of lenience in America's largest city is being enforced in strange ways.
Raven Rakia
11.19.18
The Prison Issue

Can a Former Inmate Fix Rikers as a Regulator?

After spending more than ten years in New York's prisons and jails, Stanley Richards has dedicated his life to improving the lives of the incarcerated.
Raven Rakia
10.12.15
the Earth Died Screaming Issue

Coal Ash May Be Making Pennsylvania Inmates Sick, and Now They're Fighting to Shut Their Prison Down

Did the authorities in charge of SCI Fayette put its prisoners at risk of illnesses that usually affect coal miners?
Raven Rakia
5.5.15
News

Exclusive Video: Did the NYPD Really Need to Pepper-Spray a Guy Waiting for the Train?

The latest casualty of New York City's controversial policing scheme, which critics say targets people of color for victimless crimes, was a young man waiting for the subway in Brooklyn.
Raven Rakia
10.17.14
News

Refugees in Kenya Are Being Forced Back to War-Torn Somalia

Meet Ifran. Last November, her life changed when police started bullying her into bribes, accusing her of being a terrorist, and threatening her with deportation.
Raven Rakia
4.30.14
News

Transported to Camp Arbat: the Invisible Scars of Syrian Teens

For the first time, I was intimidated by the presence of a 13-year-old. Before I asked my first question, she beat me to it: "Where do you live?" Her response would've been the same regardless of my answer. It was a setup for her next question: "Can...
Raven Rakia
10.24.13
News

Sudan Revolts: Internet Blackouts and Dead Protesters on the Streets

Sudan is literally on fire. The past five days in Sudan were filled with blocked roads, gas stations on fire, and live ammunition at the funerals of dead protesters, and there have been multiple reports of live ammunition and heavy tear gas in multiple...
Raven Rakia
9.27.13
News

Women Are on Strike Against Rape Culture in India

On Wednesday, my roommate told me women were on strike, and when I asked her which industry, she said, “No, just women. I called in sick… They asked me what I had, and I said I was sick of rape culture.” Women in India changed their Facebook photos to...
Raven Rakia
8.30.13