Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown
Updated: July 25, 12 p.m.
Two major wildfires in central and southern California, which started Friday and spread quickly through the weekend, destroying homes and forcing evacuations in nearby communities as thousands of firefighters continue to battle both blazes.
As of Monday at noon, the Sand
“This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.”— Kerner Commission report, 1968
July has been a particularly tense time for police and low-income communities of color.
First came deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, two
At long last … the Republican National Convention is upon us.
After a rocky first day, including a suppressed party rebellion and a Melania Trump speech that sounded suspiciously similar to an 8-year-old address by Michelle Obama — Republican delegates formally nominated Donald Trump for president.
Tensions between police and communities of color boiled over last week after a series of horrific incidents over a three day period that included the fatal police shootings of two black men in Baton Rogue, La. and suburban St. Paul, Minn., and the murder of five police officers during a
For every 100 black women living in the Bay Area, there are only 88 black men, according to a KQED Lowdown analysis.
This gender imbalance is notably greater than in any other racial group, and reflects the disproportionately high rate of incarceration among black males.
African-Americans made up about 7 percent of
Puerto Rico is drowning in debt.
The cash-strapped U.S. island territory in the Caribbean hasn't been financially sound for at least a decade, and for years has borrowed huge sums of money to make ends meet.
Now it's buried under $72 billion of debt – equivalent to
As it has for more than three decades, homelessness continues to be one of San Francisco's most troublesome, intractable problems. It's also proved to be a political lightning rod in a city with a significant income gap. Every mayor since Dianne Feinstein has promised to solve the issue, but all
Just days into summer, California is already feeling the burn and bracing for a long, hot wildfire season ahead.
The Erskine fire in Kern County, northeast of Bakersfield has already scorched more than 45,000 acres, or 70 square miles, the largest blaze so far this year
Sunday marks one year since the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage a fundamental right, a landmark decision legalizing the practice nationwide.
This musical GIF, marking when each state's gay marriage laws went into effect — orchestrated to the rhythm of Bruno Mars' “Marry You” — shows the dramatic expansion of gay
Included as a fundamental right in the U.S. Constitution, firearms have long played a pivotal role in America's history and culture. Federal gun regulations, though, were largely nonexistent until well into the 20th Century, and today remain exceptionally lenient compared to gun laws in most other wealthy nations.
But it wasn't
The Supreme Court dealt a fatal blow Thursday to President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The court split 4-4, upholding a lower court's decision to block the president's actions. The proposal would have allowed more than four million undocumented residents in the United States to
California is pulling the plug on nuclear power.
The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, the state's last remaining nuclear generator, is scheduled to close by 2025, part of a deal announced Tuesday between facility operator Pacific Gas & Electric and a coalition of environmental groups. Activists have fought for
Ah fire season, how we missed you.
Despite a relatively wet winter, California is still in a drought as it heads into a long, hot summer. Already, there have already been several small but fierce blazes that have threatened homes and demanded extensive resources and manpower to contain.
A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. early Sunday morning, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with police. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
This is the 133rd mass