New York Women’s Prison Reclaimed By Former Inhabitants

Bayview Correctional Facility was once a very dangerous women’s prison in New York. Records show that it once had the highest number of staff sexual assaults in the country.

Now that it’s been closed, the building is going to be used as a safe haven for women’s a girl’s rights organizers, some of which were once inhabitants of the prison.

Kaya Thomas

Black Dartmouth Student, Kaya Thomas, Creates Directory For Diverse Books

Not everyone has a passion for literature or a knowledge of coding. But, combining those with an interest in representation might result in something spectacular. For example, Dartmouth College student Kaya Thomas created new phone app called We Read Too. She saw a need for readers to find books written by diverse authors about diverse characters. Then, she fulfilled it herself. 

Ziad Ahmed

Muslim Teen Ziad Ahmed Accepted To Stanford After After Writing #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times In Application

According to Mic, Muslim teen Ziad Ahmed had a very simple answer when the Stanford University application asked, “What matters to you, and why?” All he could think of was: Black Lives.

Ahmed’s story went viral after he shared the news that he was accepted to Stanford. His story is more special than most because he chose to write #BlackLivesMatter exactly 100 times on the college application essay. Doing so was a gamble, but it surely paid off for the New Jersey teen.

Innocent Man Freed From Prison After Serving 20 Years of A Life Sentence

Just a couple of weeks ago, Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent helped Andrew Leander Wilson return to his family after spending 32 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. More recently, they’ve helped another innocent man be released after serving 20 years of a life sentence.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Marco Contreras finally gained his freedom from Calipatria State Prison with the help of Ricardo Perez.