Illustration of a buffalo leaning down to sip water from the Niagara River, with the Niagara Falls in the distance

The regrettable opacity of toponymy

While language may seem to change rather quickly, toponyms, or place names, tend to last. People often care deeply about them, making them so entrenched in the culture of a place that they can outlive whole civilizations.
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Infographic of COVID-19 infection rates in American cities and counties vs. in jails.

Building a more humane future: Organizing for prison abolition during COVID-19

Some New York jails have been reported to have infection rates as much as 80 times the infection rate of the United States, while the infamous Rikers Island jail complex has an infection rate more than 4.5 times higher than New York City does, according to The Legal Aid Society. These numbers raise concerns about infection rates and health conditions in detention facilities across the country, where, in total, 2.3 million people are incarcerated.
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