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Virginia O'Brien and Carol Deanow joined the Boston Red Cloaks at the State House on May 7 to advocate for women’s rights. The women are all part of the Bad Old Days Posse — a group of women, some of whom have had illegal abortions, who educate college students about what life was like before Roe v. Wade.

Abortion rights are protected in Massachusetts — or so we thought

And then we read Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft. 2 hours ago

People pray outside the scene of Saturday's shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday. The shooting is the latest example of something that's been part of US history since the beginning: targeted racial violence.

Buffalo shooting and the politics of hate

Racist ramblings and ready access to weapons create a perfect storm of violence.

People attend a prayer vigil in Buffalo on Sunday for the victims killed in the Saturday mass shooting.

How many white Americans will do anything more than shake their heads about the Buffalo massacre?

You can attribute that to white privilege, but I think it illustrates something sadder — resignation.

A woman covers her mouth with her hand as people gather outside of Tops market on Sunday in Buffalo, New York. The day before a gunman opened fire at the store, killing ten people and wounding another three.

The politics of white backlash and the endless cycle of racial violence, division, and anger

The 19th-century “Lost Cause” advocates have become the 21st-century defenders of a racial status quo many thought relegated to history’s dustbin in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s election.

A 2017 Globe’s 2017 Spotlight series on race in Boston highlighted a major wealth gap problem in Massachusetts. Here, a laborer passes an advertisement at the Pier 4 project on Northern Ave in the Seaport District on Sept. 27, 2017.

The $8 figure that shamed Boston gets an update

Seven years after a Fed study exposed just how wide the region’s wealth gap remains, a welcome follow-up is in the works.

Pro-choice demonstrators outside the house of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in Alexandria, Va., on Monday.

Why it’s wrong to protest at a judge’s home

Coming to an official’s house targets them as a person rather than as a professional fulfilling a role — a boundary we should care deeply about.

This engraving, based on a photograph, shows Ellen Craft in her disguise as a white man, which she used to escape slavery with her husband.

Women who refused to let gender roles get in their way

In her new book, a comedy writer shares stories about women who thrived by pretending to be men.

Mukhlis "Mike" Murad in 2018, after he was swept up in a deportation raid in Michigan.

Iraqi immigrants still stuck in Trump’s cruel and pointless purgatory

A 2017 edict swept up hundreds of people who have lived here for decades and could be killed if they are returned to a country they barely know.