DEGREES OF POVERTY

At CUNY, an adjunct's salary is roughly 29-38% of what a full-time professor makes, though adjuncts teach the majority of classes. Meet the organizers leading the fight for fair wages.


A FIGHT FOR MERCI

Due to an assault in 2015 Merci Chrisette, a black trans woman, faces possible prison time in a male facility, unless she can get her case heard in Brooklyn's Mental Health Court. Because mental illness is not clear-cut, the Mental Health Court aims to judge cases in a more nuanced way, and to prevent the rising number of incarcerated people with mental health conditions.

Mental Health As A Civil Right

I AM FARZANNA

Farzanna's story is an intimate portrait of a young Muslim woman recalling her memories growing up Muslim in New York under the long shadows of 9/11. Islamophobia and rampant bullying affected her identity growing up, leading her to entertain dark thoughts of self harm and even suicide.

BRIC TV brought together the voices of those who struggle with mental health, those who treat mental illness and those on the front lines of securing mental health as a civil right for all.


WITHERED HANDS

Brooklynites are paying top dollar for the borough's remaining burial plots. Charles Lucas is a widower who hasn't yet figured out his plan for his final resting place, given the rising costs and quickly diminishing space. Kamaal McQueen, Family Service Counselor at Cypress Hills Cemetery, gives his insight on to ease the end of life transition for family and friends.

reSISTERHOOD:

Domestic workers play an increasingly significant role in the U.S. economy. Yet their labor continues to be invisible and unregulated. These factors, combined, make domestic workers especially vulnerable to exploitation and abuse on the job. In this story we follow Lizeth, who's been a domestic worker since 1994, shortly after she arrived in the U.S.


In a political climate where reproductive rights have increasingly come under attack, we turn to Brooklyn's communities of color, which are most vulnerable with some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and HIV in New York City.

A WEEKEND IN CHICAGO



 

Three days, 64 people shot, six of them dead: Memorial Day on the streets, and the violence that has engulfed families and neighborhoods.

Assistant Video Editor, The New York Times Chicago Bureau