How this woman’s indigenous sign language is helping her connect with her culture | Start Classified

The word “deaf” isn’t just an adjective for Paula MacDonald — it’s part of her identity. Growing up, she attended the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf in Belleville, Ontario, where she learned American Sign Language (ASL) as her primary means of communication. That’s where “I got really culturally deaf,” MacDonald told CBC through … Read more

Putin signs decrees paving the way for annexation of Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporizhia Oblasts | Russia | Start Classified

Vladimir Putin has signed decrees paving the way for the formal annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories of Kherson and Zaporizhia to Russia. On Friday, the Russian president is expected to sign off on the annexations of four Ukrainian regions — Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk — where Russia has held fake referendums over the … Read more

9 ways to help women in Iran after Mahsa Jina Amini’s death | Start Classified

No woman should be murdered or imprisoned for what she wears, yet this is the harsh reality for many women living in Iran under the country’s authoritarian government. For decades, women living in Iran have been abused, silenced and their rights confiscated through the enforcement of tough laws. Women in the country have routinely faced … Read more

How to Fix America’s Confusing Voting System | Louisiana inspired | Start Classified

Editor’s Note: This story, written by Aliyya Swaby and Annie Waldman, was originally published by ProPublica and co-published by Gray TV/Investigate TV. The history is part of Solutions Journalism Network’s SoJo Exchange, a nonprofit dedicated to rigorously reporting on answers to social issues. Each week, Louisiana Inspired will feature a story from solutions journalism that … Read more