Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock is a staff writer at CityLab. He was previously the justice editor at Grist.

Members of a tenants' organization in East Harlem gather outside the office of landlord developer Dawnay, Day Group, as lawyers attempt to serve the company with court papers on behalf of tenants, during a press conference in New York. The tenant's group, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, filed suit against Dawnay, Day Group, the London-based investment corporation "for harassing tenants by falsely and illegally charging fees in attempts to push immigrant families from their homes and gentrify the neighborhood," said Chaumtoli Huq, an attorney for the tenants.

Toward Being a Better Gentrifier

There’s a right way and a wrong way to be a neighbor during a time of rapid community change.

A New Divestment Movement Against Trump Gears Up

New York City has pledged to divest its pension holdings from companies involved in the private prison industry. But the ultimate goal is to help build a mass movement against the White House.

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Bradford Young Trains His Lens on Pittsburgh's Hill District

Hollywood’s new wunderkind cinematographer took time out of his schedule filming Arrival and Star Wars to visit and interpret the photography of Pittsburgh’s legendary Charles “Teenie” Harris.

The Case For Hiring Ex-Offenders

New research shows how keeping people with criminal records out of the workforce costs us.

Why New Orleans Leads the U.S. in Wrongful Convictions

Louisiana just passed a suite of prison reform bills, but incarceration will remain a problem so long as district attorneys keep wrongfully locking people up.

Can Cities Hack Diversity?

Pittsburgh has declared itself an “inclusive innovation city,” meaning it is committed to making sure that white people aren’t the only beneficiaries of the tech-based economy it’s trying to cultivate. Here’s how that’s working out.

Why Jails Are Booming

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the populations of local jails are swelling for reasons that have little to do with crime.

How Robert E. Lee Got Knocked Off His Pedestal

Before New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made his celebrated speech, a grassroots movement forced the city to take down its monuments to white supremacy.

When Cities Fought the Feds Over Apartheid

In 1986, the city of Baltimore battled the Reagan administration over its local anti-apartheid ordinances—and won. How they prevailed may have important lessons for cities trying to resist Trump today.

Activist H. Rap Brown converses with a crowd, including newsmen, outside Hamilton Hall as he leaves the building on Columbia University's campus on April 26, 1968.

Behind the Black Architectural Resistance

In the early 1970s, Sharon Sutton got an Ivy League education at Columbia University—spurred by insurgency—that helped her become a leading African-American architect today.

The 5 Scariest Things About Jeff Sessions's New War on Drugs

Four criminal justice experts weigh in on what the attorney general is saying in his memo on federal drug sentencing.

In a stunt that's gone viral, Elyse Chelsea Clark organized an fake engagement photoshoot to proclaim her love for Popeyes.

The New Urban Fried-Chicken Crisis

The life and death and rebirth of fried chicken in American cities.

Why Is Medical Cannabis a Racial Equity Priority?

The leaders of Oakland’s new Office of Race and Equity talk about why leveling the playing field in the cannabis industry is so important.

A Crime Victim's Defiant Final Testimony

New Orleans journalist and reformer Deb Cotton, who died on May 2, refused to testify against the person who shot her four years ago. In a New York Times op-ed published today, she explained why.

Race and Weed in Maryland

Of 15 medical marijuana licenses the state awarded last year, none went to African Americans. Larry Hogan, Maryland’s GOP governor, has ordered a study to find out why.

Meet the Multiracial Defenders Of Confederate Memorials

African Americans and Native Americans are standing with the defenders of Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Photojournalist Abdul Aziz crossed the battle lines to find out why.  

The Case for Weed Reparations

Oakland is leading the nation in defining what racial equity means by revising its medical cannabis business permit process to favor applicants who’ve been swept up in the war on drugs.

What Was Lost in the Fires of the L.A. Riots

In a new documentary, previously unseen footage collected by the Los Angeles Police Department reveals how the narrative of the riots has changed in 25 years.

President Donald Trump listens during an opioid and drug abuse listening session, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Five Big Questions About Trump's First 100 Days on Criminal Justice Reforms

There are many known unknowns about what Trump and Sessions are planning for their law-and-order agenda. Here’s what it all adds up to.

Applying the 'Rooney Rule' to Cities

Pittsburgh will borrow a page from the NFL’s diversity playbook in order to get more people of color into leadership positions in city government.

How Alabama's Shady Governor Cultivated a Culture of Disenfranchisement

The downfall of Governor Robert Bentley reveals that thwarting voting rights is just part of the state’s accepted electoral landscape.