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Reporting on the Tony Robinson Shooting

For the past few months, I have had the privilege of working with the Guardian to cover the issues related to Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr.’s shooting at the hands of a police officer in Madison, WI. The story I did about the initial aftermath of that tragedy highlighted the city’s racial disparities, putting Robinson’s death in a larger context. In the days and weeks that followed, I worked closely with the Guardian’s outstanding senior reporter, Oliver Laughland, to reveal that Robinson had taken magic mushrooms the day of his death and that his close friends, Javier and Anthony Limon, were unlawfully arrested by Madison police in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. All my US coverage for the Guardian is available here: htttp://www.theguardian.com/profile/zoe-sullivan

The doorstep to 1125 Williamson Street, where Tony Robinson was shot, quickly became a memorial to him in the days following his death.
The doorstep to 1125 Williamson Street, where Tony Robinson was shot, quickly became a memorial to him in the days following his death.

Turning the Tide: Challenging the School to Prison Pipeline in New Orleans

Last fall I spent some time at the Tulane Towers Learning Center near the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Broad Street in New Orleans. Jerome Jupiter generously allowed me the freedom to talk to staff and students at his program, New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY). The result is my article on the work they are doing to help people who are not enrolled in traditional schools earn their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. The Crisis, the magazine for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), published the story in its current edition.

NOPLAY students - Essence Washington, Kierra Grimes, Norkeya Jenkins and Tonisha Powell
NOPLAY students – Essence Washington, Kierra Grimes, Norkeya Jenkins and Tonisha Powell