Sonam Vashi
Sonam Vashi
Sonam Vashi is an Atlanta-based freelance journalist who writes about justice, inequity, and the South. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, CNN, Atlanta magazine, and several others.Source
Atlanta, Georgia
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After a Wave of Violent Threats Against Election Workers, Georgia Sees Few Arrests

After a Wave of Violent Threats Against Election Workers, Georgia Sees Few Arrests

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.On Nov. 30, 2020, as Georgia slogged through the second recount of its presidential election results, a man in Ohio perusing Twitter came across what he later described as a “call for action” to protect polling locations across the country. His response was to drive more than 500 miles to Gwinnett County in the Atlanta suburbs. He began surveilling the Gwinnett County elections office — and livestreaming his vigil on Twitter.At around 11 a.m. on Dec. 1, the Ohio man zeroed...

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The hotline that helps detained immigrants share their stories

The hotline that helps detained immigrants share their stories

In the first episode of the final season of prison dramedy Orange is the New Black, one character, Maritza Ramos, faces deportation. She is held at an immigrant detention center—which, beyond the show, currently hold more than 30,000 immigrants and are some of the most impenetrable places in the country for journalists. A friend gives Ramos a gift: the number for a free hotline that can provide help. “You gotta be careful, though,” the friend warns. “Apparently, as soon as Big Brother figures out you’re using the hotline, they shut it down.” The National Immigration Detention Hotline is...

July 24, 2020
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What will save Buford Highway's restaurants from COVID-19?

What will save Buford Highway's restaurants from COVID-19?

This story is part of our Resilience of Restaurants issue, which also identifies and examines theIt’s dinner time on Friday along , and the flood of cars that once rushed the boulevard’s six lanes has diminished to a trickle. The taco stands, dress boutiques, and barbershops of the sunset-hued Plaza Fiesta, whose nearly 300 stalls until recently served as the hub of the corridor, mostly are shuttered; the only activity in the plaza’s parking lot are the police vehicles patrolling for rule breakers. The Pinetree West shopping center, where hungry diners used to circle the parking lot in...

May 6, 2020
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