Categories & Tags: Community Action

Lawmakers call for hearings on bills demanded by Democracy Spring protesters   |   April 29, 2016
Thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. in April as part of the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening movements to protest big money in politics and advocate expanded...

 

Southerners flock to Washington for Democracy Spring protests   |   April 14, 2016
When Philip Hesslup heard that Republican senators blocked legislation providing medical care for 9/11 first responders last year, that was the last straw. Hesslup, a 29-year-old...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Business vs. bigotry   |   April 1, 2016
Number of prominent business leaders who signed a letter this week calling for a full repeal of North Carolina's HB2, the so-called "bathroom law" that among other...

 

Moral Monday leader launches 15-state tour calling for more love in politics   |   March 31, 2016
In an election year that has seen violence at presidential rallies and targeting of vulnerable minority groups by state officials running for re-election, faith and civil rights...

 

Offshore drilling fight shifts from the Atlantic to the Gulf   |   March 25, 2016
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside the Superdome in New Orleans this week to disrupt a federal auction for Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners...

 

North Carolina community stands up to stop a Central American teen's deportation   |   March 24, 2016
The grassroots movement to halt the deportation of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a 19-year-old who fled his native Honduras two years ago to escape gang violence and was detained during...

 

A 'victory for people over politics' as feds cancel Atlantic drilling plans   |   March 16, 2016
Environmentalists and local community leaders across the Southeast scored a David vs. Goliath victory over the oil and gas industry and its powerful allies in government this week...

 

Florida farmworkers call for Wendy's boycott over fair-food fight   |   March 4, 2016
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group that represents farmworkers in Florida and other Southern states, declared a national boycott of Wendy's this week over the...

 

Massive civil disobedience planned at U.S. Capitol to press case for fair elections   |   February 19, 2016
On April 2, hundreds of Americans will gather at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to begin a 10-day march south to the nation's capital to engage in mass civil disobedience...

 

N.C. voting rights fight moves from the courtroom to the streets   |   February 5, 2016
As the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its...

 

Environmentalists will encircle Louisiana's Superdome to demand an end to new Gulf oil and gas drilling   |   January 27, 2016
This March, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a sale inside the Superdome in New Orleans where it will auction off leases to more than 42 million acres of U....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The overwhelming consensus against Citizens United   |   January 22, 2016
Year in which the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down restrictions on political spending, including secret spending by outside groups unaffiliated with...

 

Charleston workers bring Fight for $15 agenda to South Carolina Democratic debate   |   January 22, 2016
As the Democratic Party held its fourth presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, more than 1,000 low-wage workers shut down the city's streets demanding...

 

NC town called 'ground zero' in offshore drilling fight shows political cost of backing Big Oil over local jobs   |   January 21, 2016
Two years ago this month, more than 300 residents of Kure Beach, North Carolina (pop. 2,000), packed town hall to voice their anger with then-Mayor Dean Lambeth's decision to...

 

Innovative citizen initiatives open access to police data   |   January 8, 2016
As outrage mounts over fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians, a growing number of police departments nationwide are releasing data on officer-involved shootings, use of...

 

7 big wins for Southern progress in 2015   |   December 18, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, we look back and celebrate progress made toward building a better South. The past year was a momentous one on many fronts, with a historic victory on gay...

 

After Rosa sat: The genius and success of the 13-month Montgomery Bus Boycott   |   December 4, 2015
This week the nation remembered the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' momentous decision to refuse to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, a moment that propelled the...

 

Gulf South communities on climate change front lines represented at Paris talks   |   December 4, 2015
More than 150 world leaders gathered this week near the French capital to negotiate a legally binding agreement to curb pollution associated with climate change, with the goal of...

 

Southern workers turn out in force to Fight for $15   |   November 13, 2015
Thousands of fast-food and other low-wage workers across the U.S. took part in strikes and protest rallies this week calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights....

 

VOICES: An unbelievable achievement in the fight against offshore drilling   |   October 22, 2015
By Frank Knapp, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce How hard is it to get 100 percent agreement or participation on anything? It's never done. Never! Well, that remarkable...

 

Enviros take NC settlement over Duke Energy coal ash pollution to court   |   October 14, 2015
The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a legal action this week on behalf of conservation groups seeking to overturn a controversial $7 million settlement between Duke Energy...

 

Feeding a new economy: Local food systems in the South   |   October 8, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation has launched a "Southern Voices"...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The ongoing fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   October 2, 2015
Date on which America's Journey for Justice, a voting rights march that began in Selma, Alabama on Aug. 1, reached Washington, D.C., finishing at the steps of the Lincoln...

 

Faith's social mandate   |   September 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation has launched a "Southern Voices"...

 

300+ East Coast businesses send letter to Obama opposing Atlantic drilling   |   September 10, 2015
More than 300 businesses along the East Coast sent a letter to President Obama this week urging his administration to drop the Atlantic from the proposed plan for offshore oil and...