Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

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...

 

Winning the fight against gerrymandering in the South   |   January 29, 2016
After the wave of Tea Party victories across the nation turned more state legislatures red in 2010, Republican lawmakers redistricted their states to the party's benefit. In...

 

Fables of the Reconstruction: Why Clinton's comments about Southern history matter   |   January 28, 2016
At a CNN town hall for the Democratic presidential hopefuls this week, Hillary Clinton was asked a seemingly softball question: Who is your favorite president of all time? Clinton...

 

VOICES: I quit the NC State Bar for serving power instead of the people   |   January 20, 2016
In January 2014, Lewis Pitts retired from Legal Aid of North Carolina and the practice of law after 40 years as a public-interest attorney. Pitts helped start the Christic...

 

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

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...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Mobilizing against voter suppression in North Carolina   |   December 4, 2015
Date on which the North Carolina NAACP, Democracy North Carolina and faith leaders held a press conference to announce the launch of a mass voter engagement campaign in advance of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A historic victory for voting rights and racial justice in Kentucky   |   November 25, 2015
Date on which Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), in one of his last acts in office, signed an executive order to automatically restore voting rights to certain felons who've...

 

Where are the South's women candidates?   |   November 5, 2015
On Tuesday, voters across the South went to the polls to vote for their candidates of choice among a pool of people representing various issues, platforms and ideologies. But when...

 

What went wrong with the South?   |   November 3, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC In an article last month for the Washington Post, Chico Harlan describes the difficulties facing young people growing up in some of the nation's lowest...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The harsh treatment of black girls in the South's public schools   |   October 30, 2015
Date on which the FBI and the Justice Department announced they were opening an investigation into the violent arrest of a 16-year-old African-American girl identified as Shakara...

 

Big money in judicial elections intensifies racial imbalance on the courts   |   October 30, 2015
Big money is flowing into state supreme court elections at unprecedented levels, and it's hurting the racial diversity of the bench. Two reports released this week —...

 

Reframing campaign finance as a civil rights issue   |   October 22, 2015
To help build the movement addressing the problem of big money in politics, reformers need to reframe the issue in a way that engages voters by emphasizing issues that affect...

 

Flag-waving Southern secessionists square off against anti-Rebel flag University of Mississippi students   |   October 19, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Within minutes of a rally Friday by University of Mississippi students calling on the university to take down the state flag with its Confederate emblem...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who makes up the political 'donor class'?   |   October 16, 2015
Estimated amount that will be spent on political ads this presidential election season: $4.4 billion Increase that represents over the last presidential election cycle: $1.4...

 

Food sovereignty honorees show 'there is another way to fight hunger'   |   October 15, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams Underscoring how the struggles for racial, environmental, and economic justice are deeply intertwined, this year's Food Sovereignty Prize,...

 

VOICES: Waving the wrong flag   |   October 12, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South MARSHALL, N.C. – Benny Wint grew up as one of the few whites in a black neighborhood of a small South Carolina town. Today, if customers come into...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Alabama DMV closings the latest threat to voting rights in the Black Belt   |   October 9, 2015
Number of part-time driver's license offices Alabama plans to close, with most of them in the state's so-called "Black Belt" where African Americans outnumber...

 

How the South could 'un-choose' mass incarceration   |   October 9, 2015
Mass incarceration, an issue that has long plagued the U.S., has been in the news recently, with President Obama and Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike...

 

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...

 

#BlackWorkersMatter: Confronting race and building a better movement for economic justice   |   September 18, 2015
In 2010, on the heels of the Great Recession — the nation's biggest economic calamity since the Great Depression — one out of 10 people looking for work couldn...

 

New developments in possible lynching case out of North Carolina   |   September 1, 2015
It's been a year since the lifeless body of 17-year old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in the small town of Bladenboro, North Carolina. While state...

 

More than a flag: South Carolina dockers push racial justice forward   |   August 31, 2015
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes After nine African American churchgoers were shot to death in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, longshoreman Leonard Riley Jr. was buoyed by the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The inequity of New Orleans' Katrina recovery at 10   |   August 28, 2015
Number of people Hurricane Katrina initially displaced from New Orleans, where federal levee failures caused mass flooding: at least 400,000 Percent of white New Orleanians...