Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

The sweet taste of voting rights in North Carolina   |   May 18, 2016
May 17 is a historic day. In 1954, it was the day when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education case, declaring segregation in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The backlash against expanded voting rights in Virginia   |   May 6, 2016
Date on which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order to restore voting rights to people who've completed their felony prison, probation and parole sentences:...

 

Slander suit against citizens battling Alabama coal ash dump shows downsides of landfill disposal   |   April 15, 2016
Officers of a grassroots citizens group whose members have been embroiled in a civil rights complaint involving the Alabama landfill that took in coal ash waste from a 2008 spill...

 

VOICES: Legalizing hatred in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that aims to legalize hatred, once again assuring that his legacy will be one built on hate and discrimination against others. The innocuous-...

 

Nuclear nonproliferation deals and environmental injustice in the South   |   April 8, 2016
As the Nuclear Security Summit took place in Washington last week, U.S. and Japanese officials announced they had completed the removal of highly radioactive material —...

 

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...

 

Civil rights battle over N.C. hog industry regulation heats up as negotiations break down   |   March 9, 2016
Negotiations between community advocates and North Carolina's environmental agency over charges that lax oversight of hog farms disproportionately harms African-American,...

 

The major presidential candidates on voting rights   |   February 25, 2016
Next week, the seven remaining Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will face off in their respective party primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. Of all days...

 

Honoring voting rights heroes, blocking voting rights restoration   |   February 25, 2016
Republican congressional leaders joined with their Democratic colleagues this week in a rare show of bipartisan unity to present the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Can a diversifying electorate reshape Southern politics?   |   February 19, 2016
Rank of this year's U.S. electorate among the most diverse ever: 1 Percent of voters on Election Day who will be Hispanic, black, Asian or another racial or ethnic minority:...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: GOP racial gerrymandering throws NC's moved-up primary into chaos   |   February 12, 2016
Date on which a panel of federal judges threw out the congressional district maps North Carolina's Republican-led legislature approved in 2011, finding the 1st and 12th were...

 

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 —...