Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

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...

 

VOICES: Julian Bond, an American revolutionary   |   August 21, 2015
By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II   One of Julian Bond’s heroes, Frederick Douglass, died at 77 in his Washington, D.C. home, cared for by a loving wife and...

 

VOICES: Julian Bond's vision for a better South   |   August 21, 2015
It feels today as though a piece of history has slipped past us. One of the great icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Julian Bond, died on Aug. 15 at the age of 75. Among the many...

 

Same as it ever was: Why desegregation still matters in the South   |   August 20, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC It's no secret: the quality of a child's education is one of the most important factors in her future success. It's also no secret that...

 

Julian Bond: The meaning of the movement   |   August 20, 2015
Civil rights veteran Julian Bond, who died on Aug. 15, 2015, was one of the founders of the Institute for Southern Studies, and the Institute maintained a close relationship with...

 

Interview with Julian Bond: 'We need to organize!'   |   August 17, 2015
This past weekend legendary civil rights organizer Julian Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida at the age of 75. A native of Tennessee, Bond began his work as an activist with...

 

Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was born in North Carolina   |   August 12, 2015
Nine months before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., he gave nearly the same address at...

 

VOICES: The future of North Carolina's past   |   August 7, 2015
(Editor's note: After the June massacre of nine African Americans in a Charleston, S.C. church by a racist who embraced the flag of the Confederacy and other white-supremacist...

 

Journey for Justice: Marching 860 miles for civil rights   |   August 7, 2015
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act, the NAACP has launched an 860-mile march to demand that the promise of the law be fulfilled....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Texas-sized reminder of why the Voting Rights Act still matters   |   August 5, 2015
Date on which a federal appeals court panel unanimously struck down Texas' photo ID requirement for voters, ruling that it has a "discriminatory effect" and thus...

 

Georgia is segregating troublesome kids in schools used during Jim Crow   |   August 5, 2015
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Voter suppression on trial   |   July 24, 2015
Date that the North Carolina House passed an initial 16-page version of H.B. 589, a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls: 4/24/2013 Date that the U.S. Supreme...

 

VOICES: Confederate/American — two flags, two outcomes   |   July 22, 2015
By Elaine Parker Adams July 4, 1965 was just another day for me. I had spent the weekend in New Orleans, my hometown, and was headed back to Baton Rouge to prepare for the next...

 

Stamp would honor George Henry White, NC congressman deposed by racist voting laws   |   July 17, 2015
The same day a federal trial began over North Carolina's restrictive and racially discriminatory new voting law, one of the state's congressmen introduced a bill to honor...