Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

Black voter suppression in North Carolina: statewide numbers vs. local reality   |   July 7, 2014
Hearings began today in an action by civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting law from being enforced in the November election while its...

 

Hundreds rally for a union election at Mississippi Nissan plant during Freedom Summer gathering   |   July 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   CANTON, Miss. -- The June 27 pro-union rally by an estimated 400 students, activists, ministers and workers in front of the mile-long...

 

A Fourth of July anthology for the 'constructive patriot'   |   July 3, 2014
The great writer Mark Twain once defined a patriot as "the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about." He was describing a phenomenon...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Looking back on the 'law that created modern America'   |   July 2, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson, facing growing national unrest over racial segregation, signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has been called "the law...

 

SNCC veterans and young activists testify to workers' rights as civil rights at Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference   |   June 30, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Larry Rubin, field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the height of the Civil Rights...

 

'It was the most important thing I ever did'   |   June 27, 2014
In a stuffy gym at Tougaloo College in northern Jackson, Mississippi, they lined up behind two microphones, hundreds of people waiting to tell a small piece of their life story....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Mississippi freedom struggle at 50   |   June 27, 2014
Number of people who gathered this week at Mississippi's Tougaloo College for a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a watershed moment in the U.S. civil...

 

Should the deadline be extended for NC eugenics victims?   |   June 27, 2014
By Jonathan Michels, Triad City Beat The June 30 deadline for victims of North Carolina's eugenics program to apply for compensation is quickly approaching. As of June 1, only...

 

Sit-ins planned for final Moral Monday of NC legislative session   |   June 20, 2014
Next week's Moral Monday protest will be the last one during the North Carolina legislature's 2014 short session, and organizers have big plans for the June 23 gathering...

 

Black voters and the future of Southern politics   |   June 20, 2014
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the massive organizing project that brought more than 1,000 volunteers to Mississippi and drew national attention to the...

 

Nationwide 'epidemic' of pedestrian deaths a failure of social justice: report   |   May 21, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams An "epidemic" of pedestrian fatalities and injuries is sweeping the United States, hitting people of color, children, and older adults the...

 

As Moral Mondays resume, leaders seek to block NC voter suppression law for upcoming election   |   May 20, 2014
The Moral Monday protests that led to the arrests of more than 900 people last year for engaging in civil disobedience have returned to the North Carolina legislature, with...

 

South still least segregated for black students, but progress stuck in 1967   |   May 16, 2014
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing school segregation. To mark the occasion, a civil rights...

 

Wisconsin voter ID ruling a 'blueprint' for similar challenges in NC, TX   |   May 5, 2014
In a major victory for voting rights, a federal judge struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law last week, ruling that requiring voters to show a state-issued photo ID...

 

A year in, Moral Monday movement plans new protests, more organizing   |   April 29, 2014
Today marks one year since 17 North Carolinians were arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience at the General Assembly while protesting Republican plans to restrict voting rights...

 

Three things Obama's new clemency initiative doesn't do   |   April 28, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica Last week, the Department of Justice outlined expanded criteria that could allow prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes to win early release from...

 

Remembering Southern Black freedom fighter Mabel Williams   |   April 25, 2014
Mabel Williams, who with her husband Robert F. Williams called for armed self-defense against racist violence in Jim Crow North Carolina and lived in exile in Cuba and China for a...

 

Study details link between race, air pollution exposure   |   April 17, 2014
That the color of your skin can be an important factor in determining the quality of the environment where you live is not exactly breaking news, but a new study offers eye-...

 

Was the police state that was Mississippi a model for the nation?   |   April 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- They wanted to know about your phone calls, your conversations, your meetings with others, your political leanings, your opinions, your...

 

Federal court orders NC lawmakers to release records related to 'monster' election law   |   March 28, 2014
Civil rights groups suing North Carolina over its voter suppression law scored a victory in federal court this week with a ruling that state lawmakers must release some e-mails...

 

Are environmentalists pushing a risky alternative for coal ash disposal?   |   March 26, 2014
The recent failure of a pipe under a coal ash impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina sent millions of gallons of pollution into the Dan River and sparked...

 

Move to slash early voting defeated in Georgia   |   March 21, 2014
It's been a major conflict in the voting wars: Across the South and country, Republican-led states have moved to shrink the early voting period before Election Day. But this...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Why coal ash is an environmental justice issue   |   March 7, 2014
Number of Americans who live within three miles of a coal-fired power plant, which typically stores toxic coal ash waste in unlined pits that aren't currently subject to...

 

North Carolina citizens demand action on coal ash   |   March 6, 2014
Most North Carolina voters know about Duke Energy's spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River -- and they want state lawmakers to take swift action to force the utility giant...

 

Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map   |   March 5, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law....