Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

Complaint cites health threats at Alabama dump taking TVA's spilled coal ash   |   February 17, 2010
An Alabama creekkeeper has filed a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency citing health threats including runoff containing alarmingly high arsenic levels at a...

 

INDEX: Green jobs for whom?   |   February 12, 2010
U.S. unemployment rate in January 2010: 9.7% Unemployment rate for Hispanics: 12.6% Unemployment rate for blacks: 16.5% Unemployment rate for black men: 17.6% Number of times...

 

Southern states most at risk from 2010 Census undercount   |   February 12, 2010
Ever since the Census Bureau's offbeat 30 second Super Bowl ad, there's been a lot more buzz about the upcoming 2010 Census count and the impact of an under-count in your state (...

 

Who dat in the New Orleans mayor's office?   |   February 8, 2010
With the Saints en route to a dazzling Super Bowl victory and Mardi Gras celebrations ramping up towards Fat Tuesday, in New Orleans it was almost an afterthought that they were...

 

VOICES: Job losses a social state of emergency   |   February 6, 2010
Ajamu Dillahunt is a long-time labor and community activist in the South, outreach director at the N.C. Justice Center and co-chair of the board of the Institute for Southern...

 

Tea Time: What next for the tea party "movement?"   |   February 5, 2010
This weekend, the tea party cause -- which exploded on the scene in opposition to the stimulus package and Wall Street bailouts last spring -- gets its closeup with its first...

 

ANALYSIS: Southerners a stronghold of far-right views in Republican Party   |   February 3, 2010
This week, DailyKos released the eye-opening results of a poll of 2,000 Republicans across the country, which found that astonishingly large numbers of GOP voters believe...

 

Alabama dump taking TVA's spilled coal ash declares bankruptcy   |   February 2, 2010
The landfill in Perry County, Ala. that has been taking coal ash spilled from the failed waste pond at Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston plant has declared bankruptcy -- a...

 

A monument to courage at the Greensboro five and dime   |   February 1, 2010
It was 50 years ago today that Ezell Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph Alfred McNeil and David Richmond -- four freshmen at Agricultural and Technical College, a historically...

 

"Against Discouragement": Remembering Howard Zinn   |   January 28, 2010
Howard Zinn, the noted American historian and professor emeritus in the political science department at Boston University, died yesterday in California. He was 87. The child of...

 

The Southern State of the Union   |   January 27, 2010
As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight, here's a snapshot of some of the challenges facing Southern states -- the very places Obama is...

 

Radioactive racism at Tennessee nuclear waste processing company   |   January 26, 2010
A radioactive waste processing company in Memphis, Tenn. recently agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit charging it with exposing African-American workers...

 

North Carolina big target for GOP strategy to capture legislatures, shape redistricting   |   January 26, 2010
Yesterday, Republican leaders -- energized by Democrats' sagging poll numbers and an upset in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts -- announced a major new campaign to capture...

 

Sacred Indian mound destroyed for sports complex in Alabama   |   January 21, 2010
A 1,500-year-old sacred Indian mound in Oxford, Ala. has apparently been destroyed to make way for a new municipal sports complex. The site in question is near another Indian...

 

Florida detention center readied for fleeing Haitians   |   January 21, 2010
Bracing for a possible surge of Haitian refugees fleeing their earthquake-ravaged country, U.S. officials are taking steps to prepare for their arrival -- but some of their...

 

VOICES: MLK's dream drained   |   January 19, 2010
By Brian Miller, New America Media Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a society worthy of the principle in its founding declaration that "all men are created equal." But he did...

 

MLK Day: Contending with King   |   January 18, 2010
NOTE: The following essay by Charles McKinney, professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis and former board member of the Institute for Southern Studies, appeared on the...

 

Southern injustice   |   January 6, 2010
By James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Mother Jones For the better part of four decades, Victory Wallace, 70, has made a monthly trip from New Orleans to the Louisiana State...

 

Will the New Orleans mayoral race turn into an all-white showdown?   |   January 5, 2010
This year will mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina -- a disaster that brought dramatic changes not only to the physical landscape of the Gulf Coast but also to the...

 

Top 10 Stories of 2009 #2: The hidden battles over health reform   |   December 23, 2009
We're getting closer! We continue our series of the Top Stories of 2009 here at Facing South. To see the earlier entries go here. And coming in at #2 ...#2 - I CAN HEZ HEALTH...

 

Black businesses shorted on stimulus contracts   |   December 21, 2009
Aaron Glantz, New America Media Since President Barack Obama signed his stimulus package into law in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation has handed out more than $150...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #6: Our nation's promise to the Gulf Coast   |   December 18, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #6: [...

 

Top 10 Facing South Stories of 2009 (including some you might have missed)   |   December 17, 2009
Thank you, dear readers, for another great year at Facing South! Just last November, after the heady days of the 2008 elections, FS made the jump from a rather homely little blog...

 

VOICES: Why ACORN won   |   December 12, 2009
By Bill Quigley, Center for Constitutional Rights On December 11, 2009, a federal judge ruled that Congress had unconstitutionally cut off all federal funds to ACORN. The judge...

 

VOICES: The jobless crisis of young blacks is now Obama's crisis   |   December 9, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media The bad news is that the more than one out of three young blacks out of work matches the figure for joblessness at the peak of the...