Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis   |   June 7, 2011
"De'Jaun, come over here, I want to talk to you." De'Jaun Correia, a slender 13-year-old with thick corn-rows in his hair, sat down next to his uncle Troy Davis in the...

 

VOICES: Race, immigrants and the 2012 presidential election   |   June 2, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Would-be president Newt Gingrich calls Barack Obama our "most successful food stamp president," Santana gets booed at the "Civil Rights" baseball game...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Southern roots of Memorial Day   |   May 30, 2011
Year in which former slaves in Charleston, S.C. held a funeral procession to honor Union soldiers who died in a local Confederate prison camp: 1865 Number of people who took part...

 

VOICES: The white-power legislature in Texas   |   May 23, 2011
By Bob Moser, The Texas Observer Back in February, at a rally protesting anti-immigrant legislation, state Rep. Lon Burnam raised some eyebrows by letting loose with the "R" word...

 

Lessons from the Freedom Rides   |   May 19, 2011
By Paul McLennan, Labor Notes This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, a heroic effort led by students and youth to end racial segregation in the South. In 1961...

 

State GOP leaders escalate push to restrict voting access   |   May 19, 2011
Eyes firmly planted on the 2012 elections, Republican state leaders across the South and country continue to push a host of bills aimed at restricting voting access and shaping...

 

Still separate and unequal, generations after Brown v. Board   |   May 17, 2011
By Julianne Hing, Colorlines Today marks the 57th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared racial segregation in U.S. public...

 

The new war on voting rights   |   May 5, 2011
Last November, the big themes of the 2010 elections were jobs and the economy. But in states across the South and country, many of the most pitched legislative battles have...

 

VOICES: The railroading of Troy Davis   |   May 5, 2011
By Angola 3 News Laura Moye is director of the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign. In this interview, Moye talks about 42-year-old Troy Davis, an African...

 

VOICES: Environmental justice communities bear brunt of BP's oil spill waste disposal   |   April 26, 2011
By Robert D. Bullard, OpEdNews It has been one year since the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster created an environmental nightmare on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The oil...

 

Judge hands out tough sentences in post-Katrina killing by police   |   April 5, 2011
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A federal judge last week sentenced two former New Orleans police officers for killing Henry Glover and incinerating his body during the aftermath of...

 

VOICES: Finding King's economic promised land   |   April 4, 2011
Martin Luther King's final public remarks, delivered 43 years ago yesterday, are often called his darkest, because he appears to foreshadow his assassination the following day....

 

VOICES: Georgia, meet your future   |   March 31, 2011
What happens when the country's largest Legislative Black Caucus comes face to face with nine thousand immigrants -- many of them declaring themselves as undocumented --...

 

Feds find 'systemic violations of civil rights' by New Orleans police department   |   March 23, 2011
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The U.S. Department of Justice released a 158-page report last week on the New Orleans Police Department, identifying a host of deep systemic...

 

Life and death on Big Oil's fence line   |   March 4, 2011
The environmental destruction caused by Louisiana's oil industry did not begin with the BP disaster, and a visit to the town of Norco 25 miles west of New Orleans powerfully...

 

Report raises concerns about redistricting abuses in Louisiana   |   February 18, 2011
By Naomi Martin, The Lens Louisiana politicians could use their control over the upcoming congressional redistricting process to keep themselves -- and their parties -- in power...

 

'Respect my Vote': Backlash grows against voter ID push   |   February 17, 2011
When Republicans launched campaigns in 20 states this year for laws requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, they likely saw it as a chance to score a quick political...

 

The gayest of times, the worst of times   |   January 17, 2011
By Bob Moser, Texas Observer Bobby Beltran was already having a blue Christmas. Because of his job, the 26-year-old was missing his tight-knit family's celebration back...

 

State of King's Dream: Black America's economic nightmare   |   January 17, 2011
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it's important to take stock: Where does our country stand in realizing King's dream of a more just South and...

 

'It is love that will save our world'   |   January 17, 2011
With the American people still struggling to make sense of the recent shootings in Arizona and the role that violent political rhetoric may have played, we revisit the words of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The assault on constitutional citizenship   |   January 13, 2011
The constitutional amendment that guarantees citizenship and equal protection under the law to all persons born in the United States and under its jurisdiction: 14th Year in which...

 

Do violent words cause violence? Lessons from the civil rights era   |   January 11, 2011
The tragic Arizona shootings that left six dead and others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) critically wounded, have sparked debate over an important question: What's the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Segregation forever?   |   December 16, 2010
Over the past five years, percent of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas where racial segregation increased: 25 Percent of those same metro areas where segregation increased for...

 

N.C. school board engineered by conservative benefactor draws civil rights scrutiny   |   December 16, 2010
Federal civil rights investigators visited North Carolina last week to meet with Wake County Public School System leaders about allegations of racism made after the school board...

 

In wake of Glover verdicts, what's next for New Orleans' troubled police force?   |   December 14, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica One of the most striking moments in the federal civil rights prosecutions arising from the death of Henry Glover came when Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, a...