Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

CENSUS DAY: What's at stake   |   April 1, 2010
Today is Census Day. Yes, it's also April Fool's Day (whose bright idea was that?), but the 2010 Census count is serious business. Why? For one, the economy. Communities...

 

VOICES: Health care reform - a step forward but long road ahead   |   April 1, 2010
By Maya Rockeymoore, New America Media Now that the health care reform bill has been signed into law, President Obama and the Democratic Congress have a significant legislative...

 

Feds investigating Baton Rouge police for post-Katrina actions   |   March 30, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Baton Rouge Police Department's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to the...

 

Black farmers forgotten again   |   March 29, 2010
The Obama administration reached a historic $1.25 billion settlement last month in a long-standing lawsuit over decades of racial discrimination against African-American farmers...

 

VOICES: Did Sunday's immigration march do any good?   |   March 23, 2010
By Marisa Trevino, LatinaLista The pictures prove it. Over 200,000 (unsubstantiated estimates go as high as 500,000) immigration reform marchers, dressed in white t-shirts and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Civil rights in the classroom   |   March 12, 2010
Date on which U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. calling for stepped up civil rights enforcement in schools: 3/8/...

 

How progressives can win back the South: Jobs   |   March 9, 2010
For most people in America, the #1 issue right now is the recession -- and as Bob Herbert argues in a New York Times op-ed today, Obama's failure to grasp the depth of this...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Re-segregating the South's schools   |   March 5, 2010
  Year in which Wake County, N.C. instituted an anti-segregation diversity policy that assigned students by economics rather than race: 2000 Year in which Wake County voters...

 

CENSUS WATCH: Masking identities or counting the indigenous among us?   |   March 4, 2010
By Robert Dr. Cintli Rodriguez, New America Media It was when I first stood atop the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico in 1976 that I was finally able to grasp something...

 

Republic of Tea: What do the Texas primaries say about the Tea Party cause?   |   March 4, 2010
It's been about a year since the Tea Party phenomenon erupted on the political scene, primed by right-wing pundit anger and becoming a household word after they pulled off Tax Day...

 

Bus drivers hold daylong strike at University of Alabama   |   March 3, 2010
By Jake DaSilva, Labor Notes Bus drivers at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa struck Monday after nine months of bargaining left their employer -- a contractor -- still...

 

Will Congress finally fund justice for black farmers?   |   February 24, 2010
The Obama administration reached a historic settlement last week in a lawsuit claiming decades of racial discrimination against African-American farmers by the U.S. Department of...

 

Southern whites and Obama, part II: What about North Carolina?   |   February 23, 2010
As I wrote last week, Barack Obama is a popular president -- just not in the South, a region where his extremely low approval ratings, especially among Southern whites, pull down...

 

Friday Poll Watch: Did Southern whites ever give Obama a chance?   |   February 19, 2010
NOTE: I'm back from a family funeral in South Carolina. Thanks to my colleague Sue Sturgis for holding down the fort in my absence. It's time for another Friday Poll Watch -- here...

 

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...