Race and Civil Rights

One woman's fight for the right to vote (video)   |   November 6, 2012
Tayna Fogle is a former University of Kentucky basketball team captain whose crack cocaine addiction led to a 10-year prison sentence. After serving her time, Fogle was shocked...

 

Mississippi students see labor and civil rights as their social justice movement   |   November 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South On the evening of March 18, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed striking sanitation workers in Memphis, and this is what he told them: "All...

 

Living apart: How the government betrayed a landmark civil rights law   |   October 29, 2012
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica A few months after Congress passed a landmark law directing the federal government to dismantle segregation in the nation's housing,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Watching the tea party poll watchers   |   October 26, 2012
Number of poll watchers that True the Vote, a Houston-based tea party organization, has said it plans to mobilize nationally for the upcoming election: 1 million Year in which...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina's racially-charged redistricting plans come under fire   |   October 12, 2012
Date on which plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging legislative and congressional redistricting in North Carolina filed a motion asking the court to rule that district maps created...

 

VOICES: New constitutional amendment needed to protect the right to vote?   |   October 11, 2012
By Khalil Abdullah, New America Media The struggle over state-sponsored legislation limiting or redefining how and when citizens can vote has generated contentious debate. Judith...

 

Community groups sue EPA over oil refinery pollution   |   October 2, 2012
A coalition of community organizations has filed a citizen lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency seeking stricter limits on air pollution from oil refineries....

 

James Meredith, still a loner, still on a mission, 50 years later   |   October 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – James Meredith's new book, A Mission from God, co-authored with William Doyle, sometimes reads like the opening confession in...

 

Political controversy roils NC school system at center of resegregation fight   |   September 27, 2012
The North Carolina public school system whose innovative and nationally lauded desegregation policy was targeted for elimination by conservative activists is embroiled in fresh...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Disenfranchising Latino voters   |   September 26, 2012
Number of states that have enacted voting restrictions, which a new report from the Advancement Project finds will have a disproportionate effect on Latino voters: 23 Estimated...

 

The South faces growing school segregation   |   September 25, 2012
Despite declining residential segregation for black families in the United States, school segregation for black students remains very high -- and it is increasing most...

 

Report: Extending insurance coverage could reduce longstanding racial disparities in health care   |   September 20, 2012
By NC Policy Watch The extension of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will likely help reduce longstanding differences in health and health care by race, a new...

 

VOICES: Union rights should be civil rights   |   September 13, 2012
By Rick Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, Labor Notes After 60 years of labor law heavily tilted toward employers, it's time to rebalance the scales by making labor organizing a...

 

Five ways courts say Texas discriminated against black and Latino voters   |   September 5, 2012
By Lois Beckett and Suevon Lee, ProPublica How does Texas discriminate against minority voters? Federal judges counted the ways. Last Tuesday, a panel of federal court judges...

 

Voting Rights Act key to rolling back new voting restrictions in the South   |   August 31, 2012
Over the last two weeks, voting rights advocates have scored a string of victories in Florida and Texas -- and may soon in South Carolina. The key to their success: a provision in...

 

UAW vs. Nissan in Mississippi: Operation Dixie revised?   |   August 13, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Michael Carter hardly evokes the Hollywood image of a podium-pounding, fire-breathing labor agitator. With his dark blue "New York" cap,...

 

Will Latino voters fully flex their voting power in 2012?   |   August 10, 2012
This election season, there are two dominant stories about the much-discussed "Latino vote." One, that President Obama enjoys a strong advantage among Hispanic voters....

 

Sikh temple shooter was an Army veteran, white-power musician with NC ties   |   August 6, 2012
The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday before being shot to death by police* has been identified as a U.S. Army veteran and the former leader of...

 

Chick-fil-A's history of workplace discrimination   |   August 2, 2012
In the debate raging over Chick-fil-A's position on gay rights, some defenders of the Georgia-based fast-food chain have claimed that despite Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy...

 

If voter ID law upheld, S.C. ill-prepared for fall election   |   July 31, 2012
By Corey Hutchins, Free Times South Carolinians are among those in a handful of states where thousands of potential voters might not be able to access the proper identification...

 

Everything you've ever wanted to know about voter ID laws   |   July 24, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what's gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws -- which 30 states...

 

Meet the man behind the Muslim conspiracy uproar   |   July 20, 2012
Five U.S. representatives have called for an investigation into whether Muslim extremists have infiltrated the U.S. government -- accusations based on the dubious work of a far-...

 

Locking Up the Vote: 4 million Southerners disenfranchised by voting restrictions   |   July 17, 2012
Over the last year, the spread of voter photo ID laws and other new voting restrictions have earned widsepread attention from election watchdogs and the media. But one important...

 

Advocates draw voting wars to a stalemate in key Southern states   |   July 5, 2012
The war over who gets to vote, and how -- an ever-brewing battle, escalated in recent years -- continues to rage across the South. But after a year of looking like a win for those...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Slavery and the American Revolution   |   July 4, 2012
Percent of America's 13 colonies that practiced slavery in 1775, the year the American War of Independence began: 100 Number of enslaved blacks who lived in the colonies at...