Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will the Supreme Court break the heart of the Voting Rights Act?   |   February 8, 2013
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case brought by Shelby County, Ala. challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requiring Justice Department pre-approval of...

 

Does UAW rally at Mississippi college signal revival of labor in the South?   |   January 31, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The gathering at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday night seemed more like an old-time revival meeting than a labor rally, but maybe that'...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

Congressman introduces bill to prod administration on fair housing enforcement   |   January 18, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica As the nation prepares to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Monday, Congressman Al Green, a Texas Democrat, has...

 

From the Southern Exposure Archives: With the People   |   January 18, 2013
Interview with James Orange by Bob Hall This year marks the 40th anniversary of Southern Exposure, the print magazine published by the Institute for Southern Studies, the...

 

The reality of the U.S. violence epidemic beyond Sandy Hook   |   December 17, 2012
Friday's massacre of 20 first-grade students and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. by a disturbed young man who also killed his mother has...

 

The other crucial civil rights case the Supreme Court will be ruling on   |   December 11, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear two cases challenging state and federal laws which prevent the legal union between same-sex couples...

 

Should Congress name a Southern post office after a segregationist, vote-suppressing senator?   |   December 5, 2012
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill to name the historic Century Post Office in Raleigh, N.C. after one of the capital city's political legends, U.S. Sen....

 

Indian Santa: Garnering support for the United Houma Nation through an award-winning documentary   |   November 26, 2012
By Adam Crepelle, Bridge the Gulf "Indian Santa" is a short documentary about, as the name suggests, Indian Santa. The tradition was started in 1985 when Hurricane Juan...

 

The unequal burden of coal plant pollution   |   November 21, 2012
Nearly six million U.S. residents live within three miles of a coal-burning power plant -- but those heavily polluting facilities are not distributed equally throughout the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will the Supreme Court gut the Voting Rights Act?   |   November 15, 2012
Number of days after the 2012 election that the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear Shelby County, Ala.'s challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that aims to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Jim Crow goes to the polls   |   November 9, 2012
Number of states where Republican lawmakers passed new voting restrictions in the run-up to this year's election that critics said would suppress the youth, African-American...

 

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...