Race and Civil Rights

VOICES: GOP steps up bogus war on voter fraud   |   June 5, 2012
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media A defiant Florida GOP governor Rick Scott essentially told the Justice Department where it could go when it demanded that Florida stop...

 

New Orleans women's health advocacy organization regroups after arson attack   |   June 4, 2012
A New Orleans nonprofit that works to address the HIV/AIDS crisis among women of color is regrouping after its offices were destroyed by arson last month, opening a temporary...

 

Is Florida's voter purge breaking the law?   |   May 31, 2012
In recent weeks, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has faced staunch criticism over plans to purge 182,000 people from the state's voter rolls on the grounds that they're supposedly...

 

Civil rights and a green economy: A discussion with Teresa Bettis of the Center for Fair Housing   |   May 29, 2012
Teresa Fox Bettis is executive director of the Center for Fair Housing in Mobile, Alabama. She recently spoke with Bridge the Gulf and the Institute for Southern Studies for the...

 

Voting Rights Act survives court test, but how long will it last?   |   May 25, 2012
Last week, in a case closely watched around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was...

 

Exonerations highlight criminal injustice in the South   |   May 23, 2012
A new database that tracks exonerations of people who were falsely convicted of crimes underscores longstanding problems with the South's criminal justice system. The...

 

NC voter suppression, past and present (video)   |   May 23, 2012
Following the 2008 election that saw record turnout of minorities and youth, North Carolina and other states witnessed an onslaught of Republican-sponsored laws aimed at...

 

VOICES: A new Emancipation Day for Florida's farmworkers?   |   May 18, 2012
On May 20, 1865 United States General Edward M. McCook gave the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state of Florida. It was a moment that African Americans had...

 

Latino, black political clout grows in Florida and North Carolina   |   May 17, 2012
The face of the Southern electorate is changing, and perhaps nowhere is the shift clearer than Florida and North Carolina. In the two critical battleground states, the share of...

 

How Louisiana became the prison capitol of the world   |   May 14, 2012
The share of Louisiana's population that is locked up in jails or prisons is triple that of Iran and seven times that of China. In last two decades, Lousiana's...

 

VOICES: Reflections on the passage of NC's cynical Amendment One   |   May 9, 2012
By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP For 103 years the NAACP has fought for equal rights for all people. We have always...

 

Honoring more boots on the ground: All of Us NC organizes against Amendment One   |   May 7, 2012
By Pam Spaulding, Pam's House Blend I think it's important to remember that there are many, many grassroots organizations and group efforts working hard here on the...

 

Fighting the good fight for immigrant workers in Mississippi ... and winning   |   April 26, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Four years ago, noted labor writer David Bacon had this to say about the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and its fight for immigrant workers in...

 

Marco Rubio's DREAM Act: The new 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'?   |   April 9, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday dismissed speculation that he could be the vice presidential nominee, but he is preparing to...

 

On Passover week, a secret message to The Other   |   April 6, 2012
This week, writers Scott Huler and June Spence discovered an anti-Semitic message scrawled inside a closet under construction in the home they share with their two sons in Raleigh...

 

A trend toward anti-immigrant, anti-choice laws   |   April 5, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media 2011 saw a record number of laws restricting abortion in U.S. states. It also saw a record number of state anti-immigrant laws. Coincidence?...

 

VOICES: Could Supreme Court weaken civil rights via health-law decision on Medicaid?   |   March 28, 2012
By Sergio Eduardo Muñoz, New America Media The primary issue before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and one attracting most media discussion, is the debate over whether...

 

The New Vigilantes: Trayvon Martin and the 'shoot first' lobby   |   March 21, 2012
In 2007, 61-year old Joe Horn looked out the window of his Pasadena, Texas home and saw a pair of black men in his neighbors' yard, apparently involved in a burglary. Horn...

 

Why the racist history of the charter school movement is never discussed   |   March 16, 2012
By Christopher Bonastia, AlterNet As a parent I find it easy to understand the appeal of charter schools, especially for parents and students who feel that traditional public...

 

47 years later in Alabama, another march for justice   |   March 14, 2012
By Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice News In March 1965, thousands of civil rights supporters, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from Selma, Ala., to the Capitol in...

 

VOICES: The justice equation: Faith, hope and action   |   February 24, 2012
By Sophia Bracy Harris, Equal Voice Newspaper In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I attended two events that caused me to reflect on what it takes to defend the principles of...

 

Jesse Helms' nephew continues family's anti-civil rights legacy in North Carolina   |   February 21, 2012
The board of commissioners in Wake County, N.C. voted yesterday to endorse a constitutional ban on gay marriage in an effort led by Chairman Paul Coble, the nephew of former U.S....

 

VOICES: Strip mining Black History Month   |   February 1, 2012
By Jeff Biggers, New America Media As schools, communities and politicians across the country celebrate Black History Month in February, they will be remiss if their lessons don...

 

Actual winner unclear in Supreme Court's ruling on Texas redistricting   |   January 23, 2012
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica The Supreme Court ruled Friday that federal judges in Texas overstepped their bounds in drawing a minority-friendly set of interim maps for the state...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Feds block South Carolina's attack on voting rights   |   January 20, 2012
Date on which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a South Carolina rally protesting the state's law requiring residents to show a driver's license, passport or...