Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

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...

 

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...