Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

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...

 

Dr. King's march to Occupy D.C. for economic justice   |   January 16, 2012
On December 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. announced that he was launching the "second phase" in the civil rights struggle: A Poor People's Campaign that would...

 

Voter ID cases could test Voting Rights Act   |   January 12, 2012
Since 1965, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has been a key tool used by civil rights and election reform advocates to protect the franchise in the South. By requiring states...

 

Will the Supreme Court strike down part of the Voting Rights Act?   |   January 10, 2012
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica Yesterday afternoon, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a Texas redistricting case that could have major implications for minority voters -- as well...

 

Immigration: Rhetoric vs. reality   |   January 10, 2012
Just as immigration is growing as a hot political topic in the South and country, the number of immigrants is in steep decline. A new study from Princeton's Mexican Migration...

 

Alabama faces civil rights complaint over landfill taking waste from TVA coal ash disaster   |   January 5, 2012
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management faces a civil rights complaint for permitting a landfill to take coal ash spilled three years ago in the Tennessee Valley...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #3: The fight to save Troy Davis   |   December 27, 2011
NOTE: Facing South will be posting lightly over the winter holidays. As we close out the year, we look at Facing South's big stories in 2011. Our earlier entries in the series...

 

Feds provide welcome guidance on use of race and poverty in school assignment   |   December 15, 2011
By Matt Ellinwood, NC Policy Watch As the recent battles over school re-segregation in various North Carolina school districts make clear, the use of race and poverty in school...

 

DOJ steps up voting rights scrutiny amidst activist groundswell   |   December 13, 2011
The war over voting, already roiling in state legislatures and Washington, is about to escalate. This week, the Obama administration is stepping up opposition to new voting laws...

 

Give me some of that old time secession   |   December 8, 2011
On March 2-3, the Civitas Institute -- a conservative think tank largely funded by Art Pope's foundation - is hosting Battleground North Carolina, a conference designed to...

 

VOICES: It doesn't matter to GOP that race matters   |   November 29, 2011
By Chris Fitzsimon, N.C. Policy Watch The most remarkable thing in the Senate debate and vote to repeal the Racial Justice Act (RJA) Monday was that no one seriously responded to...

 

Louisiana's Houma Indians fight for federal recognition   |   November 29, 2011
By Adam Crepelle, Bridge the Gulf I am a citizen of the United Houma Nation (UHN), Louisiana’s largest Indian tribe with over 17,000 citizens. Louisiana's wetlands are...

 

Civil rights déjà vu for Birmingham in immigrant rights struggle   |   November 10, 2011
By Khalil Abdullah, New America Media At a tender age, Victor Palafox would revel in the brief daily reunions with his father, but he recalls growing angry with himself for...

 

In recovery from Southern tornadoes, fault lines of inequity show   |   November 4, 2011
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf Two days after a tornado tore through Eupora, Mississippi, Cherraye Oats set out with her daughter Courtney to get tarps for their neighbors'...

 

US education chief watching NC school board desegregation fight (video)   |   October 26, 2011
Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Wake County, N.C. yesterday promoting President Obama's jobs plan. He visited Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, where he...

 

Alabama workers meet harsh immigration law with wildcats   |   October 21, 2011
By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Labor Notes An all-out attack on immigrant workers, their families, and communities continues in the South and West. In Alabama, immigrant workers...

 

Fred Shuttlesworth: God saved him to fight   |   October 14, 2011
By Charles W. McKinney Fred Shuttlesworth, one of the central architects of the Civil Rights Movement (and by extension, of American freedom) passed away last week at the age...

 

NC voters reject Pope-backed candidates in local school board battle over resegregation   |   October 12, 2011
Voters in Wake County, N.C. headed to the polls yesterday in high numbers to reject a slate of conservative Republican Board of Education candidates who opposed a longstanding...

 

Black Belt Power: African-Americans come back South, change political landscape   |   September 28, 2011
Much of the media buzz about the 2010 Census has focused on the role of Latinos and new immigrants in changing the face of the country. It makes sense: According to the U.S....