Race and Civil Rights

The extraordinary movement to save Troy Davis   |   September 19, 2011
By Kung Li Today, Monday September 19, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles meets to decide whether Troy Davis will live or die. [Editor's note: On Tuesday, September 20...

 

North Carolina faces fight over anti-gay marriage amendment   |   September 14, 2011
North Carolina is the only state in the South where the constitution does not currently ban same-sex marriage, but that could change next year. The N.C. General Assembly voted...

 

NC lawmakers pushing same-sex marriage ban enlist help of gay-hating preacher   |   September 12, 2011
The N.C. General Assembly will convene today for a special session on whether to put before voters a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which is already...

 

VOICES: Stetson Kennedy and the pursuit of truth   |   August 30, 2011
By Paul Ortiz Stetson Kennedy passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27. He was 94 years old. Stetson died peacefully in the presence of his beloved wife, Sandra Parks, at Baptist Medical...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: New Orleans six years after Katrina   |   August 29, 2011
Today marks six years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast, leading to the catastrophic failure of the federal levee system in and around New Orleans. While...

 

Hurricane Irene: Why failing to evacuate inmates violates human rights standards   |   August 27, 2011
As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the Atlantic seaboard, officials in New York are coming under growing fire for failing to authorize an evacuation of Rikers Island, the city's...

 

Gov. Rick Perry flunks civil rights lesson in South Carolina campaign stop   |   August 23, 2011
Each presidential election, Republicans declare that this could be the year they might win over African-American voters, or at least enough to tip the balance in key battleground...

 

Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty   |   August 23, 2011
By Bill Quigley and Davida Finger Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people...

 

VOICES: Where are the personal apologies for the Freedom Riders?   |   August 19, 2011
By Kung Li The 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides generated a burst -- however brief -- of remembrance. There was Oprah Winfrey's gala show on May 4, commemorating the day...

 

Americans for Prosperity wants to revise history of role in N.C. school re-segregation fight   |   August 17, 2011
The Brave New Foundation video released earlier this week about the Koch brothers' role in the fight over school re-segregation in Wake County, N.C. has struck a sour note...

 

How America's safety net has become a dragnet   |   August 16, 2011
By Barbara Ehrenreich, New America Media The most shocking thing I learned from my research on the fate of the working poor in the recession was the extent to which poverty has...

 

Video spotlights Koch brothers' role in N.C. school segregation fight   |   August 15, 2011
The role that the conservative billionaire Koch brothers' money has played in an ongoing fight over the re-segregation of public schools in one North Carolina community is the...

 

South Carolina immigration law starts new era of racial profiling   |   August 3, 2011
New America Media Editor's Note: The battle over immigration is now being waged at the state level. Since Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 went into effect one year ago, five...

 

Battles over voter photo ID laws come to a head   |   August 3, 2011
Facing South readers know the story . After campaigning on jobs and the economy, Republicans in state legislatures in the South and nationally focused on pushing laws that would...

 

Republican redistricting strategy limits public input   |   July 21, 2011
Texas took its newly drawn political maps to federal court this week, asking a panel of judges to review the proposed congressional, legislative and state Board of Education...

 

Is Georgia the new Arizona?   |   July 5, 2011
Since last year, Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 -- the state's restrictive immigration law -- has been a key lightning rod for the nation's immigration debate. Arizona is still...

 

Mississippi civil rights activist honored for work on behalf of immigrants   |   July 5, 2011
By Jonah Most, New America Media It was reading Malcolm X that convinced Chokwe Lumumba to go to law school. Malcolm X had wanted to be a lawyer, but his teachers discouraged him...

 

VOICES: E-verify, another name for profiling   |   June 28, 2011
By Shelly Ruzicka and Jacob Lesniewski, Labor Notes The need for comprehensive immigration reform has become even more pressing as immigrants face a hodgepodge of state and local...

 

Alabama immigration law: Policy or politics?   |   June 24, 2011
By Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice Despite soaring deficits, cuts in social services, worker layoffs and tornado-devastated communities, Alabama's first Republican-controlled...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Justice for the South's forced-sterilization victims?   |   June 23, 2011
Year in which Sir Francis Galton founded the now-discredited science of eugenics to improve the human population through selective reproduction: 1883 Number of U.S. states that...

 

Decades after King's assassination, Memphis reignites labor struggle   |   June 20, 2011
By Cole Weintraub, Labor Notes Forty-three years after the sanitation strike that Martin Luther King was assassinated while supporting, placards declaring "I AM A MAN" reappeared...

 

50 years later, youth and elders keep the spirit of the Freedom Rides alive   |   June 20, 2011
By Rosana Cruz, Bridge the Gulf In the dim light of a projector, rapt faces took in the solemn image of a bus in flames. On screen, a multiracial group of youth crawled in the...

 

Southern states seek end run around Justice Department over redistricting   |   June 9, 2011
If you're a Republican legislator eager to redraw your state's political lines to your party's favor in time for the 2012 elections, but fear opposition from a state...

 

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis   |   June 7, 2011
"De'Jaun, come over here, I want to talk to you." De'Jaun Correia, a slender 13-year-old with thick corn-rows in his hair, sat down next to his uncle Troy Davis in the...

 

VOICES: Race, immigrants and the 2012 presidential election   |   June 2, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Would-be president Newt Gingrich calls Barack Obama our "most successful food stamp president," Santana gets booed at the "Civil Rights" baseball game...