Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

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....

 

Why does the South execute more people?   |   September 22, 2011
In the wake of the high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful effort to save Georgia's Troy Davis from execution, media outlets are buzzing that the Davis case has sparked a new...

 

Redistricting battles highlight political barriers faced by Latinos   |   September 20, 2011
This week, the Department of Justice rejected the new Texas political maps drawn up by Republican state lawmakers, largely on the grounds that they failed to ensure representation...

 

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...