Alabama

Meet the NC officials who promoted a far-right conspiracy theory to discredit environmental sustainability   |   April 16, 2014
The state of North Carolina has no shortage of serious environmental problems to worry about, from coal ash contaminating rivers, to massive sewage spills, to rising seas caused...

 

Are environmentalists pushing a risky alternative for coal ash disposal?   |   March 26, 2014
The recent failure of a pipe under a coal ash impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina sent millions of gallons of pollution into the Dan River and sparked...

 

Pro-union Nissan worker in Mississippi: The UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga only 'made us stronger'   |   March 3, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Chip Wells, 43, an 11-year veteran at the 5,200-employee Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., says the recent bad news coming out of the Volkswagen plant in...

 

VW workers not first Southern auto workers to face choice on union   |   February 12, 2014
By Lane Windham, special to Facing South All eyes are on Chattanooga, Tenn. as 1,500 Volkswagen workers file into voting booths this week to determine whether they will be...

 

States shift from voter suppression to voter expansion   |   February 10, 2014
Before the 2012 election, there were numerous efforts in the states to restrict voting. But now the pendulum appears to be swinging in the other direction, giving voting-rights...

 

Alabama oil train disaster met with official neglect   |   January 21, 2014
Shortly after midnight on Nov. 8, 2013, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale formation derailed and caught fire in western Alabama, spilling nearly 750,...

 

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014   |   December 23, 2013
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A call for racial justice in energy policy   |   December 20, 2013
Date on which the NAACP released a report looking at state energy policy from a racial justice angle: 12/17/2013 Of the three states* the report found to have the best energy...

 

Congressman's cocaine bust illuminates race and gender sentencing disparities   |   November 22, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines This week, freshman Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5...

 

Tea party group seeks to hide donors under Jim Crow-era exemption   |   October 22, 2013
A national tea party group is asking the Federal Election Commission for an unusual exemption to donor disclosure requirements, arguing that releasing the identity of its...

 

Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws   |   September 16, 2013
Many of the 22 states that have enacted "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws -- like the one at the center of the controversy over last year's shooting death of...

 

AFL-CIO resolves to organize the South   |   September 12, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Delegates at the 2013 convention of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles this week adopted a a resolution proposed by the Savannah (Ga.) Regional Central Council...

 

Under siege by tar sands, Gulf Coast 'draws the line'   |   September 4, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf The first time I saw a picture pertaining to tar sands extraction was on Marty Cobenais' computer. We were both attending an event in...

 

Three years after BP, Gulf fishermen struggle to survive   |   August 19, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf "Hey, boss … I don't know if they're here. It don't look real promising," Bob called out to David Arnesen with a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's widening war on abortion rights   |   August 2, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that requires the state's abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers,...

 

Southern leaders opt to exclude 2.7M from health care   |   August 1, 2013
By Keith Griffith, Special to Equal Voice News In the Appalachian foothills of Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta, the riverfront city of Rome serves as a regional hub for...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

Mobile, Ala. residents call on city to pass tar sands-free resolution   |   July 23, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf Area residents are calling on the city of Mobile, Ala. to pass a resolution to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of local...

 

Water pollution a problem for Southern beaches   |   July 5, 2013
With Americans flocking to beaches for summer vacation, an environmental advocacy group has released its annual report on water quality -- and finds problems with bacteria levels...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

What happens if the Supreme Court cuts out the heart of the Voting Rights Act?   |   June 12, 2013
Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling in an Alabama case challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Shelby County v. Holder...

 

What Gulf lawmakers should learn from Sen. Frank Lautenberg   |   June 6, 2013
By Monique Harden, Bridge the Gulf Last Thursday in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana was asked by Ms. Dorothy Felix, a resident of Mossville, why he...

 

No relief in sight for Alabama community sickened by chemical spill   |   May 30, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf It's a pungent, nauseating smell, so strong you can literally taste it. For nearly two years, it has blanketed the Eight Mile neighborhood of...

 

BP head defends dispersant use as Gulf Coast communities speak out at shareholder meeting   |   April 18, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf Last week, three delegates from the Gulf Coast attended BP's Annual General Meeting in London and spoke about ongoing impacts of company's...

 

Coal, poor water management endanger Southern rivers   |   April 17, 2013
A national water protection advocacy group has released its annual list of the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers, and it includes four in the South at risk from coal and poor water...