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Union membership creeps upward in the South   |   February 5, 2016
Over the last year, the share of U.S. workers belonging to unions held steady at 11.1 percent, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the new...

 

Fables of the Reconstruction: Why Clinton's comments about Southern history matter   |   January 28, 2016
At a CNN town hall for the Democratic presidential hopefuls this week, Hillary Clinton was asked a seemingly softball question: Who is your favorite president of all time? Clinton...

 

Nikki Haley's troubled economic record in South Carolina   |   January 12, 2016
The Republican Party's decision to tap South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to offer the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address this week is a sure sign that...

 

After Rosa sat: The genius and success of the 13-month Montgomery Bus Boycott   |   December 4, 2015
This week the nation remembered the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' momentous decision to refuse to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, a moment that propelled the...

 

Edwards rides populist message to Louisiana governor's mansion   |   November 23, 2015
There was no single factor that led to Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards' Nov. 21 victory in Louisiana's governors race — called by The New York Times "one...

 

Voting Rights: How to prevent long lines at the polls   |   November 20, 2015
Long lines and wait times at the polls are a voting rights issue. During recent presidential election years, horror stories have emerged across the South and the country about...

 

ISS Event: Ari Berman's 'Give Us the Ballot' in Durham   |   November 19, 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a key victory of the Southern civil rights movement that has transformed the region. And as...

 

2015 ELECTIONS: Republicans strengthen hand in Southern races   |   November 4, 2015
The Republican surge in state-level races in the South continues. Last year, GOP lawmakers enjoyed a net gain of 65 seats in Southern state legislatures, with the Kentucky House...

 

Tefere Gebre: How labor can win the South   |   October 30, 2015
Tefere Gebre is an evangelist for labor organizing in the South. When he was 14, Gebre fled war-torn Ethiopia, walking for weeks to a Sudanese refugee camp before arriving in Los...

 

Reframing campaign finance as a civil rights issue   |   October 22, 2015
To help build the movement addressing the problem of big money in politics, reformers need to reframe the issue in a way that engages voters by emphasizing issues that affect...

 

ISS Event: Money in politics as a civil rights issue   |   October 5, 2015
Big money interests increasingly dominate our election process and threaten the basic promise of American democracy: political equality for all. Like the poll tax of the past,...

 

5 ways the U.S. can boost voter registration   |   September 22, 2015
Today is National Voter Registration Day, and many civic groups — and celebrities like singer Janelle Monáe — are encouraging citizens to make sure they are...

 

#BlackWorkersMatter: Confronting race and building a better movement for economic justice   |   September 18, 2015
In 2010, on the heels of the Great Recession — the nation's biggest economic calamity since the Great Depression — one out of 10 people looking for work couldn...

 

Remembering Katrina as a human rights disaster   |   August 27, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina crashed into Louisiana in August 2005, it uprooted more than a million people, inflicted billions of dollars in economic damages and devastated entire...

 

Julian Bond: The meaning of the movement   |   August 20, 2015
Civil rights veteran Julian Bond, who died on Aug. 15, 2015, was one of the founders of the Institute for Southern Studies, and the Institute maintained a close relationship with...

 

Interview with Julian Bond: 'We need to organize!'   |   August 17, 2015
This past weekend legendary civil rights organizer Julian Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida at the age of 75. A native of Tennessee, Bond began his work as an activist with...

 

After anti-Confederate flurry, lasting change for Old South symbols?   |   July 3, 2015
Last week, Southerners and South-watchers looked on in amazement as the Confederate flag and other symbols of the region's embattled past were denounced and, in places like...

 

FLASHBACK: The Charleston Five and the black struggle for justice   |   July 2, 2015
The June 2015 Charleston church massacre has brought attention to the rich history of social activism at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal and in the city's broader African-...

 

Charleston massacre draws attention to white supremacist backing of politicians   |   June 24, 2015
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings...

 

DENYING A DREAM: Charlotte voters snared in N.C. crackdown on alleged non-citizens   |   May 15, 2015
Jerome Roberts and his daughter Diana battled nearly unbelievable odds to become U.S. citizens. And one of the first things they wanted to do after becoming naturalized was to...

 

'Religious freedom' and the decline of Southern white evangelicals   |   April 10, 2015
Last month, Indiana sparked a national debate over so-called "religious freedom" bills, a controversy that soon flared up in other states across the South and country. A...

 

Why NC's 'religious freedom' bill is worse than Indiana's   |   March 30, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) ignited a national firestorm last week after signing into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics argue provides a "license to...

 

Dixie Justice: The roots and legacy of the South's incarceration boom   |   March 27, 2015
It's not news that the United States is the incarceration capital of the world: The 2.4 million people behind bars in the U.S. today is, as Matt Ford at The Atlantic noted,...

 

50 years since LBJ's historic voting rights speech   |   March 19, 2015
Two weeks ago, tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March. This week, on March 15, marks 50 years...

 

Selma, behind the scenes   |   March 9, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- TV cameras and celebrities descended on Selma over the past week for the 50th anniversary of the famous series of civil rights marches here. Most of the attention...