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INSTITUTE INDEX: How drilling tax breaks worsened Louisiana's budget crisis   |   April 29, 2016
Rank of oil-producing U.S. states among those under the greatest fiscal pressure because of plummeting oil prices, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's: 1...

 

After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states   |   April 22, 2016
More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for...

 

Offshore drilling fight shifts from the Atlantic to the Gulf   |   March 25, 2016
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside the Superdome in New Orleans this week to disrupt a federal auction for Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners...

 

Florida activists show how to fight anti-immigrant legislation and win   |   March 17, 2016
Sharp divides have emerged recently between Southern state legislatures and cities over so-called "sanctuary" policies, which limit local police involvement in federal...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Expanding access to good jobs after jail   |   February 26, 2016
Number of U.S. adults who have a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record: 70 million Number of people released from state and federal prisons each year: 630,000...

 

VOICES: Public defender meltdown in Louisiana   |   February 25, 2016
By Bill Quigley Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country, no longer provides public defenders to all its people accused of crimes; within months over...

 

The Future of Young Latino Voters in the South   |   February 12, 2016
In a new report called "The Future of Young Latino Voters in the South," the Institute for Southern Studies finds that Southern states are on track to see signficant...

 

Losing its land to the Gulf, Louisiana tribe will resettle with disaster resilience competition award money   |   February 9, 2016
With its South Louisiana homeland sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has announced plans to resettle the...

 

Environmentalists will encircle Louisiana's Superdome to demand an end to new Gulf oil and gas drilling   |   January 27, 2016
This March, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a sale inside the Superdome in New Orleans where it will auction off leases to more than 42 million acres of U....

 

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

7 big wins for Southern progress in 2015   |   December 18, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, we look back and celebrate progress made toward building a better South. The past year was a momentous one on many fronts, with a historic victory on gay...

 

Four reasons for labor to cheer in the South   |   December 10, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Labor activists and other progressive folks in the South have four new reasons to cheer: a United Auto Workers victory in Chattanooga, the...

 

Gulf South communities on climate change front lines represented at Paris talks   |   December 4, 2015
More than 150 world leaders gathered this week near the French capital to negotiate a legally binding agreement to curb pollution associated with climate change, with the goal of...

 

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...

 

Where are the South's women candidates?   |   November 5, 2015
On Tuesday, voters across the South went to the polls to vote for their candidates of choice among a pool of people representing various issues, platforms and ideologies. But when...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bringing the South's voter registration systems into the 21st century   |   September 25, 2015
Century in which many states' voter registration systems remained mired: 19th As a consequence of inefficiencies in systems reliant on paper forms and postal mail, portion of...

 

Fighting stubborn poverty numbers   |   September 18, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation has launched a "Southern Voices"...

 

The Katrina oil spill disaster: A harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?   |   August 28, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast 10 years ago, it set off a disaster of many parts — and one of those parts was an oil spill catastrophe. In fact, Katrina...

 

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...

 

Organizing for a true reconstruction in the Gulf Coast: An interview with labor leader Saket Soni   |   August 26, 2015
Saket Soni is a national labor leader and an organizer of day laborers, immigrant workers, guest workers and others in New Orleans, the South and the country. He is the executive...

 

Reflections on New Orleans' uneven recovery   |   August 24, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

VOICES: Confederate/American — two flags, two outcomes   |   July 22, 2015
By Elaine Parker Adams July 4, 1965 was just another day for me. I had spent the weekend in New Orleans, my hometown, and was headed back to Baton Rouge to prepare for the next...

 

New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at 10: Who was left behind   |   July 20, 2015
By Bill Quigley When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like...

 

The new nullifiers: Southern politicians vow to fight the Supreme Court on marriage equality   |   July 3, 2015
Nullification is the controversial legal theory that a state has the right to reject a federal law that the state has determined to be unconstitutional. After the Supreme Court...

 

Healing our wounds: Restorative justice is needed for Albert Woodfox, the Black Panther Party and the nation   |   June 29, 2015
By Angola 3 News On Monday, June 8, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge James Brady ruled that the Angola 3's Albert Woodfox be both immediately released and barred from a...