mississippi

Was the police state that was Mississippi a model for the nation?   |   April 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- They wanted to know about your phone calls, your conversations, your meetings with others, your political leanings, your opinions, your...

 

Judge throws out murder charge in Mississippi fetal harm case   |   April 4, 2014
By Nina Martin, ProPublica A Mississippi judge has thrown out murder charges against a young woman in the 2006 death of her stillborn child, a significant setback for prosecutors...

 

Snowden and the South's history of spying   |   March 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Yours truly was on a panel titled "What We Learn from the Snowden/NSA Files" held at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics...

 

Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map   |   March 5, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law....

 

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba   |   February 28, 2014
He was known as "America's most revolutionary mayor." Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013...

 

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...

 

Showdowns loom at Southern auto plants   |   February 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. "Labor...

 

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...

 

The U.S. Gulag: Incarceration and the 'immorality' of private prisons   |   December 17, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Mariachi guitarist Johnny Mora's bout with drugs was years in his past, but the legacy of jail time it led to is as...

 

Remembering the late Mississippi populist Gov. Bill Allain preaching social justice to 3,000 Pentecostals   |   December 9, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   More than 3,000 Pentecostals had gathered under their giant tabernacle in Raymond, Miss., that July night back in 1985. It was what one...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's unintended pregnancy problem drains public funds   |   November 20, 2013
Portion of U.S. births resulting from unintended pregnancies that were paid for by public insurance programs* in 2008: 2/3 Portion of U.S. births resulting from intended...

 

Through song, Mississippi Delta teens speak out on the Affordable Care Act   |   November 7, 2013
The national debate over the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare," rages on, but whose voices are being heard? Not those of black teenagers in the Mississippi Delta...

 

A 'crimmigration' conference, Walmart on the dole in Mississippi, and Kellogg locks out Memphis workers   |   November 6, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It's time for another Labor South roundup, and this one tells of the upcoming "Crimmigration" conference sponsored by the Mississippi...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Public concern grows over money-drenched courts   |   November 1, 2013
Independent spending on state supreme court races by special interest groups in the 2011-2012 election cycle, a record high: $15.4 million Percent by which that amount exceeded...

 

Southern right-wingers wage war against labor   |   October 21, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   The Southern Right-Wing's assault on labor remains under the radar of most mainstream media even as it becomes increasingly war-like...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The worsening poverty crisis in the South's public schools   |   October 17, 2013
Number of states in which the majority of public school children were low income in 2011, meaning they were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches: 17 Of those 17 states,...

 

Nissan is violating international labor standards at Mississippi plant, report says   |   October 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Nissan, a company with headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, a Brazilian-born CEO who divides his time between Japan and France, and plants...

 

Lawsuits pile up over Texas voter ID law   |   September 19, 2013
This week the NAACP Texas State Conference and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of Texas state lawmakers filed a legal challenge to the state's photo voter ID law....

 

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...

 

Old-fashioned American hypocrisy: The NAACP partners with Nissan, and Walmart pushes 'Made in America'   |   August 27, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The central theme of this short Labor South round-up could be hypocrisy. What would Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers say? At the recent 50th...

 

Students find their cause in the UAW for Nissan's Mississippi workers   |   August 9, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South CANTON, Miss. -- Hayat Mohamed has a cause. "We are different from other generations," says the 19-year-old English major at nearby Tougaloo...