Categories & Tags: mississippi

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high public cost of low-wage manufacturing jobs   |   May 19, 2016
Though U.S. manufacturing jobs once paid significantly more than the national average, percent less than the median wage the average manufacturing production worker made by 2013:...

 

The legislative backlash against LGBT equality across the South   |   May 13, 2016
In announcing this week that the U.S. Department of Justice would sue North Carolina over its controversial new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that...

 

VOICES: Legalizing hatred in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that aims to legalize hatred, once again assuring that his legacy will be one built on hate and discrimination against others. The innocuous-...

 

Moral Monday leader launches 15-state tour calling for more love in politics   |   March 31, 2016
In an election year that has seen violence at presidential rallies and targeting of vulnerable minority groups by state officials running for re-election, faith and civil rights...

 

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...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The post-recession shift to low-wage jobs leaves Southern workers struggling   |   February 4, 2016
Total number of jobs created in Southern states* since their unemployment rates peaked during the Great Recession that began in late 2007: nearly 4.3 million Average annual wage...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Ari Berman: The long assault on voting rights and fear of a changing South   |   November 30, 2015
In 2016, the U.S. will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 — and thousands of voters in...

 

Supreme Court to hear 'most important abortion rights case in 25 years'   |   November 17, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams Setting the stage for what a leading women's health advocate said will be "the most important abortion rights case in almost 25 years,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Mississippi's Howard Industries pays bottom-feeder wages but enjoys plaudits & subsidies   |   September 14, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Politicians and local editorial writers love Howard Industries of Laurel, Miss. The editors at the Laurel Leader-Call shower their...

 

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...

 

Rural challenges, real solutions   |   August 7, 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...

 

Civil rights martyr's family sends letter of encouragement to NC voting rights marchers   |   July 14, 2015
Following the opening day of the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voting law, as many as 6,000 voting rights supporters marched through the streets of Winston-...

 

As black churches burn, federal officials seek to calm worried congregations   |   July 3, 2015
Since an avowed white supremacist massacred nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina during Bible study two weeks ago, fires...

 

Overcoming fear: Lessons from the South   |   June 25, 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...

 

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

VOICES: Under Republican 'grass-eater rule' in Mississippi   |   May 18, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Three-time Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, a betting man who loved the horses, knew his maneuverings to get a fourth term in 1960 were a...