Categories & Tags: poverty

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...

 

Analysis reveals urban-rural divide in poverty in Southern schools   |   May 15, 2015
The South has some of the highest rates of low-income students in public schools. Since the 2004-2005 school year, the majority of the region's public school students have...

 

We need solid ground, not an escape route   |   May 6, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC It's your lucky day! There's new data available about inter-generational income mobility, this time at the county level. Sadly, the data show fewer...

 

Earth Day: What are we fighting for?   |   April 22, 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...

 

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with 'cynical' anti-solar campaign   |   April 7, 2015
A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American...

 

Where you live matters: Concentrated wealth affects mobility   |   March 4, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC Where you start in life affects where you get -- educationally and economically -- in a big way. In sprawling metros of the South, residential segregation...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States are taxing the way to greater inequality   |   January 23, 2015
Adding together all state and local taxes that Americans pay, the nationwide average effective percentage rate for the poorest fifth of non-elderly individuals: 10.9 For the...

 

Could Duke Energy's coal ash be headed to a mine near you?   |   January 14, 2015
A Duke Energy contractor is seeking permission from North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from existing dumpsites at the utility giant's power plants...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting Duke Energy's coal ash dumping plans   |   January 9, 2015
Date on which the commissioners of Lee County, North Carolina passed a resolution opposing Duke Energy's plans to dump toxic coal ash from distant power plants at a former...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting for $15, and winning   |   December 5, 2014
Number of cities where fast food and other low-wage workers went on strike this week to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage and the right to form a union: 190 Year in which the...

 

As climate talks open, human rights issues take the spotlight   |   December 4, 2014
By Marianne Lavelle, The Daily Climate For all the flack the U.N. climate talks have taken over the past 20 years, one major achievement will be on display as the next round of...

 

Stop feeding the hand that bites us   |   September 12, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes When Volkswagen finally agreed to build its new SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee politicians crowed over the promise of 2,000 new jobs. Union-...

 

Art Pope vs. cooperative economics: Who will save Raleigh's food desert?   |   September 5, 2014
Art Pope, a prominent donor to conservative causes and close ally to the influential Koch brothers, steps down as North Carolina's budget director this week, a move that frees...

 

For youth, the South is hostile territory   |   August 11, 2014
Tuesday, Aug. 12 marks International Youth Day, created by the United Nations in 2000 to draw attention to issues affecting young people around the world. To mark the occasion,...

 

NC GOP mayor marches to DC to urge Medicaid expansion, prevention of 'medical deserts'   |   July 14, 2014
The Republican mayor of the small town of Belhaven, NC began a 273-mile walk to Washington, DC today to draw attention to the health care crisis threatening his rural coastal...

 

NC leads nation in surge of people living in high-poverty areas   |   July 8, 2014
After declining between 1990 and 2000, the portion of the U.S. population living in high-poverty communities grew significantly in the past decade -- and most dramatically in...

 

What does states' refusal to expand Medicaid mean for Southerners?   |   July 3, 2014
This week the White House Council of Economic Advisers released "Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid," a report examining...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Striking for fast-food justice   |   May 15, 2014
Date on which fast-food workers across the United States and around the world are taking part in a one-day strike for higher pay and the right to unionize: 5/15/2014 Number of...

 

A year in, Moral Monday movement plans new protests, more organizing   |   April 29, 2014
Today marks one year since 17 North Carolinians were arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience at the General Assembly while protesting Republican plans to restrict voting rights...

 

Study details link between race, air pollution exposure   |   April 17, 2014
That the color of your skin can be an important factor in determining the quality of the environment where you live is not exactly breaking news, but a new study offers eye-...

 

Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?   |   April 10, 2014
By Maureen O'Hagan, Equal Voice News NEW ORLEANS ­-- When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Does raising the minimum wage really kill jobs?   |   February 21, 2014
Level to which the Fair Minimum Wage Act that's been proposed in Congress would raise the hourly minimum wage: $10.10 Percent by which the current minimum wage of $7.25 an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The War on Poverty at 50   |   January 8, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty in the United States: 1/8/1964 Percent of Americans who were living in poverty at that time: 19 Percent living...

 

In North Carolina, commemorating an innovative strategy in the war on poverty   |   November 15, 2013
Community leaders and residents gathered in Durham, N.C. this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Fund, a groundbreaking nonprofit created by Gov. Terry...

 

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...