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Miami leads the South in resisting a controversial immigrant detention program   |   January 26, 2016
As debate rages over local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement, new data reveals that Miami-Dade County in Florida leads the South in refusing to cooperate with...

 

Immigrant advocates take action following deportation raids in the South   |   January 7, 2016
The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear.  News of the Department of Homeland Security...

 

How a Supreme Court case could disempower communities of color in the South   |   December 9, 2015
This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in a Texas redistricting case that has the potential to the change the balance of political representation in congressional and...

 

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,...

 

Efforts to build trust between immigrants, police under political attack in the South   |   October 29, 2015
Anti-immigrant sentiment has flared nationally as presidential campaigns have put immigration issues front and center. The latest focus of this backlash has been against policies...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: U.S. Senate politics and the deepening judicial crisis   |   October 21, 2015
Since the U.S. Senate came under Republican control earlier this year, number of federal judges it has confirmed as it carries out a strategy of delaying judicial appointments for...

 

How the South could 'un-choose' mass incarceration   |   October 9, 2015
Mass incarceration, an issue that has long plagued the U.S., has been in the news recently, with President Obama and Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike...

 

Race, local politics and a teenage clockmaker's arrest in Texas   |   September 25, 2015
Last week, Irving, Texas high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed brought a clock he had made to school to show his engineering teacher. School administrators raised concerns that it...

 

South's presidential mega-donors, many with oil ties, give exclusively to GOP candidates   |   September 21, 2015
This year has seen an onslaught of donations to super PACs, outside political organizations that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions but...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who's behind the latest assault on the Southeast's lone renewable energy standard?   |   September 11, 2015
Date on which the American Energy Alliance (AEA) sponsored a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina legislature to push for a freeze of the state's renewable energy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Texas-sized reminder of why the Voting Rights Act still matters   |   August 5, 2015
Date on which a federal appeals court panel unanimously struck down Texas' photo ID requirement for voters, ruling that it has a "discriminatory effect" and thus...

 

Busting the myth that Congress made Confederate vets into U.S. vets   |   July 24, 2015
Since nine African Americans were gunned down last month in a Charleston, South Carolina church by a white supremacist who posed for photos with a Confederate flag, inspiring...

 

Asia catching up to Latin America as top source of new Southern immigrants   |   July 24, 2015
In 2013, the U.S. experienced a big shift in immigration: For the first time in decades, China and India beat out Mexico as the top senders of immigrants to the U.S. That...

 

The South's democracy crisis   |   July 17, 2015
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision weakening the Voting Rights Act, states including North Carolina and Texas passed onerous laws...

 

After EPA ignored environmental racism for decades, communities fight back   |   July 16, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams The Environmental Protection Agency has been ignoring complaints about environmental racism across the United States for up to 20 years,...

 

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...

 

As nation mourns racist murders, flag of hate still flies over South Carolina   |   June 19, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams This isn't the story about a flag, but there's a flag in this story. On the same day the nation was reeling from the mass murder of nine...

 

Three years of DACA: Changing lives of young people in the South   |   June 19, 2015
As the country marks the third anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama's administrative relief program for undocumented immigrants,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Organizing against anti-transgender violence in the South   |   June 11, 2015
Portion of transgender people who are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives: 1 in 2 Percent of transgender youth who report being sexually assaulted in K-12...

 

High stakes for the South in Obamacare subsidy case   |   June 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of health insurance subsidies for low- and middle-income...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Relief for undocumented immigrants delayed again   |   May 29, 2015
Date on which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied the Obama administration's request to lift an injunction blocking the president's executive action...

 

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...

 

Pressure mounts to shut down immigrant family detention centers   |   May 22, 2015
In recent weeks immigrant rights advocates have increased pressure on the Obama administration to end its punitive policy of holding in prison-like conditions mothers and children...