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Chip Hughes


Chip Hughes started his career as a writer, researcher and organizer with the Institute for Southern Studies (ISS), then based in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1972. Through his work at ISS, he became an editor and writer for Southern Exposure and over the subsequent decades focused his work on Southern labor and environmental issues, including mineworkers, farmworkers, textile workers and environmental cleanup workers. In 1990, Hughes began a 30-year career as program administrator with the federal government, directing the Worker Training Program in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and designing training programs for vulnerable workers in high risk occupations. 

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From the Archives: Remembering Rev. Charles Sherrod and New Communities

November 15, 2022 - Rev. Charles Sherrod, a leader of the Albany Movement in Georgia, passed away earlier this year. A 1974 article in Southern Exposure remembered Sherrod's New Communities project, an experiment in land-based justice. We republish that article with an introduction from Chip Hughes, who lived on New Communities Farm in the 1970s, remembering Sherrod's life and work.