Rebekah Barber

Researcher/Writer

Rebekah is a researcher and writer at Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies focusing on racial justice, democracy and Southern history. As a student activist she organized around issues including voting rights, the Fight for $15 and Medicaid expansion. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from N.C. Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Articles by Rebekah

Public charge rule is Trump's latest attack on immigrants

August 16, 2019 - In less than a month's time, the U.S. immigrant community has been devastated by a mass shooting in Texas carried out by a white supremacist inspired by Trump's rhetoric and an ICE raid that ripped apart families in Mississippi. Now, a new rule from the Trump administration declares poor immigrants as unworthy of green cards — but it's facing legal challenges.  

Efforts to overturn wrongful criminal convictions are growing

July 19, 2019 - The Emmy-nominated docudrama "When They See Us" sparked a national conversation about wrongful convictions and how they disproportionately steal the freedom of Black and Brown people. However, most exonerations don't come about by chance meetings but by the hard work of nongovernmental innocence organizations and a growing number of conviction integrity units in prosecutors' offices.