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From the Archives: The Southern Tenant Farmers' Union

October 1, 2021 - In 1974, Southern Exposure, the print forerunner to Facing South, published an issue of oral histories that included recollections of people who'd been involved with the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union. Many of them refer to the Elaine Massacre, a mass murder of rural Black Arkansans by white mobs in response to sharecropper organizing attempts that took place 102 years ago this week. We're reprinting those oral histories in memory of the massacre.

From the Archives: The Elaine Massacre

October 1, 2021 - This week marks the 102nd anniversary of the Elaine Massacre in Arkansas, when a union organizing attempt by Black sharecroppers was met with deadly violence by mobs of white people. From the archives of Southern Exposure, the print forerunner to Facing South, we're republishing an account of the tragedy drawn in part from oral histories of the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union that appeared in the same issue.

Al menos 9,000 trabajadores de Arkansas contrajeron COVID-19 mientras la pandemia agobio reguladores y empresas

May 12, 2021 - El gigante avícola Tyson Foods Inc., el tercer empleador más grande de Arkansas, reportó 2.866 casos de COVID-19 en sus lugares de trabajo, esta figura es casi un tercio de los 9.065 trabajadores enfermos del estado en todas las industrias desde el 19 de mayo de 2020 hasta el 8 de abril de 2021, según un análisis de Arkansascovid.com.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Corporations' political money disconnect on transgender rights

April 9, 2021 - A growing number of companies are publicly condemning discrimination against transgender people and taking steps to support trans employees. But some of the same businesses are also funding Southern politicians promoting policies harmful to the transgender community. One standout is AT&T, the telecom giant headquartered in Dallas — also the top corporate contributor to state lawmakers seeking to restrict voting rights.