January 24, 2023 -
The poverty rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of our nondisabled counterparts, and the disparity is being driven by state policy choices that force us into institutions unnecessarily and allow employers to pay us subminimum wages. Some Southern states have already embraced reforms, and others should act now.
January 12, 2023 -
After another contentious U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia, state officials are reckoning with a cumbersome and expensive system that's rooted in Jim Crow, and that burdens voters and taxpayers.
November 18, 2022 -
The kind of large-scale disruptions that many election observers feared didn't materialize during this year's general election in Southern states, but systemic barriers continue to impair voters' ability to cast a ballot.
April 7, 2022 -
Republican lawmakers in Florida and Georgia passed legislation this year to establish “election police" to fight voter fraud, despite no evidence any widespread fraud has occurred. Voting rights advocates say the measures serve only to intimidate communities of color and further damage Americans' confidence in elections.
December 1, 2021 -
Voting rights activists are growing impatient as Senate Republicans' use of the filibuster continues to obstruct popular pro-democracy legislation. They warn that the window for meaningful legislative action is closing as international observers sound the alarm about rising U.S. authoritarianism.
May 27, 2021 -
Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed into law a bill that would bar Georgia's many licensing boards from denying credentials to people on probation or parole for many crimes. That's an important step toward fair chance licensing, says DJ Sims, a reentry organizer in Georgia — but additional reforms are needed to ensure that people who've served their time are able to make a living.
April 21, 2021 -
Amid an unprecedented onslaught of legislation to restrict voting nationwide, legislatures across the South have also taken up measures that would make voting easier — and some of them have already passed into law.