August 30, 2018 -
CoreCivic's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, has become infamous for its poor living conditions. A group of elected officials from Durham, North Carolina — all women of color — recently traveled to the rural facility to learn more about what their constituents face if arrested by ICE, and to consider how to prevent that from happening.
February 16, 2018 -
People who have not been convicted of any crime languish in jails simply because they can't afford to post bail. To address the injustice, several Southern cities have reformed their bail policies — and organizers in one North Carolina community are trying to make their city next.
January 29, 2018 -
With controversy still raging over memorials to the Confederacy, some state legislatures are taking steps to protect them — while some cities are finding creative ways to skirt those laws.
September 8, 2017 -
Following President Trump's decision to phase out the Obama-era DACA program that spared from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, there's a renewed urgency to pass the federal Dream Act, which would offer them a path to citizenship — and Southern lawmakers may provide the key votes needed.
August 16, 2017 -
Following far-right violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked by efforts to remove a statue of Confederate General Lee, there have been renewed efforts to take down monuments to the Confederacy. In Durham, North Carolina, activists toppled one at the county courthouse, while construction workers took down another in Gainesville, Florida. But hundreds remain — and some states have laws that aim to keep them standing.
September 22, 2016 -
At the same time Hillary Clinton is making political history with her presidential run, women — and especially women of color — remain dramatically underrepresented among North Carolina's county commissioners. In fact, 42 of the state's 100 counties have no women commissioners at all, a Facing South analysis finds.
March 24, 2016 -
Supporters of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a 19-year-old teen from Honduras who was detained by immigration officials in Durham, North Carolina, won a temporary stay of deportation after a month-long fight involving his family, friends, teachers and local congressman.