Institute Index

INSTITUTE INDEX: Organizing against anti-transgender violence in the South

June 11, 2015 - The high-profile coming out of Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, as a trans woman has put transgender issues in the spotlight. Transgender people -- especially trans women of color -- face shockingly high levels of violence, and a disproportionate number of recent killings of transgender people took place in the South. But a new initiative is working for change.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Momentum builds in the Fight for $15

April 17, 2015 - While major corporations like Walmart and McDonald's have recently taken steps to boost some workers' pay, tens of thousands took to the streets this week calling for a real livable wage. In what organizers have said was the largest demonstration yet, fast-food workers, child care providers, adjunct university faculty and others rose up in the Fight for $15.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act

March 20, 2015 - Passed after the infamous "Bloody Sunday" attack on civil rights protesters in Alabama in 1965, the Voting Rights Act successfully blocked hundreds of potentially discriminatory election changes -- until the Supreme Court struck down a key provision in 2013. There's an effort underway in Congress to fix the hobbled law, but what are its chances of passing?