July 8, 2016 -
Since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, states have made a slew of changes to election laws. A new report documents how these changes could impede Latino voters' access to the polls in a critical presidential election year.
May 13, 2016 -
Announcing the U.S. Justice Department would sue North Carolina over its anti-transgender "bathroom bill," Attorney General Loretta Lynch noted there's historically been backlash to equality gains. What's been happening in Southern legislatures since the Supreme Court struck down marriage discrimination last year bears that out.
April 22, 2016 -
A new analysis of state voting laws by the Brennan Center for Justice found that bills to expand access to the ballot box have outpaced those restricting voting for the fourth year in a row.
February 19, 2016 -
A new Institute report finds that young Latino voters will be a key factor in the coming years in strengthening the voice of the Latino community in the South.
Elections and Voting
Investigations & Reports
February 5, 2016 -
Organized labor has made surprising gains in a region where unions face some of their toughest obstacles, new federal data shows. But defending workers' advances in the South's hostile political climate will require a long-term organizing commitment.
December 18, 2015 -
The past year saw big steps taken toward building a better, stronger and more just South, from wage gains for workers to aid for refugees to grassroots organizing for a more environmentally sustainable future.
November 25, 2015 -
Outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) signed an executive order this week to automatically restore voting rights to certain felons. The state is among several in the South with harsh felony disenfranchisement laws that disproportionately deprive African-American citizens of access to the ballot.
November 20, 2015 -
While politicians' hostile response to Syrian refugees has dominated the national debate since last week's tragedy, local leaders across the South are calling for compassion, fighting Islamophobia and taking action to welcome families fleeing war.