September 8, 2016 -
While Virginia's Democratic governor battles Republican lawmakers over restoring voting rights for ex-felons who've completed their sentences, almost 200,000 of the state's residents — almost half of them African-American — remain disenfranchised, mostly for nonviolent crimes.
July 15, 2016 -
Last week's shooting deaths of five police officers at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas have led to calls for new state and federal hate-crime legislation stiffening penalties for attacks on police officers. But critics of such laws contend they could deter efforts to protect against identity-based crimes and stifle calls for police accountability.
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 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.