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October 23, 2015 -
An initiative to help states affected by the coal industry's decline has announced its first round of grants valued at $14.5 million. The bulk of the money is going to Kentucky and West Virginia, which have been most severely affected, and will support programs that provide digital media training, boost agricultural production, promote tourism and more.
October 8, 2015 -
From Appalachia to the Deep South, organizations are building local and regional food systems to boost rural economies and improve community health.
September 25, 2015 -
This week marks the first visit to the U.S. by Pope Francis, who interprets the Bible as a handbook for social justice and calls the faithful to do likewise. In the latest installment of Southern Voices, we look at how religion has influenced Southern social justice leaders and their organizations.
September 18, 2015 -
This week the Census Bureau announced the U.S. poverty rate remained virtually unchanged from 2013 to 2014 despite improving employment numbers. Economic justice advocates across the South discuss what they're doing to address the problem of persistent economic inequality.
August 28, 2015 -
The Moore Community House, which serves low-income women and children on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, launched a program in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to train women in construction skills. The effort is also dispelling gender bias in fields traditionally dominated by men.
August 24, 2015 -
New Orleans' politicians have proclaimed the city to be better off than it was before Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago this month, but the data paint a markedly less triumphant picture.
August 7, 2015 -
The paucity of public and private investment in the rural South has caused outsized harm to African-American women and girls, but organizing efforts are underway to help them become leaders in building a more prosperous and just future for their communities.