poverty

What went wrong with the South?

By MDC
November 3, 2015 - News stories that ask what went wrong with the South too often fail to capture the context of its intergenerational poverty: centuries of enslavement and systemic discrimination that resulted in the immense racial disparities we see today. And it's not just a Southern problem — it's an American one.

Faith's social mandate

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.

Fighting stubborn poverty numbers

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.

Shortchanging rural America

July 23, 2015 - Child poverty rates are higher in rural areas, especially in the South, where the manufacturing decline has wiped out jobs and tax revenue. Yet these communities tend to receive less philanthropic support. Advocates across the region speak out about the problem in the latest installment of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation's Southern Voices oral history project.