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The reality of the U.S. violence epidemic beyond Sandy Hook

December 17, 2012 - The shocking massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut last week has led to calls for policy changes to curb gun violence. But in order to confront the problem honestly, we need to remember that the most likely victim of the U.S. violence epidemic is an African American living in poverty in the South.

In Alabama poultry workers victory, a vote to stick together

June 28, 2012 - In the biggest union victory in right-to-work Alabama in a decade, 1,200 Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant workers in the small town of Russellville rejected management's efforts to divide them along racial and ethnic lines and voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Top 5 of 2011 - #3: The fight to save Troy Davis

December 27, 2011 - On September 21, 2011, Troy Davis was executed in Georgia by lethal injection, capping a 20-year legal battle. In our countdown of Facing South's top stories of 2011, we look at the case that galvanized a national movement and forced questions about race, the death penalty and criminal justice into the national debate.