southerners on new ground
December 17, 2020 -
With Georgians now casting early ballots in two runoff races that will determine partisan control of the U.S. Senate, organizers are going all out to mobilize voters — and that includes in-depth, heart-to-heart conversations about what's at stake for them.
July 16, 2020 -
In 1988, Southern Exposure, the print forerunner of Facing South, published a speech by Segrest, a North Carolina anti-racist organizer and lesbian activist, for an issue on lesbians and gays in the South. Segrest went on to write several books, including "Memoir of a Race Traitor," and to teach college in Connecticut. Back in North Carolina again, Segrest recently talked with Facing South about the urgency of broad-based organizing in this historic moment.
February 16, 2018 -
People who have not been convicted of any crime languish in jails simply because they can't afford to post bail. To address the injustice, several Southern cities have reformed their bail policies — and organizers in one North Carolina community are trying to make their city next.
August 11, 2017 -
Back in May, the queer liberation group SONG freed scores of Black women from jail during its Black Mamas Bail Out Campaign. It chose this month to continue the initiative because of August's historical significance in the fight against mass incarceration and for Black liberation.
May 5, 2017 -
Southerners on New Ground is standing up against a money bail system that hurts the poor by organizing an effort to pay the bail for Black women who are being held in jail solely because they could not afford to pay bail themselves.
November 18, 2016 -
Next month the Southern Human Rights Organizers' Conference will return to Mississippi where it began 20 years ago. This year's event at Tougaloo College in Jackson will include discussions on Islamophobia and resisting the Trump program.
June 11, 2015 -
The high-profile coming out of Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, as a trans woman has put transgender issues in the spotlight. Transgender people -- especially trans women of color -- face shockingly high levels of violence, and a disproportionate number of recent killings of transgender people took place in the South. But a new initiative is working for change.