stand your ground law
October 1, 2014 -
"Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence" from CounterPunch Books examines race, violence and resistance through contributions from prominent writers and thinkers including Cornel West, Patricia Williams, bell hooks, and Facing South's own Chris Kromm. Its release comes as protests continue over the shooting of yet another unarmed African-American teen, this time by police in Missouri.
December 13, 2013 -
Corporate interest advocacy groups including the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council made repealing North Carolina's renewable energy law a top priority last year. Their effort failed, but now ALEC is trying a different approach by taking aim at the solar boom.
December 6, 2013 -
The American Legislative Exchange Council lost members and money after the 2011 shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his assailant under the state's Stand Your Ground law, which the corporate interest advocacy group helped craft and promote nationwide.
September 16, 2013 -
A new report documents an overall rise in homicides in states that have passed versions of the controversial self-defense law. The increase in "justifiable" homicides has been especially dramatic in some Southern states, and African Americans have borne the brunt of the increase in deadly violence.
August 16, 2013 -
Members of the youth civil rights collective left the grounds of the Florida state capitol and are marching to Gov. Rick Scott's home to deliver an eviction notice.
August 6, 2013 -
The U.S. Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act was a serious blow to racial justice, but Americans are rallying to protect civil rights from attack and keeping the spirit of the landmark law alive.
July 15, 2013 -
Civil rights and gun safety leaders are calling for the repeal of what some decry as racially biased "shoot-first" laws, which are especially popular in the South. Some are putting renewed pressure on the corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the business advocacy group that promoted such laws in the states.