Defend democracy in the South.


'Sovereign citizens' leave a trail of anti-government violence across the South

Sue Sturgis

The Missouri man who killed three law enforcement officers and injured three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this week was an adherent of a violent, extremist, anti-government ideology rooted in white supremacy but that in recent years has spawned a black nationalist strain that's attracting African Americans.

As immigrants mark frustrating year for Obama's executive action, cities and states can take lead

Common Dreams

While much attention has been paid to the fight for immigration reform at the federal level, far less attention has been paid to efforts to create welcoming and inclusive communities for immigrants at the state and local level.

The Emanuel AME terrorist massacre and building power to make Black Lives Matter

Nat Chioke Williams
It's probably no coincidence that the Charleston church shootings came in the midst of a burgeoning movement for black freedom, as there's always violent backlash when black people rise up. The tragedy is a clear reminder that the struggle against institutional racism must continue with fierce urgency.

NC congressman presses for release of censored 9/11 report pages

Sue Sturgis
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has renewed his push for a resolution he introduced last year that seeks to declassify 28 pages of the official 9/11 report. Jones and other lawmakers who've read the redacted material say it doesn't pose a threat to national security but would embarrass the Bush administration, which initially classified them.

Chiquita's abandonment of Gulfport for New Orleans latest chapter for a company with a long, sordid history

Joe Atkins
This week North Carolina-based Chiquita Brands announced it was leaving its unionized operations in Gulfport, Mississippi for New Orleans, lured by millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded incentives.