August 24, 2020 -
As a voting rights activist in Georgia, I understand the sacred importance of the hard-won ballot. But as a young Black man in America, I recognize that elections alone cannot save Black lives.
May 29, 2015 -
Why was the killing of an African-American man by a white police officer in a South Carolina city met with such a different response than similar tragedies in the North and Midwest? Camera footage made a difference, but so did the years-long building of a community of resistance.
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 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.