Economy

Picture this: The geography of immobility

By MDC
July 2, 2015 - A new interactive map from the Urban Institute shows patterns of affluence across the country. Southern metro areas show clear clusters of affluence, indicating that resources and opportunities are concentrated in certain areas.

Sustainability and hope

May 12, 2015 - The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has launched a "Southern Voices" oral history project to capture the stories of Southern leaders working for social and economic justice. This installment focuses on how organizations in the region are investing in ambitious plans to create diverse, sustainable economic engines.

Why 'Ban the Box' matters

May 7, 2015 - There's a growing national movement to end the discriminatory practice of requiring job applicants to check off a box if they have a criminal record. Last month, Virginia became the most recent state to "Ban the Box."

INSTITUTE INDEX: Momentum builds in the Fight for $15

April 17, 2015 - While major corporations like Walmart and McDonald's have recently taken steps to boost some workers' pay, tens of thousands took to the streets this week calling for a real livable wage. In what organizers have said was the largest demonstration yet, fast-food workers, child care providers, adjunct university faculty and others rose up in the Fight for $15.