Economy

What went wrong with the South?

By MDC
November 3, 2015 - News stories that ask what went wrong with the South too often fail to capture the context of its intergenerational poverty: centuries of enslavement and systemic discrimination that resulted in the immense racial disparities we see today. And it's not just a Southern problem — it's an American one.

Tefere Gebre: How labor can win the South

October 30, 2015 - National union leader Tefere Gebre talks with Facing South about why it's essential for labor to focus on the South, the need for creative new approaches to worker organizing, and the role labor can play in spurring a broader progressive movement.

Powering Appalachia's brighter future

October 23, 2015 - An initiative to help states affected by the coal industry's decline has announced its first round of grants valued at $14.5 million. The bulk of the money is going to Kentucky and West Virginia, which have been most severely affected, and will support programs that provide digital media training, boost agricultural production, promote tourism and more.

Is $15 an hour enough?

October 13, 2015 - A new report finds that the national living wage for a single adult is $16.87 an hour — and far higher in many states, including Florida, Georgia and Virginia.

Fighting stubborn poverty numbers

September 18, 2015 - This week the Census Bureau announced the U.S. poverty rate remained virtually unchanged from 2013 to 2014 despite improving employment numbers. Economic justice advocates across the South discuss what they're doing to address the problem of persistent economic inequality.