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Reproductive justice pioneer Loretta Ross on strategies for the post-Roe South

January 26, 2023 - MacArthur "genius award" winner Loretta Ross helped launch the reproductive justice movement and co-founded SisterSong, a Georgia-based nonprofit that works to improve systems impacting the reproductive lives of marginalized communities. Facing South spoke with the professor and public intellectual about conditions post-Roe — and how Southern legislatures that oppose abortion can make parenting easier. 

Institute welcomes Maydha Devarajan as 2023 Julian Bond Fellow

January 13, 2023 - Formerly a reporter for the Chatham News + Record and editor of UNC's The Daily Tar Heel, Devarajan is the latest recipient of a fellowship created to support a new generation of social change journalists. The program honors Julian Bond, the civil rights veteran and journalist who cofounded the Institute for Southern Studies, the nonprofit publisher of Facing South.

Refusing to normalize voter suppression

December 14, 2022 - While observers are still grappling to understand the full impact of restrictive voting policies on the 2022 midterm election, voting rights advocates are fiercely challenging the notion that high turnout means there was no voter suppression — and continuing their calls for new federal voting rights legislation.

A new union is born in the South

November 28, 2022 - The Union of Southern Service Workers is fusing labor and human rights organizing to secure livable wages, stronger safety protections, greater control over work schedules, and new respect for the African Americans and Latinos who make up the majority of its members.