May 25, 2023 -
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an appeal of a ruling that ordered South Carolina to redraw its congressional map after a lower court found it discriminated against Black voters. The ruling could leave communities of color with fewer protections against racial discrimination in elections.
May 23, 2023 -
We spoke with workers involved in a successful organizing drive at a Starbucks store in Louisiana's biggest city to find out what they previously thought about unions, and how the effort has changed their thinking.
May 12, 2023 -
Some states have taken steps to restore voting rights for people with felony convictions, but Republican officials in places including Florida and North Carolina later reversed the reforms. Proponents of permanent disenfranchisement say it promotes respect for the law, but a growing body of evidence suggests that such policies make their targets more likely to break it again.
May 11, 2023 -
Ben Barber interviewed UNC law professor and anti-poverty scholar Gene Nichol about his new book, “Lessons from North Carolina: Race, Religion, Tribe, and the Future of America,” which offers insights from North Carolina politics aimed at countering the nationwide assault on democratic norms and values.
April 28, 2023 -
Workers at a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant in Van Buren, Arkansas, walked out for several days this month, saying the company is putting their health and safety at risk — and is now shoving them out the door after hailing their loyalty through a deadly pandemic.
April 21, 2023 -
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Moral Monday Movement's launch, and to mark the occasion Facing South democracy reporter Benjamin Barber spoke with Rev. Barber, his father, about the movement's historic roots and accomplishments, and what keeps him hopeful about progressive change today.
April 14, 2023 -
The 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act established a process for returning burial remains to tribes across the country, but the law applies only to those with federal recognition. The Southeast’s legacy of forced displacement and contentious battles over tribal recognition has created challenges for descendants seeking ancestors’ remains, thousands of which are still in the possession of museums and research institutions across the country.