Human Rights

"An unjust, evil and futile war"

January 12, 2007 - As political leaders opposed to the Iraq tragedy struggle to find their voice, and progressives generally grapple with the role of faith, it's valuable to look back at the words of a minister from Georgia, only 38 years old at the time, who we honor this weekend.

The return of Trent Lott

November 18, 2006 - Here at Facing South, we were as surprised as all of you to read about the revival of Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), who was driven from Republican leadership in 2003 after waxing nostalgic for the days of the Old Confederacy. By a vote of 25 to 24, Lott will become whip for the now-minority GOP.

Gay marriage bans carry in the South

November 8, 2006 - Amendments to ban gay marriage have easily passed in the three Southern states where they were on the ballot: South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The margins are most lopsided in SC and TN, a bit tighter in VA. Key question is how the presence of anti-gay marriage amendment is impacting VA Senate race.

Protecting the vote

November 7, 2006 - With midterm elections taking place tomorrow, civil rights groups nationwide are gearing up for protect-the-vote initiatives to ensure fairness at the polls, and many of the efforts are focused on Southern states.