Honoring Reconstruction’s legacy: the freedom to vote
In 1868, Southern states held constitutional conventions in which recently freed black men helped eliminate vestiges of the Confederacy and draft progressive blueprints for state government. While some of the provisions survived Jim Crow, conservative politicians today are chipping away at Reconstruction’s radical legacy. The first installment in a series on Reconstruction constitutions. (9/13/2018)
Arkansas Supreme Court to decide fate of constitutional limits on lawsuits
Corporate-backed supporters of the tort reform amendment, as well as its opponents, are gearing up to spend millions to influence voters’ decision in November. But a state court recently struck down the amendment and ordered officials not to count the votes. (9/12/2018)
In North Carolina, co-ops are building a more democratic economy
Cooperatives have a deep history in the South, and especially in African-American communities. A growing number of co-ops in North Carolina are drawing on that rich history to fill gaps created by economic inequality. (9/12/2018)
More than eight years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, tens of thousands of sickened cleanup workers, first responders, and coastal residents are still awaiting financial compensation — and many may not ever receive it because of the way the settlement has been structured.