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Meet Alaina Comeaux, one of thousands of New Orleanians practicing mutual aid after Hurricane Ida

More than two weeks after hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, residents in New Orleans and in smaller coastal communities are still suffering. Down in the bayou, a couple of hours south of New Orleans, homes have been entirely pushed off their stilts and residents are in full survival mode. [...]

By |2021-09-16T12:29:53-05:00September 16, 2021|Economy, LGBTQ, Politics, Race, Reckon|Women, Story|

‘Pause, learn, and respect each other’: One Afghan man, formerly a U.S. military interpreter, reflects on 9/11 and living as a Muslim in Georgia 

Before coming to the U.S. 12 years ago, Rohid Paiman was an interpreter for the U.S military for nearly a decade. He left behind his family believing that Afghanistan was in good hands having transitioned to a fledgling democracy after decades of war stretching back to 1979 when the Soviet [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:35:27-05:00September 11, 2021|Education, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

Nobody wants to work because of unemployment checks? That’s not what the numbers say

Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the eviction ban, potentially placing millions of Southerners in danger of losing their homes, the government’s $300 a week Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) came to an end Sept. 6. The double blow, which comes during a spike in Covid cases in all [...]

By |2021-09-09T12:37:07-05:00September 9, 2021|Economy, Politics, Story|

New Orleans, coastal Louisiana and Mississippi hurricane outreach: How to help

As Hurricane Ida continues north, residents in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi grapple with the mass destruction left by the joint most powerful hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana since records began. People living in New Orleans may be without power for weeks. Many aid groups, including the Federal Emergency Management [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:36:08-05:00August 31, 2021|Blackness, Economy, LGBTQ, Life & Culture, Story|

Descendants of Alabama’s Africatown persist despite industrial pollution struggles

The daily reminders of Africatown’s complex history can be seen several times a day, as trains slowly roll past the dilapidated homes, empty, overgrown lots and pockmarked streets that were once bustling with life and industry.  Those same trains have been the lifeblood of Gulf Coast communities for almost two [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:36:24-05:00August 27, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Race, Story|

Want to help Afghan refugees? Here are resources from around the South

After two decades of war, Afghanistan is once again in the hands of the Taliban. The militia group, designated as a terrorist organization throughout the West, swept through the country as quickly as U.S. and its allies retreated. The speed of the offensive took many off guard and was complete [...]

By |2021-08-17T13:43:57-05:00August 17, 2021|Economy, Education, Health, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

Alabama’s Amazon union fight and the South’s long, often racist, history with labor organizing

Workers at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse could get the greenlight to hold a second union vote in the coming weeks, setting up another showdown between one of the world’s most valuable companies and its embattled employees. In early August, the Atlanta regional office for the National Labor Relations Board said Amazon [...]

By |2021-08-17T13:22:27-05:00August 16, 2021|Economy, Feature, Politics, Race, Story|

The story of Lex Gillette, a N.C. blind long jumper headed to the Paralympic Games

Back in 2004, a blind teenager from North Carolina sprinted down the 130-foot runway inside the Athens Olympic stadium in Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic games and where the first modern games was hosted in 1896.   The magnitude of the moment didn’t overcome the 19-year-old who was competing [...]

By |2021-08-12T18:40:22-05:00July 26, 2021|Blackness, Life & Culture, Race, Story|
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