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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|

Fighting for legacy and Durham’s Black Wall Street

The entrepreneurial efforts of Black business men fueled Durham North Carolina’s Black Wall Street -- creating lasting institutions for excellence despite the threat to decimate Black communities with plans of urban renewal, highway construction and segregation.  The Black business community worked to ensure that opportunity in Durham remained available for [...]

By |2021-09-08T13:51:47-05:00September 10, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Justice, Reckon Creates, 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|

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|

Reckon and AL.com awarded $35K grant; will highlight the criminalization of poverty in documentary

Reckon and AL.com will produce a documentary about the criminalization of poverty thanks to a grant from the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights at the Columbia Journalism School. The grant amounts to $35,000, which will support AL.com investigative reporter Connor Sheets in pursuing major [...]

By |2021-08-10T11:59:14-05:00August 9, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Justice, Race, Story|

‘Student debt is morally illegitimate’: How one group wants to abolish $511 billion in college loans for Southerners 

If President Biden does not extend the moratorium on student loan payments or cancel debt outright by Sept. 30, federal loan borrowers will have to resume paying back their student debt.  Earlier this week, the Biden Administration removed more than $55 million in debt from 1,800 student loan borrowers. Although [...]

By |2021-07-13T16:11:37-05:00July 13, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Race, Story|

Hurricane season: Creative, low-cost ways to survive and recover

As climate change heats up our oceans, hurricanes will get stronger and more destructive. That’s bad news for everyone living on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. But it’s especially bad for the millions of low-income people who lack the resources to evacuate, properly prepare or recover. This year, the National [...]

By |2021-07-16T09:25:01-05:00July 12, 2021|Economy, Education, Health, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

‘A lot of wealth and rocket scientists’: Why Huntsville is now unaffordable for so many

Edy Aguilar works in and has friends in Huntsville, Ala., and is excited to get involved in the city’s ever-growing community. But finding an affordable place in the city is just beyond her reach. Huntsville is a hotspot for technology and aerospace jobs, with more jobs coming to the city every year. The city has expanded [...]

By |2021-07-21T12:13:33-05:00July 6, 2021|Economy, Story|
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