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|

How an Appalachia youth coalition is creating a region where people can and want to STAY

Young Black, Latinx, and queer people in Appalachia don’t have what they need to live a safe and sustainable life in their regions.  Groups like The STAY Together Youth Appalachian Project, a diverse youth coalition in Central Appalachia, are providing young people in Appalachia an opportunity to challenge systems of [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:40:38-05:00June 29, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Justice, LGBTQ, Race, Story|

‘What most kids need’: How one school community got SMART when its rural hospital closed

The only hospital in rural Pickens County, Ala., closed its doors for good just two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  It was March 2020. The west Alabama county sits along the Mississippi state line, its landscape dotted with small towns. When the hospital closed in the county seat of Carrollton (pop. 1,000), Pickens County [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:42:05-05:00June 21, 2021|Economy, Education, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

Why the $300 child tax credit could be a step toward universal basic income — and happier families

Next month, millions of American families will begin receiving monthly direct cash payments, and unprecedented foray into the idea of a universal basic income.  A new expanded child tax credit, part of the American Rescue Plan that Congress passed in March, will give low- and middle-income families monthly payouts of $300 per child under age 6 [...]

By |2021-06-14T15:38:52-05:00June 3, 2021|Economy, Reckon|Women, Story|

Black farmers’ leader: Why the USDA should do more about racism in agriculture 

John Boyd, a fourth-generation farmer from Virginia, bought his first farm at age 18 and quickly lost it after falling behind on mortgage payments and the federal government denied him several loans he needed to catch up. “It’s tough for all farmers, but when you throw in discrimination and racism [...]

By |2021-06-03T09:46:00-05:00June 2, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Feature, Race, Story|
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