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Fear and hope: The Alabama Amazon plant unionizing effort through a worker’s eyes

Last summer, Amazon worker Darryl Richardson was fed up with how he and his colleagues were being treated at work. Every part of their day was being tracked and recorded. Even going to the bathroom had become an ordeal. Too long off the job in a single day could result [...]

By |2021-04-21T12:07:43-05:00April 19, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Feature, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

In a rural Alabama town, young Southerners have created their own ‘magical community’

Sarah Cole, 32, is relaxing on the front porch swing with her partner, Robert Fitzpatrick, when her phone buzzes.  It’s a text from their friend, Tim Higgins, inviting them over. Tim and his partner, Aaron Head, live just across the street. The spring breeze ruffles at least half a dozen different windchimes strung along the porch [...]

By |2021-04-14T12:27:03-05:00April 12, 2021|Economy, Life & Culture, Story|

How the Biden infrastructure plan addresses racial disparities

In the 70 years that have passed since the sprawling interstate highway system was built, which destroyed many Black and brown communities throughout the country and prompted decades of ignored protests, there has been little effort by the federal government to reverse the damage. A massive new federal program could [...]

This Alabama nonprofit is fighting ‘period poverty’ and restoring dignity to menstruating people

Aiko Pickering, a recent college graduate and Mobile, Ala., native, started Monthly in November 2020 to raise awareness about period poverty and provide menstrual products to people who need them.  Researchers found that 64% of women were unable to afford period products in 2017, according to a study conducted in [...]

By |2021-04-12T08:40:04-05:00April 7, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|

How Birmingham’s Thank You Books created community, found success through pandemic

Laura Cotten, Kristen Iskandrian and Elizabeth Goodrich wanted a home for Birmingham’s literary and author community.  They were proud of the city’s rich history of storytellers and avid readers and felt like something was missing within the city limits. The three friends opened Thank You Books in mid-December 2019, just [...]

By |2021-03-31T09:19:40-05:00March 29, 2021|Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|
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