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Why Black communities’ lack of parks is an environmental justice issue

Since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged more than 20 months ago, green spaces in the nation’s cities have become valuable outdoor refuges, places to escape the tedium of life surrounded by four walls. As the science around how the disease spreads has become clearer, and the nation’s collective mental health plummeted [...]

By |2021-10-21T09:16:06-05:00October 21, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Feature, Health, Politics, Race|

More than step shows: Meet Jared Ball, the Morgan State professor debunking HBCU myths

If you attended a historically Black college or university, you've heard it all before. HBCU students spend their refund checks on Jordan's, crab legs and haircuts. Non-Black students only go to HBCUs for the free tuition.  HBCU presidents routinely run budget deficits by making bad financial decisions. HBCU alumni refuse [...]

By |2021-10-15T11:57:32-05:00October 15, 2021|Blackness, Education, Feature, Justice, Politics, Race, Reckon Creates|

Fighting climate change inequity through flood insurance? Yep, it’s a thing.

On September 10, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson arrived at the George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans’s hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward. The school, built just four years earlier, had become a refugee center for those affected by a Category 4 hurricane that pummeled the city the previous day [...]

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|

It doesn’t have to be this way: North Carolina cities explore alternatives to police response for non-violent emergency calls

When there is an emergency or something seems out of control, most people call 911.  Dispatchers usually send police officers to respond — even when their presence is unnecessary and a response beyond traditional policing tactics could be more helpful. In North Carolina, the data shows that most crime is [...]

By |2021-08-31T08:52:35-05:00August 25, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Politics, 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|
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