Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis is the Director and regular contributor to the Institute for Southern Study's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. Sue is the author or co-author of five Institute reports, including Faith in the Gulf (Aug/Sept 2008), Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (January 2008) and Blueprint for Gulf Renewal (Aug/Sept 2007). Sue holds a Masters in Journalism from New York University.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 11:45am
How Politicians Helped Create a Climate of Hate for LGBT People
Number of people killed in the June 12 massacre at Pulse, an LGBT dance club in Orlando, Florida, by a man who reportedly expressed animus toward LGBT people and who may have been a gay or bisexual person himself: 49 Number of people injured in the shooting, which took place on the club's Latin-...
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Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 8:30am
Another Gulf Oil Spill Adds Fuel to Movement Against New Offshore Drilling Leases
Last week a damaged pipeline at a Royal Dutch Shell deepwater production field about 100 miles off the Louisiana coast spilled what's been officially estimated at 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the leak was stopped. However, On Wings of Care , a nonprofit environmental...
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Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:15am
The Backlash Against Expanded Voting Rights in Virginia
Date on which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order to restore voting rights to people who've completed their felony prison, probation and parole sentences: 4/22/2016 Estimated number of people directly affected by the order: 200,000 Rank of McAuliffe's among the most significant...
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Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 9:30am
Offshore Drilling Fight Shifts from the Atlantic to the Gulf
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside the Superdome in New Orleans this week to disrupt a federal auction for Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners and chanted "Shut it down!" and "the Gulf is not for profit!" The March 23 action at the Bureau of Ocean Energy...
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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
Pre-empting Local Democracy in North Carolina and Beyond
Date on which the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance expanding the city's non-discrimination policy to offer new protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and to allow people to use public restrooms based on their gender identity: 2/22/2016 Vote by...
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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am
NC Voting Rights Fight Moves From the Courtroom to the Streets
As the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its ID requirements — was getting ready to shift its fight for voting rights from the courtroom to the streets. The civil rights group...
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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 11:45am
The Overwhelming Consensus Against Citizens United
Year in which the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down restrictions on political spending, including secret spending by outside groups unaffiliated with campaigns or parties: 2010 Since the decision, amount in unlimited contributions that's poured into federal elections: $...
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Friday, November 13, 2015 - 3:00pm
Dirty Tar Sands Oil Flows to South's Refineries Despite Keystone XL Rejection
Year in which TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline carrying carbon-heavy tar sands oil from Canada to the United States was approved by the Bush administration: 2008 Year in which the first phase of the pipeline, from eastern Alberta to Nebraska and then on to Illinois, was completed: 2010 Year in which...
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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 8:45am
The Inequity of New Orleans' Katrina Recovery at 10
Number of people Hurricane Katrina initially displaced from New Orleans, where federal levee failures caused mass flooding: at least 400,000 Percent of white New Orleanians displaced by Katrina who returned to the city within a year: 67 Percent of displaced black New Orleanians who returned in that...
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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 3:45pm
The Katrina Oil Spill Disaster: A Harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?
When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast 10 years ago, it set off a disaster of many parts — and one of those parts was an oil spill catastrophe. In fact, Katrina turned out to be the worst U.S. oil spill disaster since the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaska. The storm resulted in an...
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