Rebekah Barber

Rebekah Barber is a student of English and history at N.C. Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and a researcher and writer for Facing South.

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For over 130 straight weeks, activists in North Carolina have protested the policies of Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, who faces re-election next year in one of the three Senate races in Southern states where Democrats stand the best chance of winning. (Photo: Tuesdays With Tillis/Facebook) Views
Friday, September 13, 2019
How the South Could Help Flip the US Senate
Since taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump has instituted dramatic policy changes that have hurt the most vulnerable U.S. residents — immigrants , children , women , transgender people , the poo r. He's also made significant headway in transforming the federal judiciary into one that's...
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This week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced updates to the public charge rule that would bar immigrants who use safety-net programs including Medicaid and food stamps from obtaining green cards. (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.) Views
Monday, August 19, 2019
Public Charge Rule Is Trump's Latest Attack on Immigrants
Two weeks ago, a 21-year-old white man from Dallas drove 10 hours to El Paso, Texas — a city where a majority of families have Mexican roots — and shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others at a Walmart. It was the worst terrorist attack on Latino people in U.S. history. In a manifesto...
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Activists hold a banner reading "Fifteen and a Union" Views
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Fight for $15 Protests McDonald's Over Workplace Violence
This week, thousands of McDonald's workers went on strike in 13 U.S. cities to demand higher wages, a union, and an end to rampant sexual harassment and other forms of violence in the workplace. The cities included Durham, North Carolina, and Florida's Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. The mass protests...
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"Alice Marie Johnson of Tennessee recently had her life sentence commuted by President Trump after she served 21 years in prison for a first-time, nonviolent offense. There are thousands more like her incarcerated in the U.S., and a growing reform effort seeks to free them." (Photo: Views
Monday, July 23, 2018
The Quest to Keep Nonviolent Offenders From Being 'Buried Alive'
Last month President Trump commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson , a 63-year-old great-grandmother from Tennessee, after she had served over 21 years in federal prison for a minor role in a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme — her first criminal offense. Johnson's case drew...
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Sunday, July 16, 2017
The Limits of the Sandra Bland Act
Two years ago this week, Sandra Bland was found hanged in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, three days after State Trooper Brian Encinia stopped her for failing to signal a lane change and threatened her with tasering, pushed her to the ground, and arrested her for refusing to put out her...
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Saturday, March 04, 2017
As Politicians Target Sanctuary Cities, Faith Communities and Campuses Seek to Become Refuges
Dating back thousands of years, the concept of sanctuary stems from the custom of offering hospitality to the stranger. In ancient Greek cities, slaves and thieves took sanctuary at the shrines of the gods. During biblical times, those who had killed someone accidentally could take asylum in cities...
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Monday, September 05, 2016
With Private Immigrant Detention up for Review, a Former Inmate Describes the Harsh Life on the Inside
When the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it was divesting from private prisons after they were found to be more dangerous than publicly run facilities, immigrant advocates hailed the groundbreaking decision. However, the move would affect only 13 prisons, as most private...
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Photographs of Emmett Till alive, left, and dead in his casket, right. Views
Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Living Legacy of Emmett Till's Casket
A casket is an unusual item to display in a museum. Most people visit museums not to dwell on death but to learn about what people did while alive. But there are times when a person's death itself leaves an impact on history. Such is the case of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old from Chicago who was...
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Demonstrators take part in a Moral Mondays march in Raleigh, N.C. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Recent Court Decisions Fuel Renewed Push for Restoring the Voting Rights Act
"What happened on July 29th is history, but the celebration is over. There are ongoing challenges we have to face." So said attorney Irv Joyner as he addressed the crowd at a voting rights gathering in Raleigh, North Carolina, called by the state NAACP on Aug. 6, the 51st anniversary of the signing...
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Sunday, August 07, 2016
The History of the Voting Rights Struggle Is Still Being Written
In its recent decision striking down North Carolina's "monster voting law" for "target[ing] African Americans with almost surgical precision" and discriminating in both intent and outcome, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals emphasized the historical discrimination that Blacks...
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