Sue Sturgis

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, August 29, 2020
Saving the U.S. Postal Service is a Civil Rights Issue
Year in which Congress, led by anti-slavery Radical Republican Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, passed a law banning racial discrimination in postal employment, which became a haven for Black workers after the Civil War: 1864 Responding to a reform movement, year in which Congress created a...
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Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a 3rd grader in Jeffco Public Schools, works on doing her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. Views
Saturday, March 28, 2020
COVID-19 Crisis Reveals Broadband Inequity
Number of Americans that the Federal Communications Commission says lack access to high-speed internet service, a number it calculates by using self-reported data from providers: 21 million Percent of U.S. residents in urban areas who lack access to high-speed internet, according to the FCC: 2...
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The Consumer Energy Alliance, an industry front group, is pressing for the controversial and legally imperiled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Views
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Big Energy Front Group Launches Push for Troubled Atlantic Coast Pipeline
A lobbying group formed by oil and gas industry insiders to push for increased fossil fuel production has turned its focus from promoting offshore drilling in the Atlantic to championing Dominion Energy's and Duke Energy's controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). It's doing so under the guise...
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Demonstrators participate in a Fight for $15 rally on April 14, 2015. Views
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Institute Index: $15 Wage Bill in Hands of Senator Opposed to Minimum Wage
Date on which the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act, which would boost the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025, phase out the $2.13 hourly minimum for tipped workers, and end subminimum wages for teens and workers with disabilities: 7/18/2019 Month in...
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Carrie Severino leads the Judicial Crisis Network, a 501(c)(4) secret-money "social welfare" nonprofit that has spent millions of dollars promoting conservative judges and plays a key role in the campaign to ban legal abortion in the U.S. Views
Sunday, May 26, 2019
The Secret Money Behind the Push to Ban Abortion
Rank of Brett Kavanaugh's 2018 appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court among the reasons there's a new push to ban abortion in state legislatures across the South and elsewhere: 1 In the fiscal year before it spearheaded Kavanaugh's confirmation, amount the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) — a secret-...
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This aerial photo shows a 2016 spill of coal ash and other pollutants flowing into North Carolina's Broad River from Duke Energy's Cliffside coal-fired power plant Views
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Who Will Pay to Clean Up Duke Energy's Coal Ash Pits?
Date on which the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), citing science, ordered Duke Energy to fully excavate its remaining coal ash pits and move the toxic waste into lined landfills: 4/1/2019 Number of remaining coal ash pits Duke Energy must excavate under the order: 6...
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Members of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Views
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Institute Index: The Racial Injustice of the Government Shutdown
Rank of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown ordered by President Trump — an effort to get congressional funding for an unpopular $5.7 billion wall along the Mexican border — among the longest in U.S. history: 1 Total number of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without...
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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi Views
Saturday, December 01, 2018
The Corporations That Helped a Confederate Apologist Hold a Senate Seat
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi won a special runoff election this week to the U.S. Senate seat she was appointed to fill earlier this year after Thad Cochran resigned for health reasons. She defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy, former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary...
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Offshore platforms Views
Sunday, November 04, 2018
The 2018 Ballot Measures That Could Help Build a More Just South
Voters in most states across the South will be weighing in on statewide ballot measures in this year's general election on a range of issues from voting rights to criminal justice. While some of the measures are being actively opposed by progressive groups — like the proposals to further restrict...
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A child with asthma uses a nebulizer shaped like a fish. The power plant pollution rule proposed by the Trump administration is expected to lead to 120,000 additional asthma attacks annually by 2030 and up to 1,400 additional premature deaths. (Photo: KristyFaith via Flickr.) Views
Monday, August 27, 2018
The Unequal Health Impacts of Trump's Coal Plant Rule
Date on which the Trump administration, as part of its efforts to boost the U.S. coal industry, proposed new regulations for coal-fired power plants that would roll back stricter pollution rules adopted by the Obama administration: 8/21/2018 Number of health and medical groups that issued a joint...
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