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Voters Across the South Are Concerned About Climate Change, Support Robust Investments in Health Care and Community Services

In September 2021, Data for Progress, in collaboration with the Southern Economic Advancement Project and Groundwork Collaborative, surveyed 2,222 registered voters in the Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. We find that voters in these 12 states broadly support investments in health …

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Building States’ Labor Infrastructure

Like the initial rounds of stimulus payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, provides a federal supplement to the weekly unemployment insurance benefits for millions of Americans. However, since the historic number of unemployment insurance claims began last April, the underlying …

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Pandemic to Prosperity: South (1st edition)

History has shown that large-scale crises accelerate pre-existing trends, exacerbate inequities, and permanently change societies and civic life. Large scale disasters produce an enormous break in the status quo followed by continuous change. Recovery from the pandemic and deep economic crisis will vary across communities, and different populations will face various barriers to achieving shared …

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The Delta Regional Authority: A Black Belt Perspective

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) was created to address generational inequity and underdevelopment within the Mississippi Delta region. The region’s history of enslavement, persistent poverty and marginalization has resulted in a present need for intentional strategies to correct centuries of neglect and inaction. The Southern region, with the Mississippi Delta within, also includes a cluster …

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Community-Centered Model of Equitable and Just Employment

Low wages and limited worker protections have produced rising inequality and economic insecurity in the South and throughout the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the failures of the current employment model and has created an opportunity to reimagine a more equitable and just system. This brief introduces the Community-Centered Employment (CCE) model …

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