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The Story of the South is the Story of America

The South’s growing Black, Latinx and AAPI populations, increasing LGBTQ+ visibility, and mix of rural and urban communities, make it rich with culture—and opportunity.

Its legacy of abolition, reconstruction and desegregation is alive today in movements for reproductive justice, voting rights, transgender equality and workers’ rights. Southerners are joining forces to show America what’s possible when it confronts its history, reconciles with its differences, and reimagines a more perfect, more just union together.

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In a rapidly diversifying South, these leaders are advocating for a new vision for the region—rooted in equity, justice, and belonging for all.

Too often, stories of oppression and resistance in the American South are told by people who are not from or connected to the region. Press On was created to elevate the region’s underrepresented stories and diverse voices, carrying social justice forward and advancing a new movement of journalism.

Women With A Vision has become a force to be reckoned with across the American South. Comprised of all of 11 women, the organization took the fight for abortion rights to the Supreme Court, fought to overturn a 200-year-old law that discriminated against sex workers—and that’s just the beginning.

The Neutral Ground, a documentary produced by CJ Hunt and Darcy McKinnon, chronicles the fight over four Confederate monuments in New Orleans while confronting America’s refusal to acknowledge and reckon with systemic racism.

The Changing Face of Advocacy

It’s a familiar cycle: money and attention swoop into swing states during an election, then leave without any lasting benefit for local communities. But advocacy groups are shifting the paradigm by building the power of people too often neglected by political machinery.

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How to Truly Thank Essential Workers

Low-wage workers have borne the brunt of COVID-19, but the US economy was broken long before the pandemic. Our grantees teamed up with workers across the country to reimagine a future of work that works for everyone.

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