Social Justice


Canceling student debt is very popular, especially among younger voters, new Courier Newsroom polling shows. (Shutterstock)
Canceling Student Debt Is Very Popular

Voters under 45 support student debt cancellation in overwhelming numbers.

Former civil rights lawyer and activist Floyd McKissick watches work begin on his "Soul City" project, a long-gestating Black empowerment utopia that ultimately couldn't escape the bad press from white supremacists. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine)
6 Utopias You Didn’t Know Existed in North Carolina

A Black refuge for economic empowerment, a lesbian commune, and a refuge for enslaved people: Let's take a tour of the hidden societies within North Carolina society. 

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at an early voting site located at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. (Image for Cardinal & Pine by Alvin Jacobs Jr.)
Voting Rights Restored for 55,000 North Carolinians With Felony Convictions

A state law with racist roots has long barred people on parole from voting or registering to vote. Courts ruled it unconstitutional this year.

W. Mondale Robinson in a photo from his campaign for mayor. (Courtesy of W. Mondale Robinson.)
‘Radical Hope’: Enfield Mayor W. Mondale Robinson’s Mission to Save His Hometown

One of eastern North Carolina’s oldest towns is also one of its poorest. But a progressive advocate turned local mayor has his eyes on a better future.

Legalized medical marijuana in North Carolina has long seemed a distant possibility. That possibility appears to be getting closer at the NC state legislature. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Medical Marijuana, Medicaid, and Poisoned Water: Three Proposed North Carolina Laws to Watch

On Monday, the state Senate passed a bill that will legalize cannabis for medical purposes. We have the roundup of this and other key NC bills.

The economic recovery is not the same for all people. Racial gaps in the unemployment rate in NC persist, according to a new state analysis. (Shutterstock)
NC’s Economic Recovery From the Pandemic Isn’t Universal

A new analysis in North Carolina shows there's still a significant difference in the unemployment rate for Black and white North Carolinians.

Democratic North Carolina Senate candidate Cheri Beasley speaks at an election night event hosted by the North Carolina Democratic Party after winning her primary race in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Republican Ted Budd will face Beasley in North Carolina’s Senate race in November 2022. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
Takeaways From Election Day? Beasley’s the Big Ticket and No One Knows for Sure Who’s Running the NC GOP 

Tuesday’s primary exposed a power struggle between Trump and everyone else in NC’s GOP.