Peace Development Fund Spotlights Turn South

April 26, 2018

We are pleased to announce Peace Development Fund selects Turn South: Southern Women for Change to spotlight in its Grassroots Funding Week. Turn South is one of three organizations highlighted today, April 26, for our efforts to tackle poverty.

During this innovative funding initiative taking place April 23 – 28, PDF is sharing the work of prospective grantees promoting human rights and social justice with its community of supporters.

PDF recognizes Turn South to be “filling an important role in organizing women in the rural South, Turn South: Southern Women for Change organizes and develops leadership using a broad human rights framework, empowering women to address poverty and other impacts over a range of systemic injustices that affect them and their communities”.

Go to the PDF homepage today or visit Turn South’s PDF profile page during the week to learn about our efforts.

Turn South thanks PDF for this significant opportunity to grow awareness of, and support for, our work.

Building a Human Rights Culture to Stop Violence Against Women

December 7, 2017

February 21-22, 2017

Turn South Director Rachel Fowler traveled to MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California to conduct introductory women’s rights are human rights workshops for organizers planning the Resisting Rape Culture Conference planned for April 2017. Participants explored how human rights could be used to ground the conversations for the conference and inform post-conference community action. The group explored how women and other vulnerable communities could organize to grow a human rights culture in resistance to a culture that oppresses women and enables violence against women. Allies for outreach were identified, including within the college and town communities. The group was introduced to Human Rights Cities and Cities for CEDAW initiatives across the country that are seeking to promote and protect women’s rights as comparative models. The group discussed the role of sexism, classism and racism in perpetuating gender based violence, and the common and different experiences of other vulnerable communities on the college campus facing personal insecurities – be it immigrant, LGBTQ, other minority or food insecure communities. Project Advisor Natalie Collier addressed the April conference and presented the Call to Action. More than 100 college and community members attended the conference.

Community Members in Spartanburg SC affirm Women’s Rights as Human Rights

December 7, 2017

Turn South in partnership with Ubuntu Institute for Community Development (UICD) hosted an educational workshop and dialogue session in Spartanburg, SC on March 18, 2017 in celebration of Women’s History Month. (more…)

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America, the world’s richest nation

December 1, 2017

Ed Pilkington reports on UN representative Philip Alston’s mission to the U.S. to assess “…can Americans enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards?” (more…)

Global warming will increase poverty in the southern US, a new study says

July 23, 2017

New study “estimates that southern areas of the US, many of which are already poor, could face a 20 [%] decline in economic activity if carbon emissions continue unabated…” (more…)

Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

April 4, 2017

Alana Semuels reports racial segregation, poverty, income inequality, a high degree of single mothers, and low social capital are key factors affecting economic mobility.


Tusculum College “Bonner Leaders” Learn Human Rights Basics

January 18, 2017

On January 9, Turn South Director Rachel Fowler served as featured speaker for the Tusculum College Bonner Leader Program’s first session of the 2017 spring semester. (more…)

Turn South Presents at 2016 CHRONIC Gathering

December 8, 2016

Turn South Project Director Rachel Fowler presented at the third annual Carolina Human Rights Organizing Conference (CHRONIC) held in Asheville, NC on October 21-23, 2016. (more…)

Carol Anderson: Donald Trump Is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety

November 16, 2016

Anderson writes “Barack Obama’s election — and its powerful symbolism of black advancement — was the major trigger for the policy backlash that led to Donald Trump…”


Changes strengthen education rights for homeless children

September 8, 2016

NLCHP releases resource that provides answers to questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations.