Stories

Economic Development

  • A Battleground for Humanity and Dignity

    On the occasion of the 50 th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Grantmakers for Southern Progress convened a funders’ delegation to learn about a diverse coalition of groups supporting structural change in Alabama today. At the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, the funders heard from representatives of a robust network of statewide organizations working...

  • Selma: A Shining Moment in the Conscience of Man

    This week, the nation’s attention will turn to the South as 100,000 people alight on Selma, Alabama. The crowds commemorating the 50 th anniversary of Bloody Sunday will include U.S. presidents, members of Congress, civil rights heroes, grassroots organizers, celebrities, blacks and whites, Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor.

    The pilgrims will pause to remember the day law...

  • Ralph Paige: Origins of the Southern Cooperative Movement & the Federation of Southern Cooperatives

    Ralph Paige has served the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund for 30 years, 15 as Executive Director. The Federation improves the quality of rural life through housing, community credit unions, cooperatives and training programs. It helps small farmers access the full range of USDA programs and keeps thousands of landowners informed of their rights and...

  • Scott Douglas: Vision & New Leadership

    Scott Douglas is the Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries. Before joining the staff of GBM, Scott served as Environmental Justice Organizer for the Sierra Club Southeast, Executive Director of the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice, and Southern Field Representative for the Partnership for Democracy Foundation. Douglas serves on the boards of AIDS...

    Scott Douglas
  • Scott Douglas: Alabama ARISE

    Scott Douglas is the Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries. Before joining the staff of GBM, Scott served as Environmental Justice Organizer for the Sierra Club Southeast, Executive Director of the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice, and Southern Field Representative for the Partnership for Democracy Foundation. Douglas serves on the boards of AIDS...