Publications + Reports

Institute staff and collaborators disseminate their research and analysis and education on Institute core issues of race, poverty, and migration, their interconnections, and Catholic Social Teaching through a variety of publications and reports:

The JustSouth E-News is published in months in which our JustSouth Quarterly is not published, usually six to seven times a year. It usually includes articles by the staff, links to new reports and releases from regional and national sources on race, poverty, and migration, upcoming Institute events, and occasional “action alerts” about pressing social policy matters. View archives »

The JustSouth Quarterly is the principle journal for in-depth research and writing of the Institute staff and collaborators. It reflects our research, analysis and education, as well as content from our periodic conferences and events. View archives »

In addition, the Institute publishes occasional issue papers, the texts of addresses by the staff and colleagues, and JSRI conference documents as free-standing reports to supplement our regular publications. View archives »

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E-Newsletter: Won't raising the minimum wage cost jobs?

The minimum wage debate is hot. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (FMWA) would raise the minimum from $7.25 to $10.10 over three years and then index to inflation. Why? 

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Quarterly: Where are the Jobs?

While the stock market is soaring to set new records and CEOs are taking home cash and stock options, high rates of unemployment remain. The “official” unemployment rate for April 2013 was 7.5 percent, representing 11.7 million persons, of whom 4.4 million have been unemployed for at least six months.

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E-Newsletter: Minimum Wage: Gateway to Worker Dignity

Why does the Catholic Church continue to support increases in the minimum wage?  Because, as Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of the Diocese of Stockton told the U.S. Senate last month, “A just wage is a moral issue…”

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Report: Challenges before Catholic Social Teaching in the 21st Century

It is important to note that, if this is an organic tradition, then there is more to be done. There are a number of questions either not addressed, or not adequately addressed, by the main documents in the tradition or that need repetition because we just don’t “get it.” Moreover, social and economic changes in the future will give rise to the need for new reflection from the perspective of faith.

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E-Newsletter: Their Stake in Medicaid Expansion

A report this month from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the disproportionately negative impact on people of color of decisions by Gulf South governors and legislatures and those in other states. 

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E-Newsletter: Indigent defense still experiencing problems 50 years after Gideon decision

An Equal Justice Initiative analysis shows how the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Gideon Decision demonstrates ongoing problems in indigent defense.

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E-Newsletter: Report finds payday lending cost Americans $774 million in 2011

In a new report, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development finds that predatory payday loans in 33 states cost the American economy $774 million in 2011 resulting in the loss of more than 14,000 jobs.

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Quarterly: Taxing the Poor

A number of governors are seeking to eliminate state personal and corporate income taxes and substitute higher sales taxes. To assess the impact and morality of these proposed changes, one needs to look first at the current state-local tax burdens of state populations.

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E-Newsletter: Coalition gathers to advocate for fair lending in Alabama

The Alliance for Responsible Lending in Alabama (ARLA), a large coalition advocating fair lending policies, gathered on February 28 at the state house in Montgomery to urge legislators to cap payday loans at 36% and to curtail automobile title lending.

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E-Newsletter: The Tax Deal

While major parts of the presidential campaign focused on the economy, debt, and taxes—individual and corporate—the “fiscal cliff tax deal” reached on January 2nd resolved none of them and, in fact, simply sets up three more “fiscal cliffs” next quarter.

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