POWERLINES—Call for submissions

Southerly and Scalawag are partnering to publish stories about climate change and infrastructure.

Y’all’s top Scalawag picks of 2019

From Silent Sam to Poetry & Playlists, here are Scalawag’s most impactful, shared, read, and talked about stories of the year.

Scalawag x Burnaway: Art, Labor, and Struggle in the South

This collaboration aims to offer a platform for art workers, cultural organizers, and residents on the brink of displacement to share the struggles of navigating the challenges of living and making in states with limited labor protections for all workers, cultural or otherwise, and examining the ways in which art work has aided social and labor movements in visualizing an alternative and just collective future.

Art & Labor—Call for Submissions

Scalawag and Burnaway are seeking contributors and on-the-ground reporters to work on a collaborative long-form series of stories exploring the connective threads between labor conditions, hyper-development, and arts workers in the South.

Could a Universal Basic Income Solve Appalachia’s Post-coal Poverty?

While a three-week reprieve to the 35-day government shutdown is easing some of the pain, the month-long spat between President Trump and Democrats in Congress threatened the livelihoods of people receiving government assistance all over the country. Local economies are still feeling the ripple effects, and many fear the new negotiations could lead to another damaging impasse. In central Appalachia, where one in four residents live below the federal poverty line, the shutdown adds urgency to a long-standing debate about what a safety net in rural America would look like, and whether there are ways to construct programs that would be more immune to the politics of the moment. One solution increasingly becoming a part of the mainstream political discourse: Universal Basic Income. UBI—a federally-provided, no-strings-attached monthly payment to all U.S. adults, similar to Social Security—has been proposed as a potential solution to rampant poverty since Richard Nixon’s presidency.