Rosa Gill

A map showing that an area in Winston-Salem near US 52 and Waughtown Street has many pollution sources and is 74% non-white and 88% low-income.

House Bill 689 would establish state policy on environmental justice

BY: - April 19, 2023

In just one census block group in south Winston-Salem, there are four hazardous waste sites, three landfills, two contaminated dry cleaners, three tracts that are legally allowed to spread soil contaminated with gasoline or oil, 36 spills from underground petroleum storage tanks and another 18 from those above ground.  Six lots have land use restrictions […]

Former judges, geographers, draw a simulated N.C. congressional map “free of politics”

BY: - August 29, 2016

At first glance, the congressional map looks so clean, free of curlicues and serpentine hydra. By contrast, the 2011 congressional version appears to be a abstract drip painting. The difference between the two? The 2011 version was drawn and passed by the conservative legislature, and later declared unconstitutional by a federal court. The independent redistricting version, unveiled Monday, was a simulation undertaken […]

After heated debate, state House approves achievement school district bill

BY: - June 2, 2016

Following a bristling debate on the N.C. House of Representatives floor Thursday morning, House lawmakers have approved a controversial bill for a pilot program that could allow for-profit charter operators to assume control over low-performing schools. House Bill 1080, which has sparked criticism from many public education advocates, was approved on its second reading by a 60-49 vote […]