SCSJ: “…these bills send a strong message that our legislature’s priority is not protecting the fundamental rights of North Carolinians.” DURHAM, N.C. (5.6.2021) — North Carolina lawmakers are fast-tracking two bills on Thursday that would create more penalties for protesters and provide more protections for police. House Bill 805, sponsored on May 3, by House […]
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), in partnership with three organizations focused on racial and educational justice, is urging North Carolina to use $95.6 million in education funds earmarked for the state in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to benefit the most vulnerable students. These vulnerable student populations include students of color, economically disadvantaged students, children with disabilities, homeless students, immigrant students and youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system.
Among the suggested uses for the funding are purchasing laptops or tablets for students who do not have them, creating quiet learning environments for students who are homeless or in foster care and providing training for students and teachers on how to better utilize technology for remote learning.
SCSJ Launches CROWD Academies To Protect Voting Rights of Communities of Color During Post-2020 Census Redistricting Process
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) is partnering with community organizations in six states to offer in-depth training sessions to educate community organizers on the redistricting process and potential voting rights violations following the 2020 census. Community Redistricting Organizations Working for Democracy (CROWD) Academies will equip individuals and organizations with tools to monitor and engage with redistricting processes at every level of government, spot warning signs and take action if decisions are likely to infringe on the right to an equal opportunity to participate in elections.
SCSJ and community partners celebrate a win for students and parents of Ashley Elementary after a panel of the Winston-Salem City Council voted unanimously to recommend the sale of city-owned property that will serve as the site of a new school to replace Ashley Elementary. The recommendation is slated to go before the full City Council for consideration on October 21.
DURHAM, N.C. – The Board of Directors for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) has hired Kareem Crayton, J.D., Ph.D. to serve as the interim executive director as the organization conducts a search for a full-time director. Anita Earls, the organization’s current executive director and founder, is stepping down from her position at the […]
New Bern, N.C. — Community Organizer Baqir Mujahid was recently recognized for his reentry and employment work at Wash Away Unemployment’s RESTORE: Second Chance Gala on Saturday, October 7. The late SCSJ Community Organizer, Umar Muhammad, was also posthumously recognized for all that he did for people directly impacted by racial and social injustice. Corey Purdie, […]
SCSJ supports call to remove Confederate monuments, memorials, and flags at the courthouses in North Carolina
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice has signed onto a resolution drafted by the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System that calls for the immediate removal of all Confederate monuments, memorials, flags, and other symbols and markers of racism and white supremacy, from all public spaces inside or […]
Pre-registration is currently open for our next Clean Slate clinic! Pre-registration is required if you want to meet with an attorney at this event. To pre-register, call 919-323-3380 ext. 152 before June 20, 2017. You must attend the clinic to receive free legal services. When: June 24, 2017, 9 am to 3 pm (doors open […]
This story was written by Amanda Lehmert and was originally published in the News & Record on Saturday, February 28, 2015. GREENSBORO-On a bitter cold Saturday in January, folks crowded the pews at the Beloved Community Center. There was a pregnant mom who was having trouble finding a landlord who would rent to her. There […]
Participate in the National Survey on Black Women's Labor Union Organizing and Leadership Experiences
National Survey on Black Women’s Labor Union Organizing and Leadership Experiences The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) is conducting a national survey of black women union members, organizers, leaders, and worker’s rights activists to learn more about their experiences in the labor movement. The survey is a companion piece to a forthcoming report and larger project, And Still I […]
These are tumultuous times for the criminal justice system. Huffington Post reports that exonerations of wrongfully convicted people are at an all time high. Meanwhile, Marissa Alexander has finally been released from a nightmare of incarceration resulting from firing a single warning shot at a known abuser. In the background, police are not being charged […]
Duke-UNC Initiative on Poverty and Inequality Summer Fellowship This is a joint effort between UNC and Duke University to focus on issues of poverty and inequality in Durham and Orange counties. The initiative emphasizes the importance of developing an historical understanding as well as working with local communities to find policy solutions to these persistent […]
The start to 2015 marked the continuation of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s efforts in empowering the immigrant community in North Carolina to protect the human and educational rights of their children. On January 5, 2015, the Durham City Council unanimously passed a resolution that is welcoming and supportive of immigrant children, including those […]
Date: Tuesday, December 23 Time: 12noon (Press Conference 11:30am) Begins: Ebenezer United Church of Christ 734 Apple St. Burlington, NC Concludes: First Christian United Church of Christ 415 S. Church St. Burlington, NC Distance: 1.2 Miles Join the marchers and lift up a voice asking for justice and equal protection under the law […]
DURHAM — Some 100 people gathered in downtown Durham Wednesday evening for a peaceful protest on the first night of Hanukkah, part of a nationwide “Chanukah Action to End Police Violence” event. Carolina Jews for Justice was an organizer locally for the protest by the Major the Bull statue at CCB Plaza. About 20 menorahs […]
On December 3, 2014, the Chapel Hill Town Council passed a resolution supporting and welcoming unaccompanied immigrant minors fleeing violence in their home countries. The Orange County Board of Commissioners unanimously voiced their support Monday night December 1 for giving unaccompanied child refugees equal access to education, health care and protection under the law. Carrboro’s […]
Yesterday, the Orange County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution that affirms the constitutional right of all children in North Carolina to attend public schools in their county of residence, without regard to their immigration status. The resolution was developed and supported by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the ACLU of North Carolina, the Orange County […]
Mat Windsor was denied the right to vote in this election because of a bureaucratic mistake that could not be corrected. Mat did everything right, but because the law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly (H.B. 589) in 2013 to “combat voter fraud” ended same day registration—the ability of voters to register (or to […]