SCSJ: “Today, the Supreme Court ignored the impact of Arizona’s racist, anti-voter legislation” Durham, N.C. (July 1, 2021) — A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court today denied challenges to two election restrictions in Arizona and narrowed the application of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act without foreclosing the possibility to bring future claims. […]
RALEIGH, N.C. (6.16.2021) — The North Carolina Senate today advanced three bills that would slash mail-in voting deadlines, create a redundant online voter registration system, and bar elections boards from accepting grant funding. The bills, which passed along party lines, now head to the House for consideration. Allison Riggs, Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel for […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2021CONTACT: Sailor Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-260-5906 RALEIGH, N.C. (June 14, 2021) — Voting rights advocates converged on the grounds of the N.C. General Assembly on Monday for a press conference to speak out against Senate Bills 326, 724, and 725 as lawmakers ramp up efforts to restrict access to the ballot. […]
Southern Coalition for Social Justice Responds to Senate Bill 724’s Fast-tracked Changes to Online Voter Registration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2021CONTACT: Sailor Jones, (919) 260-5906, email@example.com DURHAM (June 9, 2021) — North Carolina-based voting rights group Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) responded today to Senate Bill 724, one of a slate of Republican voting-related changes being fast-tracked in the North Carolina legislature. The bill not only invests in NC’s enjoined […]
Protecting Against the Onslaught of Voter Suppression Efforts in the States: A Statement from the Voting Rights Working Group
READ THE FULL STATEMENT. (May 18, 2021) — As a nation, we have a shared commitment and responsibility to protect the voices and the rights of American voters. Our systems of democracy are made stronger when we all are respected and heard. A representative and effective government starts with free and fair access to the vote. […]
SCSJ to Durham Public Schools: “take a much broader look at racial bias in all of their policies.” DURHAM, N.C. (May 12, 2021) — On May 12, Durham Public Schools (DPS) issued a statement that they would be investigating an incident involving a Durham high-school student who was forced to cut her hair during a softball […]
SCSJ: “We are grateful for the Court’s clear requirements to protect these voters’ identities.” Durham, N.C. (May 11, 2021) — In a ruling issued on May 10, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit sent a lawsuit requesting significant, detailed information on registered voters in several North Carolina counties back to the […]
SCSJ: “This is a step in the wrong direction for a state where most people would rather walk toward equity.“ DURHAM, N.C. (May 10, 2021) — North Carolina lawmakers are advancing legislation that would create harsher penalties for minor school disciplinary infractions. House Bill 247 would allow schools to use long-term suspension or expulsion as […]
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 […]
SCSJ: “We vehemently oppose these latest legislative efforts to attack the freedom to vote and vow to continue pushing back from the committee room to the courtroom.” DURHAM, N.C. (5.6.2021) — North Carolina lawmakers are advancing three bills that would slash mail-in voting deadlines, expand the power of partisan poll watchers, and bar elections boards […]
Southern Coalition for Social Justice Reacts to Killing of Andrew Brown Jr., Joins Brown Family and Protestors in Calling for Release of Footage
SCSJ: “[We] demand justice for Andrew Brown Jr., accountability for the police violence that took his life, and transparency for his loved ones and others seeking safety and reassurance.” DURHAM, N.C. (April 29, 2021) — Following a judge’s denial on Wednesday of requests to immediately release videos showing police officer’s fatal shooting of Andrew Brown, Jr., Southern […]
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 11, 2021) — Opening statements begin April 12, for North Carolina’s long-awaited state voter ID trial in Holmes v. Moore. The trial, which is expected to run several weeks, is scheduled to begin Monday at 10 a.m. The media and public can watch the trial online here. Plaintiffs, six North Carolina voters […]
SCSJ Co-Executive Director to Testify in Front of Congress about Voting Rights and the 2020 Election
Durham, N.C. — Allison Riggs, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Chief Counsel for Voting Rights and Co-Executive Director, will testify in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration’s Subcommittee on Elections for the 117th Congress on Thursday, April 1, at noon.
For media inquiries:Michelle Rashmrash@rlfcommunications.com336-553-1733 (office)336-823-5501 (mobile) Durham, N.C. — While Black students made up 24.8% of children in North Carolina public schools, they received 54.9% of all short-term suspensions during the 2019-2020 school year, which ended in-person learning for students statewide in mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. White students, who comprise 45.5% of […]
Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Town Hall Hosted by the Youth Justice Project and the People’s Alliance
Durham, NC – The Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice is partnering with People’s Alliance to host a virtual town hall meeting on the school-to-prison pipeline in Durham Public Schools (DPS) on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m.
Southern Coalition for Social Justice Launches New Toolkit to Help Individuals Successfully Transition from Incarceration
For Immediate ReleaseDec. 16, 2020 For media inquiries:Michelle Rashmrash@rlfcommunications.com336-553-1733 (office)336-823-5501 (mobile) Durham, N.C. — The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) has launched a new criminal justice reform initiative to better prepare individuals who have been released from federal or state prison to navigate the re-entry process. A key component of this initiative is the […]
As Georgia Election Nears, Coalition Demands That Facebook, State Dept. Protect Poll Workers, Stop Proliferation of Violence Online
A new letter released today by a coalition of more than 60 progressive groups is urging that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and Director of External Affairs Lindsay Elin stop right-wing extremists from harassing and violently threatening poll workers leading up to Georgia’s runoff Senate election on January 5th, 2021.
WASHINGTON D.C. — As we near the end of this general election, the will of the people must be respected. In record numbers and in the face of a global pandemic, Americans voted early and on Election Day, and availed themselves of mail-in voting. But the right to vote includes the right to have your vote counted.