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.
WASHINGTON D.C. — Members of the Voting Rights Working Group issued the following statement on voter integrity and the 2020 elections.
Process For “Curing” Mail-In Ballot Errors in North Carolina Clarified Following Federal Court Ruling
Durham, N.C. — Voters in North Carolina who choose to vote by mail will have greater clarity around the process for correcting mistakes on their ballot envelope following a ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The rulings by Judge William L. Osteen, in line with his preliminary injunction order instructing that North Carolina voters who make a mistake on their ballot must receive notice and an opportunity to fix mistakes, will help ensure a greater number of North Carolina ballots are counted this General Election.
Durham, N.C. — Democracy North Carolina, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and individual North Carolina voters who have or plan to vote by mail this General Election have filed motions in two different federal lawsuits to guarantee that all absentee vote-by-mail ballots are counted, even if the voter makes a mistake when filling out their ballot envelope.
Durham, N.C. — Two organizations focused on advancing equality and increasing political participation have filed a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Strict Liability Voting Law, a vague and racially discriminatory law that makes it a felony for North Carolina residents to vote if they are on parole, probation or post-release supervision for a felony conviction, even if they mistakenly believe they are eligible to vote. Virtually every other election crime punishable as a Class I felony in North Carolina requires intent. The lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting prospective enforcement of the law, including for the 2020 General Election.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Eases Access to Voting for Nearly 1.3 Million Medicaid Recipients
Durham, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has begun mailing voter registration forms to nearly 1.3 million Medicaid recipients who have had their benefits automatically renewed within the past year. Additionally, moving forward, voter registration forms will be mailed out with the correspondence DHHS already sends to Medicaid recipients whose benefits have been automatically renewed.
Durham, N.C. — A three-judge panel in Wake County Superior Court declined to lift a preliminary injunction against North Carolina’s voter ID law in Holmes v. Moore, saying a modification to the list of permissible IDs approved by the legislature this summer does not resolve concerns that the voter ID law discriminates against voters of color.
Durham, N.C. — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that will put in place some key measures to help ensure North Carolina voters will be able to cast their ballots safely in November’s General Election, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The injunction by Judge William L. Osteen in Democracy North Carolina et al vs North Carolina State Board of Elections et al will make it easier for people to vote by mail and to help make sure all mail-in ballots are counted.
Durham, N.C. — In a unanimous, bipartisan 4-0 vote, the North Carolina State Board of Elections overturned a decision by the Wayne County Board of Elections and upheld Bevan Julius Foster’s win in the Wayne County Board of Commissioners District 3 Democratic Primary.