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Voting Rights

NC Supreme Court Sides with Political Operatives Instead of Voters in Defamation Case 

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2024) — The North Carolina Supreme Court sided with out-of-state political operatives Thursday in an opinion condoning agents of former state Governor Pat McCrory falsely accusing four North Carolina voters of fraud following the closely contested 2016 gubernatorial race.  The high court ruled in Bouvier, et al. v. Porter, et al.,…

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Environmental Justice

NC Environmental Advocates Unite to Challenge Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan

DURHAM (May 21, 2024) – Environmental justice organizations filed to intervene in Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan to ensure the voices of frontline communities are heard in the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s (NCUC) process.  Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed a petition — and was approved — to intervene in the Carbon Plan and Integrated Resource…

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Many of the voting rights success stories across the South have been the result of small but mighty organizations working tirelessly and fearlessly to make sure all voices are heard, despite efforts from politicians in many places to suppress the vote, particularly among communities of color.

Mitchell Brown, SOLVE Network Coordinator and Senior Counsel for Voting Rights at SCSJ

Our Cases

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JUSTICE SYSTEM REFORM

Move the Monument Coalition Edenton-Chowan

SCSJ and Emancipate NC are assisting the Move the Monument Coalition Edenton-Chowan in their fight to remove a Confederate soldier statute from the town’s historic waterfront.

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VOTING RIGHTS

Petteway v. Galveston County

SCSJ filed a challenge to the Galveston County Commissioners' 2021 precinct map in April 2022 on behalf of three local NAACP branches, the local Galveston LULAC Council 151, and three Black and Latino voters, in partnership with co-counsel from Texas Civil Rights Project and Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Clayton, et. al. v. Person County

SCSJ is challenging Person County's rezoning of parcels from rural residential and conservation designations to industrial zoning. Dominion Energy’s plans to construct and operate the proposed Moriah Energy Center (MEC) liquified methane storage facility on the rezoned parcels.

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