Entries by Shoshannah Sayers

Durham: Peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest on 1st night of Hanukkah

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 […]

U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Wake School Board Redistricting Case

The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit challenging Wake County’s school board election maps. The Durham-based Southern Coalition for Social Justice is challenging the 2013 redistricting on behalf of a handful of Wake County residents and two local organizations. They argue that […]

NC: Momentum builds to support unaccompanied immigrant children

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 […]

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Now #GivingTuesday

  SCSJ has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will […]

The Marshall Project sheds new light on the U.S. criminal justice system

An important new criminal justice resource has just come online: The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization devoted to criminal justice reform. The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization founded on two simple ideas. In their own words: 1) There is a pressing national need for high-quality journalism about the American criminal […]

Activists Wield Search Data to Challenge and Change Police Policy

DURHAM, N.C. — One month after a Latino youth died from a gunshot as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser here last year, 150 demonstrators converged on Police Headquarters, some shouting “murderers” as baton-wielding officers in riot gear fired tear gas. The police say the youth shot himself with a hidden […]