The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in August 2007 in Durham, North Carolina by a multidisciplinary group, predominantly people of color, who believe that families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression.

Some of our current efforts include these interrelated issues:

    • Protecting minority voting rights and strengthening meaningful opportunities for effective civic participation for all.
    • Advancing environmental justice and advocacy supporting community-driven efforts.
    • Challenging racial discrimination at all stages of the criminal justice system and its impact on racial and ethnic minority communities.

Our Mission

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the south to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing and communications.

Our Vision

Communities will succeed in realizing their own goals and people will know from experience that they can make a difference on issues that matter to them.

Our Core Values

We are committed to:

  1. Representing economically disadvantaged communities of color who otherwise would not have legal representation.
  2. Having a concrete impact that moves us towards eliminating structural inequality.

Our Goals

We seek to:

  1. Provide the highest quality legal advice and representation to poor and minority communities engaged in social change efforts.
  2. Bring the best social science research (whether litigation or policy-related), communications strategies and community organizing skills to serve community priorities.
  3. Have substantive priorities that are community-determined.
  4. Build coalitions across community lawyering organizations in the South and between national organizations and local community groups.