Entries by Anita Earls

Federal Courts Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Plan as Unconstitutional Partisan Gerrymander

GREENSBORO, N.C.  – A federal three-judge panel for North Carolina’s Middle District has struck down North Carolina’s 2016 congressional plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.  That 2016 plan was developed after a federal court invalidated two congressional districts as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.  When the legislature purported to “remedy” that racial gerrymandered plan with an unabashed […]

Lee County NAACP Meets with School Superintendent

FORT MYERS, FL. – Representatives from the Lee County NAACP and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) met with Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins on December 6 to discuss racial equity concerns.   The NAACP filed a complaint against the school system with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights […]

Community Organizer Baqir Mujahid Honored at Second Chance Gala

New Bern, N.C. — Community Organizer Baqir Mujahid was recently recognized for his reentry and employment work at Wash Away Unemployment’s RESTORE: Second Chance Gala on Saturday, October 7. The late SCSJ Community Organizer, Umar Muhammad, was also posthumously recognized for all that he did for people directly impacted by racial and social injustice. Corey Purdie, […]

Community Groups Add to Civil Rights Complaint Against Lee County School System

FORT MYERS, F.L. – The Lee County NAACP submitted an amended civil rights complaint to the U.S. Department of Education last week, pointing out that students of color are drastically overrepresented in the school-to-prison pipeline as a result of the school district’s current disciplinary policies and are afforded fewer opportunities to succeed academically than their white […]

Reflecting on our 10th Anniversary Celebration

Durham, NC – On Friday, October 6, 2017, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice celebrated our 10th anniversary at the Cotton Room in Durham, NC. The evening was a tremendous success and an important milestone for SCSJ.  More than 200 people attended the event, and we enjoyed inspiring speeches and performances by Vanita Gupta, Erin Dale Byrd, Bree Newsome, Carly […]

SCSJ Launches Fair Chance Business Certification

Durham, N.C. — This week, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice launched the Fair Chance Business Certification. Similar to Living Wage certifications, this program celebrates businesses who are open to hiring people with criminal records. The major criteria for certification is “banning the box” — an approach of shifting questions about criminal records to later in […]

YJP Co-Director Graduates from National Juvenile Justice Fellowship

Durham, NC — Youth Justice Project Co-Director Ricky Watson Jr. recently graduated from the prestigious National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Leadership Institute. Watson is one of ten fellows chosen from all over the country for his commitment to youth justice in North Carolina. “Together, they learn about juvenile justice system structures and reform needs, effective […]

Youth Justice Project’s Statement regarding DACA

Durham, N.C. — The Youth Justice Project released the following statement on Facebook earlier today in response to the Trump administration’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: “Here at Youth Justice Project, we value dignity, community, and diversity as some of our nation’s greatest strengths. However, yesterday’s decision to end DACA […]

Announcing our 10th Anniversary Celebration

Durham, N.C. — The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is excited to announce our 10th Anniversary Celebration. The celebration and fundraiser will take place at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina on Friday, October 6 from 7-9:30 PM. There will be an afterparty from 9:30-11 PM. Our keynote speaker will be Vanita Gupta, President and […]