On July 29, 2013 SCSJ staff attorney Allison Riggs appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show to discuss proposed voter suppression measures in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. Below is Allison’s interview with guest host Melissa Harris Perry. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Please help fund SCSJ’s voting […]
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Parents in lawsuit say Robeson County charter school’s enrollment plan was unfair By Ali Rockett Staff writer LUMBERTON – Parents who say they were unable to enroll their children in Robeson County’s newest charter school have filed a complaint with the state Office of Charter Schools. Durham-based Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed the complaint […]
It has been a busy week for Voting Rights. On July 22, 2013 SCSJ and partner agencies including the North Carolina NAACP announced plans to appeal a state court ruling that allows racially gerrymandered voting districts. On the same day, SCSJ Executive Director Anita Earls spoke about the importance of both court challenges and […]
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Full Story TPMDC Will Texas’ History Of Intentional Race Discrimination Come Back To Haunt It? Sahil Kapur July 9, 2013, 7:19 AM Texas is on the front lines of an important test case about whether a centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act can be salvaged after the Supreme Court struck at the heart of […]
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice represented several statewide nonpartisan groups seeking to overturn racially packed voting districts in North Carolina through a series of cases known as Dickson v. Rucho and NAACP v. NC. On July 8, 2013, a three-judge panel in North Carolina state court unanimously rejected all challenges to the 2011 redistricting plans for […]
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County ruling, SCSJ has been a popular source for expertise on the Voting Rights Act. Below is a sampling of our media coverage, ranging from Executive Director Anita Earls’ appearance on WRAL’s On the Record to interviews with SCSJ staff attorneys in the LA Times and […]
On June 4, 2013 SCSJ staff attorney Daryl Atkinson appeared on WNCN 17 News to talk about the racially disproportionate nature of marijuana arrests in North Carolina. This interview was brought about by a new ACLU report on the racially disparate use of marijuana arrests and convictions throughout the U.S. WNCN: News, Weather for Raleigh. […]
SCSJ staff attorney, Allison Riggs is taking the lead representing the Florida NAACP in a heated redistricting battle over senate districts 9 (Duval County) and 31 (Broward County). Earlier this year the state Supreme Court invalidated the first redrawn senate plan and the senate was forced to try again. Now that the new plans have been proposed, Riggs and her co-counsel are arguing that the plans diminish the ability of African Americans in those districts to elect candidates of their choice and are in violation to the state’s constitutional amendment to protect minority voting rights. Riggs says, “Our issue is that we are arguing that they really haven’t looked at racially polarized voting. They have looked at some election data but it is not sufficient. We are going to argue in front of the Florida Supreme Court that no one is taking into proper account what is necessary for black voters or any voters of color.”
A three judge panel arguments challenging the legality of Voting District Maps drawn last year by the Republican -controlled legislature.
Members of Raleigh’s Buen Pastor Church are fighting and praying to stop the deportation of twenty-six of its congregants. The church group was travelling together back to North Carolina after attending a religious retreat when Customs & Border Protection (CBP) pulled over three church vans in Louisiana.
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SCSJ Executive Director Anita Earls speaks on a panel about the role of race in the drawing of congressional and state legislative districts after the 2010 Census
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“Building Real ‘Secure Communities’: Addressing the Effects of Local/Federal Cooperation in Immigration Enforcement” is a training initiative designed to equip community-based organizations in the Triangle with the skills necessary to systematically collect data documenting abuses of human rights abuses occurring under ICE ACCESS programs. The Triangle CF helped the Southern Coalition for Social Justice train these groups so the data could be shared with policy and legal advocates in order to effectively engage in public policy debate about local enforcement of immigration law.
SCSJ’s Becky Jaffe explains the concept of heirs’ property and discusses the importance of land ownership in communities.
Samuel will soon be deported after living in the US for thirteen years. He will leave behind his wife, three children, and two grandchildren, and with unanswered questions about the death of his son, shot by police in Durham in 2007.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the National Immigrant Bond Fund are fighting for dignity and due process in North Carolina.
On January 1, 2010, Juan, Carlos, Felipe and Gaby embarked on a 1,500 mile walk from Miami to Washington, D.C. These students are facing much more than sore feet; three of them are undocumented, and they risk deportation and detention in order to share their story and raise awareness about the need for just immigration reform.
Trail of Dreams is a journey of hope for the 12 million undocumented migrants in the United States who live in constant fear, and especially for the students who dream of higher education but are barred from attending college or accessing financial aid because of their citizenship status.
In this video, the dreamers spoke with the head of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement at a secret detention facility they found in Cary and gave him a poster with a picture of the Statue of Liberty and the words “No Human Being is Illegal.”
The Wake County School Board voted 5-4 to dismantle the county’s nationally acclaimed diversity policy despite heated opposition.