social justice

Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act of 1965

By Allison Riggs, Southern Coalition for Social Justice Staff Attorney

Join us in Raleigh on Saturday, February 9th for HKonJ

Friends -- as the far right steamrolls over our state, it is more important than ever for us to show the world that not all of North Carolina is a reactionary backwater intent on living in the 1950's. This coming Saturday is a great opportunity to come together and take a stand: please, join Progress NC and many other groups (some posting here) as we support our brothers and sisters at the NAACP in this year's HKonJ march to the General Assembly. This is the year to show our strength! To join us, just show up at Shaw University in Raleigh on February 9th and look for the Progress NC banner. Trust us: you'll have a great time and you *will* feel your power. Complete flyer after the jump.

Law Enforcement, Advocates, and Legislators to gather to discuss syringe access, drug policy and overdose prevention

Event: Law Enforcement Safety & Drug Policy Summit

WHEN: June 12th, 2012

WHAT TIME IS THE EVENT: Registration starts at 8 am, and the event begins at 9 am and will go through Noon. A lunch will be served to registered guests after the summit.

WHERE: North Carolina Legislative Auditorium, 16 Jones Street, Raleigh, NC

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Law Enforcement, Legislators, Legislative, Support Staff, Public Health Officials, Lobbyists, Harm Reductionists, Drug Policy Reformers, Policy Reformers, People Who Work With Incarcerated Populations and the Substance Abuse Community

WHAT WILL BE COVERED: Law Enforcement Needlestick Reduction, Law Enforcement Safety around Drug Overdoses, Reducing Recidivism While Maintaining Public Order and Drug Policy Reform

WHO WILL BE PRESENTING: Law Enforcement Safety Experts, Law Enforcement, Drug Policy Experts and Republican & Democratic Legislators, and Conservative, Liberal & Moderate Policy Institutes

Rally in Raleigh on Thursday Feb 16th

In case you haven't heard, there is going to be a rally in Raleigh on Thursday Feb 16th at 11 AM in front of the General Assembly at 16 W. Jones Street as they come into their February session.

I've heard from different people a number of different reasons why they are going. Some will be there to protest. Some will be there to speak out against the amendment. Some will be there as watchdogs to let the General Assembly know that midnight sessions and other such behavior is unacceptable and incompatible with open and transparent public service.

For me, I see this as a chance to follow up with all the positive messages I heard at HKonJ, while the General Assembly is actually town. There was a lot of creativity and positivity with chants, songs, shirts, and signs at HKonJ, and I think they should get more than one use.

On collective responsibility vs individualism

As we are about to enter what's arguably the fifth year of our country's economic contraction, some observations on the possibly long-term effects on our society's character could prove helpful in the months to come. Strong forces will be trying to pull us this way or that as the election season progresses; if we're not careful, the really important issues will be swept aside and replaced by panem et circenses, and we will wake up (once again) a few months after the Election wondering what the hell happened to us.

Conference on Drug Use and Sex Work in the South

Conference: “Reducing Harm & Building Communities: Addressing Drug Use in the South”
September 8 & 9, 2011, RTI International, North Carolina

Key Discussion Areas Include:
*Southern Harm Reduction 101
*Harm Reduction approaches to crack use, injection drug use and sex work
*HIV and Hepatitis C in the South
*Social justice in the South
*Harm Reduction and law enforcement
*Overdose prevention overview and program implementation
*Implementing evidenced based programs
*Advocacy strategies for individuals and communities impacted by drug use
*Mental Health, Drug Use and Harm Reduction
*Combating stigma towards drug users
*Faith and Drug Use in the South
*Fundraising and grant writing to fund programs
*Human rights of drug users and sex workers in the South
*HIV Criminalization

RTI International
3040 East Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194
Date: September 8- 9, 2011

Register online at

Needed: A Modern-Day Prophet (Joshua Glasser and Michael D. Jones)

What makes a story timeless? Recent research suggests that every enduring story has a few common components. There needs to be a setting: agreed-upon facts or rules that provide context and set the scene. There must be a plot with a beginning, middle, and end, and a moral point that the audience finds compelling. Most of all, there have to be recognizable characters: a villain to cause trouble, a set of victims who suffer at the hands of the villain, and a hero (perhaps flawed in his or her own right) to step in and save the day.

Still waiting for justice, black farmers rally in North Carolina

Written by Sue Sturgis
Cross-posted from Facing South.

Black farmers gathered in a historic farming community in North Carolina over the weekend to draw attention to the continuing decline of black land ownership due to government policies -- including the ongoing failure by the Senate to fund a more than $1 billion race discrimination agreement.

Human Trafficking: Combating modern-day slavery on North Carolina farms

Agricultural production in North Carolina is 46 billion dollar industry which involves the fifth most farmworkers of any state (Legal Aid of NC). For tens of thousands of farmworkers, it’s an industry which remains seeped in extreme exploitation and, for some workers, modern-day slavery. The issue of human trafficking has become a point of action for the governments across the world, while here in North Carolina, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice is teaming up Student Action with Farmworkers Student Action with Farmworkers to build awareness about and to combat human trafficking on NC’s farms.

Why the 2010 Census Matters: Federal Funding and Voting Rights for Underrepresented Communities

The Constitution of the United States requires that every ten years that we have a count of every person and household in the US while recording certain information about each person, including questions about ethnicity, race, relation to other household occupants, and gender. The 2010 Census will be one of the largest civil projects in the history of the US, employing hundreds of thousands of census workers, all in attempt to make sure that everyone is counted.


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