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. Contact us at:


Agreement reached after environmental justice complaint

Ever wonder why landfills, toxic waste facilities, etc are sited in communities of color so often? Our Environmental Justice program aims to help, one community at a time.

People Change: Why Clean Slate Matters

Assisting formerly incarcerated people to get a second chance at life. Here’s why it’s important.

Clean Slate Clinic July 12, 2014

Is a criminal record holding you back from employment, housing, or other basic needs? Come to our free Clean Slate clinic in Durham, NC on July 12 to get help “cleaning up” a criminal record. Free & open to the public.

Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration

Our process of voting restoration—how we determine who has the right to vote, how difficult we make the process of restoration, how we inform citizens about their rights, etc.—reflects the extent to which we value the voices, citizenship, and humanity of previously convicted individuals.

Poverty and racism, etc. are not poorly designed systems. They are systems working exactly as they were designed. In order for rich people to continue to amass wealth, poverty has to exist. In order for white people to have racial privilege in the US, slavery had to happen, genocide of indigenous people had to happen, and the exploitation of all people of color had to happen (and has to continue).

Poverty and racism exist to serve those in power, and ultimately, as long as we are taking our cues (and capital) for from those in power, we aren’t changing a thing. For example: if your vision is to create a social venture that provides a product to ‘the bottom billion’ and not to, say, eradicate slavery, wage slavery, and other worker exploitation that keeps the bottom billion at the bottom, then ultimately you’re not designing to resist poverty. You’re designing very well-thought-out bandaids.

I, Too By: Langston Hughes


I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,…
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America

(Source: lesbianesetrini)