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: info@southerncoalition.org

 

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

elusivelyshani:

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.

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

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

I, too, am America

Clean Slate Clinic July 12, 2014

Have a criminal record? We may be able to help you clean it up, for free. Please help us spread the word!

imsoshive:

yaflash:

The news just broke… Walter Dean Myers has passed. In his lifetime, he wrote over 100 books, served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, won too many awards and honors to list, advised and inspired kids and young writers everywhere, and impacted thousands of lives. He was a lifelong proponent of diversity in children’s literature, and just a few months ago wrote an article that once again sparked the discussion.

Rest well, sir. You will be remembered always.

Beyond this, words fail me.

damn ….

15 Major Corporations You Never Knew Profited from Slavery - Atlanta Black Star

(Source: arcanethegreat)

DOCUMENTED watch party!

Durham friends - join with us on June 29 to watch Documented, and share your thoughts on what comes next to end the human rights crisis that is U.S. immigration policy.