On December 18, Managing Attorney Mark Dorosin submitted a letter
to Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board regarding the upcoming 2012-2013
student reassignment plan.
"Racial or socio-economic isolation is a known barrier to securing the prerequisites
to a quality education . . . Moreover, the idea of “community schools” not
only ignores the continuing legacy of residential racial and socio-economic
segregation in housing opportunities, but also takes a shortsighted and narrow
view of what constitutes a community."
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. December 19, 2012 8:11 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Education, Fair Housing, Orange County, Race Discrimination, Segregation
Rogers Road citizens rally for their community
The Center for Civil Rights continues to advocate for the
Rogers Road Neighborhood, a 150-year-old, majority African American community
divided between Chapel Hill and Carrboro that has hosted Orange County’s landfills
for over 40 years.
In 1972, the county sited an unlined landfill near the
community upon a promise to residents that it would close the landfill within
10 years. In 1982, the county instead extended
the life of the landfill and has since expanded it to include two municipal
waste landfills, two construction and demolition debris landfills, a leachate pond, a hazardous
waste collection site, a materials recovery facility, facilities for mulching
yard and clean wood waste, and facilities for managing scrap tires, old
appliances, scrap metal, and salvaged construction materials.
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Mon. December 3, 2012 2:14 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Orange County, Race Discrimination, Segregation
UNC Pro Bono Students Dan Hemme and Nate Creger at Pitt County Election Protection Presentation
for Civil Rights attorneys and UNC Law Pro Bono Students have continued to
present voter education programs in communities across the state. These non-partisan public education and
information presentations are part of Center’s participation in the national Election
In addition to
this community outreach, the Center will again be coordinating the North
Carolina call center for the Election Protection Hotline on Election Day, November
6. Voters anywhere in the state can call
1.866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683) or 1.888.VE.Y.VOTA (888.839.8682) with questions
about their rights and the voting process. Trained UNC Law students and
faculty, with other community volunteers, will be available to answer voter
questions and document and address voting problems or irregularities.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Fri. November 2, 2012 11:16 AM
Categories: Pro Bono, Voting Rights
CCR attorneys Mark Dorosin and
Elizabeth Haddix, and UNC School of Law Dean Jack Boger, together with
the Office of University Counsel filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case on October 10, and a ruling is expected next spring.
Constitution Day, September 17, Center attorneys Dorosin and Haddix,
Center Deputy Director Charles Daye, and Dean Boger joined Steve Farmer,
UNC Vice Provost for Admissions, on a panel at UNC Law School to
discuss Fisher v. Texas and the continuing need for
race-conscious and diversity-promoting higher education admission policies. Steve Farmer also
wrote an op-ed that was published in The Hill on October 8, entitled Fisher v. Texas: It's wrong to curb diversity.
Watch the video of the panel:
Fisher v. University of Texas, Constitution Day 2012 Discussion from UNC School of Law on Vimeo.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Wed. October 17, 2012 2:45 PM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Education, Race and the Law Series
Center Attorney-Fellow Bethan Eynon and UNC Law Students Kevin Delaney, Ernest Washington after making a Voter Education presentation at the Durham NAACP
The Center for Civil Rights has launched a pre-election voter education outreach program
with the goal of ensuring that every eligible voter is able to
meaningfully exercise the right to cast a ballot on Election Day.
Through September and October, law students and Center attorneys will
travel throughout Central and Eastern North Carolina to host voter
education programs. These 30-minute presentations will focus on several common voting rights
issues, including registration, early voting, absentee ballots,
residency requirements, provisional ballots, campaign activities at the
polls, voter identification laws, redistricting, access to and
assistance at the polling place, and how criminal history affects the
right to vote.
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Fri. September 28, 2012 2:48 PM
Categories: Law Students, Pro Bono, Voting Rights
Education advocates gather in Halifax, NC to mark the one-year anniversary of the Center's report and the county's renewed struggle for education equity
This summer marked the one-year anniversary of the UNC
Center for Civil Rights’ report, “Unless Our Children Begin to Learn Together: The State of Education in Halifax County.” To commemorate this milestone, education advocates in the community held
a press conference at the Old Halifax County Courthouse, where the report was
first presented, to review what had been accomplished in the year and the
challenges that remain to bring high-quality, equitable education to Halifax
At the press conference, CEES Vice President Gary
Grant, speaking on behalf of the Coalition, called upon county and
elected officials, parents, teachers, and students to continue the
equity: “We bear witness to the fact
that the problems of poor and barely mediocre student performance at the
public school systems has not been addressed. Nor has the root cause,
the continuing extreme racial segregation among the three school
Halifax County. The quality of education
has been undermined on a county-wide basis for much too long at too
cost to too many of our children.”
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Mon. September 17, 2012 4:17 PM
Categories: Community Leaders, Education, Halifax County, Leandro, Race Discrimination, Segregation
The first month of my first year in law school, the Center held an interest meeting for students about the Wills Project, where even first semester law students were encouraged to write advanced directives for low-income clients. I had found law school to be dry and passionless, and saw this as an opportunity to take the sort of social justice action that I had envisioned when I applied to law school.
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Tue. September 4, 2012 10:32 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion
Wake County’s first week of school has been an overwhelming fiasco. Despite the administration’s repeated protestations to the contrary, the root of the school opening debacle is the school board’s insistence on adopting a student assignment plan so focused on eliminating diversity that other important values were eliminated too: transparency, community engagement, attention to legitimate public concerns, and efficient resource management. Subverting these core values to prioritize so-called “neighborhood schools” and “choice” has left Wake County students behind.
Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Fri. August 31, 2012 9:35 AM
Categories: Education, Race Discrimination, Wake County
Land Value Increases in Brandy Creek
Residents of the Brandy Creek and Wallace Fork Road Community have opened the newest chapter in their struggle for justice against the harms caused by the failed plan to develop Carolina Crossroads entertainment district and the Roanoke Rapids Theater in their neighborhood. Residents of the community filed a lawsuit today in Halifax County Superior Court against the county, the City of Roanoke Rapids, and Weldon City Schools seeking a refund of illegally inflated property taxes collected in 2007, 2008 and 2009. After the 2007 property revaluation, their land values and property taxes went up an average of over 800%, and as high as 1400%, an intense hardship which decimated the community.
Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Fri. August 24, 2012 3:57 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Halifax County, Halifax Taxes