Read More... (Center receives Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocate Award)
Lewis Dozier, the president of the Royal Oaks Concerned Citizens Association and the Center for Civil Rights, each awarded the Stella J. Adams Award.
On April 28th, the Center’s staff attended the 14th annual Fair Housing Conference organized by the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board, and the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Distinguished advocates discussed the rights and remedies available under the Fair Housing Act for victims of illegal discrimination, as well as reforms needed in the criminal background screening process for housing applicants. The Center’s Executive Director Ted Shaw gave a rousing keynote address. At the end of the conference, the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association and the UNC Center for Civil Rights were awarded the 2017 Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocate Award in recognition of their environmental justice advocacy on behalf of residents of Royal Oak, an African American community in Brunswick County. Read more about that advocacy here.
Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Mon. May 1, 2017 2:06 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing
This post was originally posted on the Progressive Pulse by Tazra Mitchell of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center at the N.C. Justice Center on Thursday, February 28, 2014.
Imagine living in a community that includes the most undesirable and hazardous amenities a place has to offer such as a waste transfer station, a sewage treatment plant, and several landfills. Now, imagine being represented by county officials who decide to provide water and sewer services to an animal shelter but not to the residents—who happen to be more than three-quarters African American. And, these facilities primarily serve the majority-white residents in adjacent communities. Unfortunately, the residents of Royal Oak in Brunswick County don’t have to imagine this; they face this reality every day.
Read More... (Environmental injustice in NC extends its unhealthy reach across North Carolina, especially in African American communities)
Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Wed. March 5, 2014 3:22 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Race Discrimination, Segregation
On February 12, 2014, the North Carolina Court of Appeals granted the Royal Oak plaintiffs' motion to dismiss Brunswick County's first appeal in Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) et al. v. Brunswick County. The decision means that the case will proceed to trial. ROCCA expressed great joy in this important victory. ROCCA and named plaintiffs Dennis McMillian, Curtis McMillian, and Mark Hardy are represented by the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Jack Holtzman of the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, and Ray Owens of Higgins & Owens, PLLC.
Read More... (NC Court of Appeals allows Brunswick County environmental justice case to proceed to trial)
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Wed. February 12, 2014 11:14 AM
Categories: Brunswick County
Center staff attorney Elizabeth Haddix will be arguing before the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) et al v. Brunswick County, an environmental justice lawsuit in which the Center represents the citizens of Royal Oak, a historically African American community that has hosted Brunswick County’s landfills and other unwanted land uses for the past 30 years.
Read More... (Center argues Brunswick County case at NC Court of Appeals)
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Wed. January 8, 2014 11:11 AM
Categories: Brunswick County
Since our last post, there have been several important rulings in Royal Oak Concerned Citizens et. al v. Brunswick County:
On September 13, 2012, Judge Thomas Lock denied Defendant’s Motions to Dismiss Mark Hardy and ROCCA's Complaints.
On November 14, 2012, the Court denied Defendant’s motion seeking to prohibit Plaintiffs from taking the depositions of a County Commissioner and the Assistant County Manager.
On January 18, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Motion to Compel Defendant to produce complete responses to a number of discovery requests, in part because Defendant had not produced an entire category of important documents: emails and other internal communications.
On February 18, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Motion to Compel the production of two more fact witnesses whom Defendant had refused to produce on the same “legislative immunity” grounds it had asserted last fall.
On February 28, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Motion in the Cause for Costs on grounds Defendant was in willful non-compliance with Judge Tally’s February 7, 2013 Order.
On March 5, 2013 , Judge Tally denied Defendant's motion seeking to prohibit Plaintiffs from deposing former County Commission Chair Bill Sue and County Manager Marty Lawing.
Finally, on March 8, 2013, Judge Thomas Lock will hear Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Superior Court in Smithfield, North Carolina.
Read More... (Update on Brunswick Environmental Justice Case)
Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Thu. March 7, 2013 2:50 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination