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.
Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Wed. March 5, 2014 3:22 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Race Discrimination, Segregation
On Tuesday January 21, the Raleigh City Council voted 7-1 to approve the Raleigh Housing Authority’s (RHA) plan to sell 60 units of subsidized low-income housing and turn them into “market-rate” homes. The homes are in Capitol Park, formerly Halifax Court, on the north side of downtown Raleigh. The homes were originally constructed about 15 years ago using money from a federal HOPE VI grant. The RHA plans to sell the 60 units for $300,000, a tiny fraction of their tax value of $8 million. The plan also calls for the loss of an additional 115 public housing units in diverse areas across Raleigh.
Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Fri. February 21, 2014 3:28 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination, Wake County
ElectriCities, the organization of North Carolina cites that are also electric utilities, announced recently that it is negotiating the sale of 32 eastern N.C. member cities’ ownership interest in four power plants to Duke Energy. These cities are the local power utility for many low-wealth and excluded communities across what’s commonly referred to as the “Black Belt” of eastern North Carolina. They are also home to the highest electricity rates in the state; many residents report paying more than $500 per month for electricity. In 2009, ElectriCities customers paid $240 million more than they would have if rates were the state average.
Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Thu. February 6, 2014 12:16 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion
Center attorneys Mark Dorosin and Bethan Eynon with community leader Gloria Hill after the Northwest Water Supply Inc. annual members meeting.
In 2013, residents of rural Hoke County, North Carolina reached out to the Center for assistance in addressing their concerns about water quality, access to sewer service, and the administration of the local water utility, Northwest Water Supply, Inc. On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, following a series of meetings and energized grassroots organizing, the residents elected three dedicated community advocates to the nonprofit’s Board of Directors.
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Tue. January 28, 2014 2:45 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion
The Center was well-represented at Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Chapel Hill and Southport, North Carolina on January 20, 2014. Managing Staff Attorney Mark Dorosin was the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s historic celebration at First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill following a march down Franklin Street. Read Mark’s speech. Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Haddix was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Roundtable Breakfast program sponsored by the Brunswick County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport. Read Elizabeth’s speech
Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Thu. January 23, 2014 10:53 AM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Community Leaders, Education, Orange County, Race Discrimination, Segregation
Monday, December 2, 2013, the Halifax Board of County Commissioners voted to
approve a settlement to resolve an ongoing lawsuit with the residents of the
Brandy Creek. Gary et al. v. Halifax
County, was scheduled to go to trial in January. The settlement is a
milestone in the residents’ struggle for justice following the failed plans to
develop the Carolina Crossroads entertainment district and the Roanoke Rapids
Theater in their neighborhood. The community was represented by the UNC Center
for Civil Rights and Halifax County attorney Bettina Roberts-Flood.
Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Wed. December 11, 2013 12:01 PM
Categories: Annexation, Community Inclusion, Halifax County, Halifax Taxes
Powerful new study reveals the depths of segregation in NC and the need for intentional action to address it
Sometimes, it’s hard to say what divides North Carolinians more: race or what to do about race. A new and powerful report by some data wonks at the University of North Carolina helps to shine a light on both of these divisions. The report is entitled “The State of Exclusion: An Empirical Analysis of the Legacy of Segregated Communities in North Carolina” and the portrait it paints is not an especially encouraging one.
A team led by researcher Peter Gilbert examined hundreds of “census blocks” and population “clusters” throughout the state in an attempt to explore and explain some of the key aspects of North Carolina’s readily-evident residential segregation by race:
Where does it exist? Why does it exist? What are its impacts?
What they found shouldn’t surprise us, but it should serve as a wake-up call to all North Carolinians of good will. The three-pronged message:
- Despite decades of important progress, North Carolina remains intensely segregated in many, many areas.
- This segregation produces significant and measurable negative consequences.
- Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.
Read the executive summary of the report.
This post was re-posted from
NC Policy Watch. - It was written by Rob Schofield
| Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Wed. September 18, 2013 10:14 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Education, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Segregation, Voting Rights
Each year, the Center hosts law student interns for the summer, fall, and spring semesters, as part of its mission to train the next generation of civil rights lawyers. This blog post is part of the Next Generation Series, which include reflections from our interns on their assigned casework.
Read more about our current and past interns.
The historic Rogers-Eubanks community claimed a long overdue victory when the Orange County Landfill closed on Saturday, June 29, 2013, forty-one years after it opened. With a slow click of the master lock held by three community members – David Caldwell, Gertrude Nunn and the Reverend Robert Campbell – the landfill gates were secured.
Rogers-Eubanks community members prepare to lock the landfill gates. The signs they hold read, "Thanks Orange County for Closing This Landfill, Let's Keep It Closed Forever. Reject NC Senate Bill 328."
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Wed. July 10, 2013 4:36 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Next Generation Series, Orange County