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
Senate Bill 328 seeks to remove the requirement that the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) consider the cumulative impact of solid waste facilities on minority or low-income communities in determining whether to issue a permit for those facilities. The bill is currently in the Senate and quickly making its way through the legislative process, and is the latest in a series of proposed legislation this session which seek to repeal or narrow statutes enacted to prevent the perpetuation of racial discrimination.
Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Mon. June 10, 2013 12:12 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Race Discrimination
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.
Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Thu. March 7, 2013 2:50 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination
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
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