Blog Posts: First Amendment

A Letter of Thanks to the UNC Center for Civil Rights from a Moral Monday Lawyer

The following letter was posted by Attorney Scott Holmes after speaking at a forum we hosted yesterday on the Moral Monday trials. Read his original post on his blog.


Dear Friends of Civil Rights,

Thank you for inviting me to come spend time with you at the UNC Center for Civil Rights to talk about our adventures representing Moral Monday protesters. It was such an honor and pleasure to return to the same room and the same halls were I began my journey as an attorney. Your energy and commitment keeps my fire for justice burning hot and bright. I had some thoughts about questions that were asked during the panel and wanted to share those thoughts and ideas with you.


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Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Thu. February 20, 2014 4:03 PM
Categories: Criminal Justice, First Amendment, Law Students, Race and the Law Series, Wake County

Al Corum, John Gresham speak on historic Free Speech claim against Appalachian State

Alvin Corum (L) and John Gresham (R)

Dr. Alvis Corum was a longtime tenured faculty member and the Dean of Learning Resources at Appalachian State University when he learned of a plan to relocate and split up the Appalachian Collection, a seminal collection of books, reports, music, and artifacts of the historic culture of the Southern Appalachian Region. When he protested, Dr. Corum was removed from his deanship and stripped of his administrative duties. Dr. Corum and his attorney John Gresham brought a successful free speech claim that resulted in a landmark civil rights ruling recognizing the right to bring claims directly under the North Carolina constitution.

The Center hosted Dr. Corum and Mr. Gresham for a "Race and the Law" event, where the spoke about the history of the case. Continue reading for a video of the talk.


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Fri. January 4, 2013 9:59 AM
Categories: Community Leaders, First Amendment, Race and the Law Series

Unconstitutional Anti-Lingering Ordinance Repealed

In late November, after months of engagement by day laborers and civil rights activists, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to repeal the town's unconstitutional anti-lingering ordinance. Purportedly adopted to target public alcohol consumption, littering and verbal harassment, the ordinance made it illegal to “stand, sit, recline, linger, or otherwise remain” in a small area of town where day laborers congregated to wait for work each day. No other part of the town was subject to this restriction.


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. December 14, 2011 3:35 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, First Amendment, Immigrants' Rights, Race Discrimination

"This Gathering Is Illegal" - CCR Joins Press Conference and Rally to Protest Carrboro's Anti-Lingering Ordinance

Center Attorneys joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, and other concerned citizens on the intersection of Jones Ferry and Davie road, where Town Code Section 5-20 makes it illegal to stand after 11:00 a.m.

Center Attorney Elizabeth Haddix addressed the crowd in English and Spanish, calling the ordinance a violation of both the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. Haddix said, "As others have already discussed, this ordinance violates the First Amendment. But it also has a overt and intentional racially discriminatory impact. The ordinance clearly targets the brown and black men who regularly meet here. That the ordinance language is racially neutral is no defense to its discriminatory impacts or its endorsement of negative racial stereotypes."


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Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Tue. October 25, 2011 4:00 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, First Amendment, Immigrants' Rights

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