Blog Posts: Allen K. Buansi

Allen K. Buansi

Inspirational "Leandro at 20" Anniversary Reminds Audience of Constitutional Obligation to Provide Sound Basic Education

From Left to Right: Melanie Dubis, Howard Lee, Robert Orr

From Left to Right: Melanie Dubis, Howard Lee, Robert Orr
On Friday, October 13, the Center for Civil Rights, Education Law & Policy Society, National Lawyers Guild and Black Law Students Association gathered community members, students and education advocates together for the “Leandro at 20: Two Decades in Pursuit of a Sound Basic Education” Conference. The conference commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Leandro v. State. This case established the fundamental right of all children to an opportunity to “a sound basic education” under the North Carolina Constitution.
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Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Wed. November 29, 2017 2:17 PM
Categories: Education, Leandro

October 24 Public Hearing Focuses on Environmental Justice Concerns in Proposed Rules

Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance
Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance

On October 24, CCR Attorney Fellow Allen Buansi delivered comment on the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s proposed Waste Not Discharged to Surface Waters rules (15A NCAC 02T) (“2T rules”), which expire in 2019. Importantly, these include rules governing animal waste management systems of CAFOs.


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Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Fri. October 27, 2017 2:55 PM
Categories: Environmental Justice

Rogers Road Remediation: A Promise Finally Fulfilled

Rev. Campbell speaks to a packed RENA Community Center at the Groundbreaking Ceremony.
Rev. Robert Campbell speaks to a packed RENA Community Center at the Groundbreaking Ceremony.
David Caldwell addresses the crowd at the Groundbreaking Ceremony.
Mr. David Caldwell addresses the crowd at the Groundbreaking Ceremony.
After a 45-year-long struggle, the Rogers-Eubanks community saw the promise of environmental justice at last fulfilled. On June 21, the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) Community Center hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of sewer infrastructure in Rogers-Eubanks, a 155-year-old, majority African American community in Orange County, NC.
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Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Fri. June 23, 2017 10:37 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Pitt County, Race Discrimination

NC Court of Appeals Rules Against Eugenics Claimants' Constitutional Claims

N.C.G.S. § 143B-426.52
N.C.G.S. § 143B-426.52

In a disappointing decision on June 6, the North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected the constitutional challenge brought by the heirs of three victims of the state’s eugenics program. In 2015, the Industrial Commission had denied their claims under the Eugenics Compensation Act because the victims had died before June 30, 2013.


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Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Thu. June 8, 2017 4:12 PM
Categories: Sterilization

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.
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.


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Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Mon. May 1, 2017 2:06 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing

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