Resources for many issues
North Carolina Justice Center: This statewide nonprofit is a valuable resource on almost any social justice issue. Going to their website, you will be able to connect to some of the most valuable and up-to-date information relevant to your area of interest. Here is a link to their Budget and Tax Center’s 2018 Economic Snapshots by county. Just hit the link for the county of interest.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a “nonpartisan research and policy institute. [They] pursue federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. [They] apply [their] deep expertise in budget and tax issues and in programs and policies that help low-income people, in order to help inform debates and achieve better policy outcomes.”
NC211 is a health and human service referral line available 24/7. It is free, confidential and can be accessed by dialing 211 or visiting this link. There are two call centers serving all of North Carolina – one in Asheville, the other in Durham.
5Calls. This website is handy for anyone interested in social justice issues that are coming up in the US House and Senate. The left hand column of the homepage lists various issues, and by clicking on any of the issues listed, it will give you information about the legislation, a sample script and the phone number of your House or Senate member. You can adjust the address and/or zipcode listed to ensure you are connecting to the appropriate legislator.
The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform is “a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting good-government policies that level the playing field for the citizens of North Carolina”. At this time, their three lead issues are redistricting reform, lobbying and ethics, and an open and fair legislative process.
WNC Nonprofit Pathways supports “nonprofit organizations that form the backbone of communities across the mountains of Western North Carolina. [They] are here to help organization become stronger and sustainable so [they] can fulfill [their] mission.”
Community Conflict Solutions (CCS) supports several organizations and causes in the community. The Youth Advocacy Mission of CCS is “Advocating for Equity and Accountability in Communities by Supporting Youth and Families.” This time is 100% funded by the business-side of CCS. This is in line with the values of Deep Accountability and is a part of the CCS mission for “Discovering Satisfying Lives through Mutual Understanding.” They partner with agencies that are in line with this mission and, therefore, are honored to support partner agencies at no cost. If you’d like to learn more or are interested in partnering, contact Diana Manee-Buskirk at Diana@communityconflictsolutions.com.
Youth Empowered Solutions (YES) is a statewide organization that has as its goal to empower youth and create community change through the lens of social justice by applying an explicit racial equity framework. They embrace the responsibility to work towards organizational and societal change in service to creating more equitable, thriving communities for all through the application of the YES! Youth Empowerment Model®. To get involved contact Gabby Fricke, Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Days of Advocacy. This Facebook page states “[t]his group [i]s a place to inspire, share ideas, keep us motivated, and share ..what we are doing in order to advocate for those issues we hold near and dear to our hearts. This is a place to take a stand, help each other keep an eye on the issues and what is going on in our local, state and national government…Just support and a sharing of ideas and information.”
Asheville Community Rights Movement. This Facebook page states, “[t]he Community Rights Movement is dismantling corporate rule, putting people and planets over profits. The current law sees nature as property from which resources should be extracted in pursuit of endless growth and gives corporations the privilege of “personhood” and rights. The Community Bill of Rights is paradigm shifting local level legislation that asserts our rights for local self-governance over those of for-profit corporations.”
Indivisible Asheville has a website that connects people to information, events and groups that are working on social justice issues. You can sign up to get informational emails.
Allies covering several issues
Pisgah Legal Services addresses social justice on many levels. Some of those are listed below by issue, but the website notes individual and some system advocacy efforts around homelessness, health care, disability and senior rights to age in place, child care resources, and protecting those who have been or could be abused.
Get involved: Contact Michelle Spiegel at email@example.com or call (828) 210-3773.
Jubilee Social Justice Team. This faith community is engaged in all the issues listed in this online guide. The link is their Facebook page which gives all team “members” and others interested the opportunity to review and post items of interest. Any relevant social justice event, action to take or informational item are encouraged.
Get involved: If interested, contact Ron Katz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 768-4559.
Carolina Jews for Justice is a statewide organization that has several regional chapters. They are committed “to creating a just, fair and compassionate North Carolina”. The Asheville/WNC chapter focuses on voting rights, economic justice, and inclusivity, with the latter addressing race and racism, religious rights (including anti-semitism and Islamophobia), immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights.
Elders Fierce for Justice has three program priorities: racial justice, climate justice and justice for children. It has pursued initiatives in these areas (e.g., a job development initiative for low income African Americans in Asheville and long time service on the Racial Justice Coalition which seeks to improve relationships between the police and communities of color). It also serves as a venue for elders in WNC to discuss what it means to be an elder seeking social and environmental justice.
Get involved: Contact Steve Kaagan at email@example.com or call (517) 980-6426
The North Carolina Council of Churches, founded in 1935, is a statewide, ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society. The Council is made up of 18 denominations, inclusive of more than 6,200 congregations. Their current program areas are: Immigrant Rights, NC Interfaith Power and Light, and Partners in Health and Wellness. Their current priority areas are: Christian unity through a racial equity lens, gun violence prevention, opioid crisis, and public education. Based in Raleigh, they have regional offices throughout the state. For several of their initiatives, you will see them represented in their respective issue areas.
Get Involved: The western regional contact is Karen Richardson Dunn. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina (Forward Together) is a statewide, faith-based nonprofit that works to “give life the shape of justice” by supporting the social justice work of Unitarian Universalist congregations in North Carolina, building relationships with other faith-based and secular social justice organizations across the state, and engaging in witness, advocacy, action, and citizen lobbying with respect to a broad range of issues including poverty, immigration, health care, gun violence, civil rights, LGBTQ, and voting rights.
Get involved: Local contact is Laurel Amabile at email@example.com or call (207) 239-7162