I attended the North Carolina Summit – Progress & Economic Justice in a Time of Crisis all day today at Carolina Law. It was a fantastic group of speakers and it was heartening to hear so many passionate, creative people confronting poverty issues in North Carolina. Rev. Dr. William Barber gave the keynote and was introduced by Timothy Tyson- both are compelling speakers. There was so much information in the panels I will be thinking over in the next few days.
I am pleased to report that many attendees were excited about R2J’s mission- that we’re headed in the right direction. As it is, we’re early in this unique venture but we’re optimistic. Yes, the economy is bad and it’s tough out there for everyone, not just nonprofits. However, that’s exactly why we need this sort of organization in the world.
Coalition-building, giving voices to those normally kept silent, legal education- we’re open for business!
Interested in the conference? Here’s some more information:
Here is a link to the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Update: here’s an article in the Independent about it:
Map of Warren County
We’re going to Warren County later this spring! We will be conducting significant outreach, clinics, and workshops. This website will function as a blog in that we will be posting updates, videos, and pictures of our travels.
Besides sharing our experiences on the road, you’ll also learn about the rural communities of North Carolina. I am personally excited about Warren County. The region has a rich history- though I think I could probably say that for many parts of the state. Here are some of the surprises I’ve found so far-
- Warren County is the site of an unsuccessful planned community called, “Soul City”, created by civil rights leader Floyd McKissick in the late 1960′s. It actually received federal funding and the intention was to be self-sustaining and self-contained- a sort of utopia. I’m curious to learn more.
- The Haliwa-Saponi host a powwow every April in Warren County. We plan on attending. The tribe is considered part of the Saponi. The Haliwa half of their name actual comes from the combination of Halifax County and Warren County where they reside.
- In July there is the Ridgeway Canteloupe Festival. Sounds delicious!
Roads to Justice is more than just legal education. We get a history lesson too!
We’re on our way! Our website is up and running. Here you can find our blog about issues affecting women in rural North Carolina, our activities, as well as opportunities to get involved.
Additionally, we will share stories about North Carolina history and culture. One of the more exciting aspects of our mission is that we get to see a lot of the Tarheel State! We can’t wait to share what we find.
This website will be THE place to watch our organization grow. Stay tuned!