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What We Do

Forward justice is a nonpartisan law, policy, and strategy center dedicated to advancing racial, social, and economic justice in the U.S. South.

We are organizers, lawyers, creatives, strategists and directly impacted people dedicated to ensuring that the ‘we’ in We the People is truly inclusive and representative of ALL Americans.

Our work catalyzes success for movements and expands democratic opportunities for people affected by injustice. The victories we achieve together accelerate national change.

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Here’s How We Do It

We serve as a strategic partner for nonprofit organizations, coalitions, and networks at the forefront of movements organizing for a more just, equitable, and free South.

Change laws, policies, and practices

The first reconstruction era in the US abolished slavery; the second advanced civil rights. We must now usher in the third reconstruction of America to ensure that liberty and justice for ALL is a tangible reality.

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Build a base of people and organizations

We work with people and organizations to protect existing systems that foster equity, rebuild systems that only work for a select few, and to create new policies and systems that fit our vision of a south that’s equitable for everyone.

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Shift narrative, culture, and values

We provide platforms and opportunities for directly impacted people to share their stories and speak truth to power to challenge and change narratives about the criminal legal system, poverty, racial injustice, and our right to access the ballot.

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Stories

FAQ for Voting with a Criminal Record in NC

Earlier this month, the court ruled that thousands of people on community supervision whose inability to pay fines and fees extended their probation and parole can now register to vote.

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Event: Voting is Power Unleashed! #MoralMonday Mass Assembly

Forward Justice is proud to partner with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and NAACP Legal Defense Fund for this evening of information and inspiration.

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Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Plaintiffs in the Community Success Initiative, et. al., v. Moore Case

Multiple amicus curiae briefs have been filed in support of Plaintiffs in the Community Success Initiative, et. al., v. Moore case in Wake County Superior Court, regarding the restoration of voting rights for individuals currently on probation or post-release supervision for a felony conviction in North Carolina.

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Amicus Briefs Filed In Support of NC NAACP in Photo Voter ID Case Appeal

On July 20, 2020, three amicus curiae briefs were filed in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees in N.C. NAACP v. Raymond, the photo voter ID appeal in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Case No. 20-1092).

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Stories from the Second Chance Alliance chapters

The official launch of the “Clean Slate Campaign” took place on May 7, 2019 at the bi- annual Second Chance Advocacy Day, which has occurred since 2011, and is anchored by Forward Justice, Community Success Initiative, North Carolina Justice Center and other Second Chance Alliance (SCA) members.

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Dontae’s Story

Dontae Sharpe, now Forward Justice R.I.S.E. Fellow, freed after serving 26 years in case of wrongful conviction.

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