We change laws, policies and practices upholding racism and mass incarceration.
Forward Justice directly aids southern movement-building with legal and policy expertise and experience as strategic communicators and organizers rooted in the south. Our interdisciplinary team utilizes a panoply of tactics, including community education and organizing, coalition building, policy analysis, movement litigation and public education, to achieve racial and criminal justice legal and policy change.
Examples of how we’ve accomplished this:
In summer and fall of 2016, Forward Justice represented the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP in its historic win against racially discriminatory voting legislation before the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in NC NAACP v. McCrory and the U.S. Supreme Court. Because of Forward Justice’s movement centered litigation, the Court held that the North Carolina General Assembly “targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision” and “imposed cures for problems that did not exist.” Ultimately, the Court struck down North Carolina’s racially discriminatory voter ID and reinstated critical avenues for ballot access including: same-day registration during early voting, the safeguard of out-of-precinct voting on election day, pre-registration option for 16 and 17 year olds, and an additional week of early voting opportunities.