Youth speak out to save Charlotte Social Justice group from closure

Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice one of several groups de-funded by Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE — Youth members and supporters of one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the Queen City are rallying to save the group from potential closure.

Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice staff (l-r): Lacey Williams, Marcela Guerrero, Thanh-Thu Luong, Setu Raval and Nyala Hunt.

The Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice (CCSJ), formerly an affiliate of the National Conference for Community and Justice, was among a half dozen non-profits that had 100 percent of their grants and other funding slashed by Mecklenburg County commissioners last month.

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Youth members, however, aren’t willing to go down without a fight. They’ve planned a press conference for Wednesday.

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“For over 65 years CCSJ, as one of Charlotte’s oldest non-profit organizations, has been an integral part of the Charlotte community championing diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion,” a Monday advisory read. “To advance its mission, CCSJ has focused on Charlotte youth, equipping them to be activists by fostering respect for difference and building leadership skills, confidence, and self-esteem. CCSJ youth council members have planned and organized this press conference to discuss the impact that the organization has had on their lives, in efforts to prevent its closure.”

The presser is slated for July 21. Stay tuned to qnotes for the latest.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.