Since its inception almost 75 years ago, the Council has been actively pursuing a platform of peace and social justice across the state. One of the founding issues for the Council in 1935 was opposition to segregation and support for racial justice; the Council has long supported the rights of vulnerable and excluded people. The Council worked for labor and housing protection for migrant farmworkers when many of them were African Americans traveling up and down the East Coast.
Our commitment to farmworkers has continued even as their demographics have changed to a primarily immigrant Latino population. This commitment is now growing to include the broader issues of immigration policy – a position that remains consistent with our founding principles since current immigrants (especially those who are not documented) are a significant population of vulnerable and excluded people. Chris Liu-Beers is our primary staff person working on immigrant rights.
The Council has helped to organize the NC Religious Coalition for Justice for Immigrants – a statewide, interfaith coalition of people of faith affirming hospitality over hostility when it comes our immigrant neighbors.