Mission Statement

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Camden Civil Rights Project stands for the proposition that all individuals deserve to be free from oppression and exploitation. We advocate freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom from physical, sexual or economic exploitation and a right to meaningfully participate in our own economic and political outcomes. We support the individual freedom to determine the course and destination of one’s own life, while recognizing the ethical responsibility not to violate the personal autonomy or self dignity of others in the process. We do not believe that any person’s claim to title, position, or wealth, entitles them to engage in predatory practices against the more vulnerable members of our society and we do not support a political or economic system designed to benefit a few at the expense of the many.

Our organization engages in legal and social activism to provoke thought and challenge the status quo in our pursuit of creating a more equitable system of governance. We seek greater transparency in government and an end to corrupt practices within our institutions of public service.

Our goal is to mount an aggressive legal strategy aimed at challenging the existing patronage system and the constitutionality of state and municipal practices designed to prevent the residents of Camden County from meaningfully participating in their own political process. We will require assistance in performing legal research and drafting pleadings, motions and briefs. Other needs include organizing voting and referendum signature drives. We must all participate in sounding the alarm bell to raise public awareness of the social injustices which affect the lives of those around us. Our hope is to establish a model of effective activism which can be implemented in other affected communities throughout the country.

If you share these ideals, please consider supporting us. If you live by these ideals, please consider joining us. None of us are as powerful as all of us.

– L. Christopher Skufca

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“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis