North Carolina has the best election law in the country. It protects access and security. It already keeps them in balance. One of the key features of our law is voter attestation with a felony penalty for lying, which came to pass in 2003 as a bipartisan compromise. Rep. Mickey Micheaux (D) of Durham and Rep. Paul Stam (R) of Apex sponsored the bipartisan legislation with this provision. It says voters have to attest who they are by signing their name when they vote, and there's a felony charge against them if they lie. This simple procedure works. It has been working for a decade. It is not broken.
It is a shameful display of constitutional hypocrisy that this Republican-led legislature or anyone would now try to introduce a New Poll Tax, disguised as a Voter ID, into the veins of NC electoral politics that could effectively disenfranchise over 600,000 North Carolinians of all races, ages, and economic backgrounds, but especially the poor and working poor.
We have had elections for 237 years in NC without a so-called Voter Photo ID - 237 years! Only after the massive turnout of African Americans, Latinos, progressives, whites, students and the elderly - fundamentally changing the electorate here in the South - did the false witness and distortion about fraud begin and the cry for voter poll tax disguised as Voter ID. It is as though those of you pushing this bill are scared of true democracy and scared that your narrow agenda might not get a good hearing in a public square filled with all people.
For the last election cycles since 2004, NC has had the greatest increase in voter participation in the nation. We are a leader! Just last year 70% of African Americans and a record number of Latinos voted, the second highest number of North Carolinians and large numbers of students. But this heterogeneous growth in the electorate must frighten some people and some in this room.
Now, after 237 years you once again want to change the rules because you don't like the potential outcome of the game? This is hypocritical and undemocratic and shameful considering the ugly history of the South. But we know and will fight undemocratic ideals when we see them.
The New Poll Tax Disguised as Voter ID wants to require people without driver's licenses (mainly poor, elderly, and disabled people without cars) to obtain a photo ID. The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits a state from abridging a citizen's right to vote by requiring "any poll tax or other tax" to be qualified to vote.
Experts estimate car-less people would need to spend between $50 to $150 for transportation, time, waiting in line, and gathering related documentation such as a birth certificate. If they want to plead they are too poor, then they have to find a ride to another government office and swear or affirm they are poor. And even if just one or two percentage points of North Carolinians are kept from voting it can fundamentally change the political representation of our state. Requiring voters to show a voter ID would hurt thousands of registered voters in NC who have voted for years but don't have a photo ID. These loyal citizens are disproportionately people of color, seniors, and women who changed their name.
When Gov. Perdue vetoed your New Poll Tax bill twice - in 2011 and 2012 - she said plainly: "This bill will unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters. There was a time in North Carolina history when the right to vote was enjoyed only by some citizens rather than by all. That time is past, and we should not revisit it." Her reasoning still holds.
Truth is, the fact that we are even having this debate says that we find ourselves at another Edmund Pettus Bridge today in North Carolina. This time, on our long march to a more democratic, more diverse and more humane society, those of us who picked up the baton from Viola Liuzzo, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner and the hundreds who died to win the vote and the Voting Rights Act, are facing new barricades trying to block the way to a more perfect union. These barricades include poll taxes disguised as Voter ID, race-based gerrymandering, plans to roll back Early Voting, Same-Day Registration, Sunday voting and attacks on the Voting Rights Act. This is what hypocrisy looks like. The multi-racial, re-emerging Southern Freedom Movement in North Carolina is what democracy looks like.
So we are here today to say don't try to fix it. Don't make it softer or slicker. This New Voter Poll Tax disguised as Voter ID is wrong, unnecessary and unconstitutional. Even the NC Constitution that you swore to uphold says: All elections shall be free (Article I Section 10 of the NC State Constitution).
And since you swore on a Bible, I remind you of the words of prophet Isaiah and lift them here today:
Isaiah 10: 1-3 Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?
And furthermore we do not fall for "We need ID for prescription drugs, to use a credit card, and to fly on a plane, so why not to vote?" Voting is a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. Those are privileges. We as a nation don't provide constitutional rights based on false analysis, polls, or popular thinking. Constitutional rights are given to keep the majority form exercising tyranny over the minority. And they are non-negotiable.
The continued reference to so-called voter fraud is a fraudulent practice in itself. And it is dangerous. There is no factual evidence. None. In fact, empirical evidence says just the opposite - that fraud is not an issue
In order for the Republican Party to keep saying elections are fraudulent now is to indict your own success and suggest that you won the majority through illegal practices. Furthermore, the accusations of fraud are fraudulent itself.
Finally, let me say that the misinformation you are feeding the public by leading our state down this path is dangerous, literally dangerous.
Your constant false assertion that elections recently have been filled with fraud or even that we must protect against fraud, as though we don't already do that, feeds a crazy conspiracy theory. It feeds a crazy conspiracy that claims recent candidates like our President of these United States and others who serve in office, that use to be historically limited to white people, are there because of fraud and cheating. The more you push the lie of fraud you spawn the life of these crazy unfounded theories and incite unstable people.
After many of you attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Washington in D.C. on August 24th, we will return to North Carolina and rally in our home state on August 28th, the actual 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. We will heed Dr. King's call at the end of his "I Have a Dream" speech to go home and organize! We will hold 13 simultaneous rallies across the state to bring to light the unconstitutional and immoral acts of the NC General Assembly and the influence their decisions...
NC NAACP 24 Aug 2013 Hits:372 North Carolina
While North Carolina lawmakers have adjourned for the year, the Moral Monday movement marches on, with plans underway to hold rallies across the state this month protesting the legislature's far-right turn.
This coming Monday, Aug. 19, a Charlotte Moral Monday demonstration will take place in the Queen City's Marshall Park, while Coastal Moral Monday will come to the Outer Banks town of Manteo. The gatherings follow the Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday rally in the city of Asheville that drew at least 5,000 people. Also on Aug. 19, some supporters of...
Sue Sturgin | Facing South 18 Aug 2013 Hits:520 North Carolina
Today the NC NAACP filed a complaint against the Governor of North Carolina in Middle District Federal Court. The legal challenge is filed by the North Carolina NAACP; North Carolina attorneys Adam Stein and Irving Joyner; Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization; and the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and charges that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in one of the language minority groups. The suit also challenges the...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | North Carolina NAACP 12 Aug 2013 Hits:486 North Carolina
Corporate education forces are on a destructive march throughout the U.S. While busting teachers' unions has been long been an initiative of the GOP and Christian Right, it’s also on the agendas of urban mayors like Chicago Democrat Rahm Emmanuel and New York City independent Michael Bloomberg. And it’s a large component of the regressive agenda that has sparked mass popular uprisings in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.
Enter the notoriously right-wing North Carolina General Assembly. The NCGA has been on the warpath since 2010, when the Tea Party took the...
Kristin Rawls | AlterNet 06 Aug 2013 Hits:1739 North Carolina
The NC NAACP has over 24,000 members in over 100 Branches across the State. Julius Chambers, who died Friday night, must have represented hundreds of them, knew thousands of them, and changed the lives of all of them by his steadfast life of justice.
Today the NC NAACP stops for a moment, after 13 Moral Mondays, with tens of thousands of people standing up for the Chambers' vision of black and white together, and over 930 of us arrested for exercising our constitutional rights that Atty. Chambers fought so hard to...
Rev. Dr. William Barber | NAACP 04 Aug 2013 Hits:314 North Carolina
Demonstrators flocked to the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. on Monday, turning the 13th consecutive weekly gathering into what authorities called the largest protest yet.
This week's Moral Monday rally against the state GOP agenda came three days after lawmakers left the Capitol for the summer. Without official legislative business, the rally led to little police activity against the type of civil disobedience that has resulted in more than 900 arrests over the past three months. But that didn't stop thousands of protesters from joining together to oppose a number of...
Nick Wing | Huffington Post 02 Aug 2013 Hits:318 North Carolina
This legislation, rammed through at the last minute of the session, is elitist politics at its worst - political bullies looking out for their own narrow interests. We hope that other Senators and House members will bring the legislators to their senses and stop this legislative madness.
Here's a quick summary of the awful scope of the newly proposed version of HB-589:
No more pre-registration for 16 & 17 year olds
Eliminates same day voter registration
Voter can be challenged by any registered voter of the county rather than precinct
Slices a week off Early...
24 Jul 2013 Hits:320 North Carolina
Poll worker stickers to a tabletop on election day on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
This week, the North Carolina legislature will almost certainly pass a strict new voter ID law that could disenfranchise 318,000 registered voters who don’t have the narrow forms of accepted state-issued ID. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bill has since been amended by Republicans to include a slew of appalling voter suppression measures. They include cutting a week of early voting, ending same-day registration during the early voting period and making it...
Ari Berman | The Nation Magazine 23 Jul 2013 Hits:375 North Carolina
The House intellectual property subcommittee is preparing to undertake a massive examination — and quite possibly, revision — of the nation’s copyright laws just as the panel’s top Democrat may be headed for the exit.
President Barack Obama has tapped Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) as his nominee to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. While the IP subcommittee ranking member has a long way to go before Senate confirmation, his nomination raises the possibility of a Democratic leadership shuffle. The move would reopen all of the panel’s leadership slots, with members...
Alex Byers | Politico 19 Jul 2013 Hits:323 North Carolina
Something profoundly awful has seeped into the top strata of American society: Our nation’s corporate and political elites have developed immunity to shame.
If ignorance is bliss, Governor McCrory must be ecstatic.
It has become morally acceptable for those in lofty circles to enrich themselves while turning their backs on the rest of us
Even more damning, the power elites now feel ethically free to slash America’s tattered safety net, leaving more holes than net for the workaday majority of Americans who’ve been knocked down by the ongoing economic disaster created by these...
Jim Hightower | Other Words 10 Jul 2013 Hits:646 North Carolina
This week, a three-judge panel in North Carolina voted to preserve the 2011 GOP-drawn redistricting plans that civil rights and voter groups say are racially gerrymandered.
"It is the ultimate holding of this trial court that the redistricting plans enacted by the General Assembly in 2011 must be upheld and that the Enacted Plans do not impair the constitutional rights of the citizens of North Carolina as those rights are defined by law," reads the judges' ruling.
What does this mean for voters of color and citizens of North Carolina?
Well, challenging the...
Brentin Mock | Facing South 10 Jul 2013 Hits:359 North Carolina
The popular movement in North Carolina led by the state's NAACP chapter and marked each week with civil disobedience actions known as 'Moral Monday' protests swelled to their largest number yesterday, with organizers saying that as many as five thousand people marched outside the North Carolina State Legislative Building in Raleigh. Later, nearly 120 were arrested after refusing orders to disperse by police.
The latest arrests bring the total number to over 600 in the eight weeks since the protest movement began and occurred as those arrested in the first wave...
Jon Qually | Common Dreams 25 Jun 2013 Hits:806 North Carolina
Movement gathers around 'Moral Monday' protests aimed at fighting off GOP takeover
"We’re going to continue our acts of civil disobedience because the General Assembly has made a cruel attack on the most vulnerable people in this state,” declared Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.
A crowd of hundreds assembled outside the state's General Assembly building in Raleigh on Monday evening in a massive act of civil disobedience—the fourth consecutive week of demonstrations dubbed 'Moral Mondays,' spearheaded by the civil rights group.
"What started with...
25 May 2013 Hits:455 North Carolina
Update: Barbara Parramore was taken into police custody Monday evening.
Today I am participating in a non-violent and peaceful protest called Moral Mondays. I join ministers, students, teachers, and other concerned citizens at the state capitol in Raleigh because I am deeply concerned about the legislation of this session of the North Carolina General Assembly. In my judgment, many laws and pending laws that will guide public policy and practice are not in the public interest, and in many instances, will have a negative effect on the future of our state....
Barbara Parramore | AlterNet 20 May 2013 Hits:597 North Carolina
Clean energy opponents turned to dirty tactics this week at the North Carolina legislature to advance a bill repealing the state's groundbreaking renewable power program.
In a contested vote that led to an outcry from Democrats, the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday advanced a measure to roll back the 2007 state law requiring electric utilities to generate a modest amount of energy from renewable sources including solar, wind, and livestock methane -- 12.5 percent of total retail sales by 2021 and thereafter.
The vote brought back to life a bill that appeared...
Sue Sturgis | Facing South 06 May 2013 Hits:407 North Carolina
This legislature has already attacked the poor by denying 500,000 people access to healthcare, by refusing billions of Federal dollars, and then denying benefits to an estimated 165,000 unemployed North Carolinians by refusing even more money. They raised taxes on 900,000 poor and working people and cut taxes on 23 millionaires. They further plan to cut income taxes for the wealthy and corporate taxes at the same time.
They chose to deny the realities of racial disparities in our criminal justice system by attempting to fully repeal the Racial Justice Act, which...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | North Carolina NAACP 26 Apr 2013 Hits:567 North Carolina
North Carolina now has over 1,100 clean energy companies that have contributed $3.7 billion in annual gross revenue -- but that hasn't stopped conservative attacks.
Yesterday, the North Carolina House Commerce Committee narrowly passed a bill that would repeal the state’s successful renewable energy standard. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Renewable Energy Standard’s (RES) to encourage electric utilities to expand the power they generate from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to adopt such a standard — ...
Tiffany Germain, Matt Kasper | Climate Progress 07 Apr 2013 Hits:601 North Carolina
It's almost as if they've never heard of separation of church and state.
So this is what it's come to. A state known for 300 years of southern-style progressivism has been taken over by wing-nuts who are determined to decimate education, increase income inequality, and basically turn the state into the Mississippi of the Mid-Atlantic. A gerrymandering strategy succeeded in overriding the will of the people in the last election, giving the GOP control of both chambers of the legislature. Appallingly, discount-store mogul Art Pope, a longtime GOP donor and champion...
Lynn Stuard Parramore | AlterNet 04 Apr 2013 Hits:436 North Carolina
We the NAACP, across this nation for 104 years, have and will always stand for the unabridged and unfettered right to vote. Even when white supremacists did everything they could to stop the right to vote through Old South poll taxes, grandfather clauses, literacy tests and violence, we never tried to stop anyone else from voting. Despite these tactics, which Mrs. Rosa Nell, one of our 91 year-old members who will speak later, remembers so well, we simply demanded, fought and died for our right to vote. So we come...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | North Carolina NAACP 12 Mar 2013 Hits:478 North Carolina
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) today signed a law that imposes severe cuts to his state’s unemployment insurance program, a change that will also cost jobless workers in the state access to the federal unemployment compensation program.
McCrory’s signature earned him a rebuke from the National Employment Law Project, which said in a release that the law will result in “the most severe cutsto both state and federal unemployment insurance of any state in the nation”:
These heartless cuts, in the state with the fifth-highest jobless rate in the nation, at 9.2 percent,...
Travis Waldron | Think Progress 19 Feb 2013 Hits:1468 North Carolina
RALEIGH - "Today the spirit of justice was awakened in the Capitol of North Carolina," said Rev. Barber. "Governor Beverly Perdue has signed a Pardon of Innocence for nine men and one woman known as 'The Wilmington 10.' These young people were non-violent protestors fighting for educational equality. They were framed, wrongfully convicted and incarcerated in connection to a fire bombing in Wilmington, NC over 40 years ago. These unjust convictions were due to racist manipulation of the court system and extraordinary and blatant racially motivated prosecutorial misconduct. A Federal...
Rev. Dr. William Barber | NAACP 31 Dec 2012 Hits:712 North Carolina
Governor-Elect Pat McCrory and Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP, exchanged views and hopes on Friday. The two leaders were joined by Ms. Carolyn Coleman, First Vice President of the NC NAACP from Greensboro, and Ms. Sylvia Barnes, State Secretary of the NC NAACP. Thomas Stith, Governor-Elect McCrory's Chief of Staff, arranged the meeting.
The Governor-Elect expressed his concerns about jobs, the economy, and education. Dr. Barber and Ms. Coleman, members of the National Board of the NAACP, talked about the national and state NAACP's commitment to protecting...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NC NAACP 30 Dec 2012 Hits:896 North Carolina
The final unresolved 2012 House race between a Democrat and a Republican has reached its conclusion, with Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) winning reelection in North Carolina’s 7th District following Republican state Sen. David Rouzer’s concession.
“Now that the recount has been completed and the tally of votes is official, we can move forward satisfied that each vote was counted properly and accurately,” Rouzer said in a statement released late Tuesday. “I have called Congressman McIntyre to congratulate him on a hard-fought victory, and I...
Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post 29 Nov 2012 Hits:750 North Carolina
When asked how he won the race for North Carolina governor in 2012, Republican Pat McCrory has repeatedly boasted to the national media that it's because he ran a "clean" campaign. As McCrory told MSNBC, he "did not run one negative TV or radio ad against our opponent."
Of course, McCrory didn't have to run negative ads; super PACs and outside attack groups did it for him.
In 2012, super PACs and other outside spending groups -- those not officially tied to a candidate or party -- spent more than $14...
Facing South 15 Nov 2012 Hits:816 North Carolina
DURHAM - The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP will continue its "Million Voters March III Campaign" with a tour around the state in a lead up to Election Day. The campaign was launched during the NC NAACP State Convention earlier this month and will include tour stops by NC NAACP State Conference President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. With the tour, the NC NAACP plans to: 1) Inspire one million African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, other minorities, progressive Whites, and friends in...
NAACP North Carolina 25 Oct 2012 Hits:869 North Carolina
Ten undocumented protesters from Arizona were arrested late Tuesday afternoon outside of the Time Warner Arena in uptown Charlotte, as Democratic National Convention delegates watched.
Chanting in Spanish and English, the protesters -- surrounded by media and conventioneers with smart phone cameras -- quickly marched toward the arena where First Lady Michelle Obama was scheduled to speak.
As throngs of convention delegates bustled down the sidewalk, the small band of Latinos laid a large yellow mat decorated with butterflies in the middle of the intersection and...
Pamela Powers Hannley and Krzysztof Piotrowski | Huffington Post 05 Sep 2012 Hits:803 North Carolina
I was initially surprised at the demeanor of the police in Charlotte during the Wall Street South March on the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Even though I lived in North Carolina for 14 years, I always relish the cordiality when I return. But friendliness by cops at a protest?
Last fall I had witnessed aggressive Oakland police in full riot gear during countless occupy marches, club-bearing University of California-Berkeley police attacking students, and I was even arrested by nervous and edgy mall cops while videotaping a Black...
Jen Schradie | Common Dreams 04 Sep 2012 Hits:640 North Carolina
Stretching past scrubby pines and open fields where tobacco once grew, Highway 70 East guides you to a low-slung, red-roofed building where the scent of smoldering oakwood hangs thickly in the air. You have reached Wilber’s, the High Church of old-school barbecue, where whole hogs are slow-cooked over coals, doused with red-pepper vinegar and served to locals with tar-thick accents.
On the wall hangs a shrine to a beloved politician, whose death has erased neither his legacy nor the fond feelings of the...
Lynn Parramore | AlterNet 30 Aug 2012 Hits:745 North Carolina
Join John Nichols (Nation Magazine, MSNBC), Governor Mike Dukakis, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Congress members John Conyers, Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee* and Alan Grayson, plus several other progressive leaders (see below). Tuesday, September 4 in Charlotte, NC. Purchase Tickets
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We will come together at the time of the Democratic National Convention to plan a more progressive future. We will discuss ways to build the “inside/outside” movement for: Medicare...
Mike Hersh | PDA Communications Coordinator 17 Aug 2012 Hits:2101 North Carolina
Mitt Romney is returned to Charlotte Wednesday for the second time in less than a week. The presumptive Republican nominee attended a private fundraiser at the Duke Mansion on Hermitage Road in Myers Park.
Protesters from Action North Carolina started to march at about 12:30 p.m. and had cleared by 2 p.m.
Romney arrived shortly afterwards.
Protesters told WBTV they are greeting the "rich attendees" of the fundraiser by handing them fake checks made out for $250,000. Action North Carolina said the fake checks "signify the average annual...
17 Aug 2012 Hits:787 North Carolina
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, North Carolina is uniquely positioned to move forward with implementing this expansion of coverage for the 1.5 million of our citizens who lack health insurance.
Thanks to the hard, behind-the-scenes work of many health leaders, from hospital directors to consumer advocates, the N.C. Institute of Medicine has developed a plan to make reform work for North Carolinians (see www.nciom.org), easing the way for tax credits so families and businesses can purchase coverage,...
Adam Searing, NC Policy Watch 17 Aug 2012 Hits:607 North Carolina
One of the most consequential elections in North Carolina this year has received little attention so far: the lone seat on the N.C. Supreme Court that is up for a vote, held by Justice Paul M. Newby.
But the campaign pitting Newby against Democratic challenger Sam Ervin IV, a judge on the state Court of Appeals, should start drawing more attention as plans for a new super PAC begin ramping up fundraising on behalf of the incumbent.
Key conservatives have formed the N.C. Judicial Coalition,...
Craig Jarvis | News Observer 04 Jun 2012 Hits:909 North Carolina
This week's follies aren't really follies at all, just a partial list of what happened in yet another extremist week at the General Assembly.
The House voted to cripple the state's air toxics program that protects North Carolinians from chemicals spewed into the air that physicians say cause serious health problems for seniors, pregnant women, and children.
The Senate Finance Committee passed legislation to make it easier for multi-state corporations to hide their profits from the Department of Revenue so they won't have to pay the taxes they owe the state, the...
Chris Fitzsimon | NC Policy Watch 01 Jun 2012 Hits:744 North Carolina
The NC NAACP stands with many citizens of our state, White, Black, Latino, Native American and of different creeds and religions, to denounce the call for White-Only Ku Klux Klan rallies here in North Carolina.
We join citizens in rejecting the KKK's White Supremacist philosophy and history of domestic terrorism. We applaud our local leadership, NAACP Branch President Skip McCall and the growing diversity of citizens in Iredell County that have already stepped forward and rejected this philosophy. Loving and right-thinking citizens of this state know that on Memorial weekend...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NAACP North Carolina 27 May 2012 Hits:980 North Carolina
Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe released a new video today supposedly exposing voter fraud in North Carolina by highlighting non-citizens like Zbigniew Gorzkowski who have voted in recent elections.
The problem: Gorzkowski is an American citizen.
In fact, if O’Keefe had done a simple Nexis search for “Zbigniew Gorzkowski”, he would have found a single article from the News & Observer in 2008 noting that Gorzkowski and his wife are naturalized citizens:
Customers flock through the red door of Zbigniew “Ziggy” and wife Halina Gorzkowski’s European grocery and flower shop to buy...
Scott Keyes | Think Progress 16 May 2012 Hits:796 North Carolina
North Carolina polls are open for early voting in the primary election, and the rights of unmarried couples are being put to a public referendum.
I voted against North Carolina’s Amendment One, which seeks to amend the state constitution “to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in th[e] state.”
A recent Pew poll shows that nationally support for gay marriage is higher than ever —47 percent of Americans in favor of...
Susanna J Smith, RH Reality Check | Report 08 May 2012 Hits:632 North Carolina
The new rules the city of Charlotte, NC, host to this summer's Democratic National Convention is putting in place to curb protesters is raising the ire of civil liberties advocates. The new ordinances would prevent certain items, most notably backpacks, in designated "zones" near important meetings.
They are doing a dry run-through of new "security" procedures in advance of soon-to-be-held Duke Energy and Bank of America shareholder meetings--both certain to attract vocal dissent.
From the report by WCNC.com, Charlotte:
The American Civil Liberties Union of...
Sarah Seltzer | Sourced from AlterNet 07 May 2012 Hits:963 North Carolina
This week, in the face of an extreme rightwing attack on minorities and the poor, the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is rolling out a major media campaign to make clear the facts and constitutional dangers facing all North Carolinians through the discriminatory Amendment One.
Through ads in African-American newspapers, radio spots across the state, mailers, and robocalls to tens of thousands North Carolina voters, and brochures distributed to over fifty counties through grassroots NAACP branch leadership, the public education campaign is already resonating with everyday North Carolinians.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NAACP North Carolina 26 Apr 2012 Hits:1036 North Carolina
A coalition of protest leaders Friday announced plans for a massive march the Sunday before September’s Democratic convention in uptown Charlotte, a city they called the “Wall Street of the South.”
But city officials said no decision has been made on the timing or route of a possible march.
“We have not said ‘no.’ … We just don’t know yet,” City Attorney Bob Hagemann told the Observer.
“We have just said it’s premature.”
Earlier, leaders of The Coalition to Protest at the DNC blasted what one called the “delays and run-arounds”...
Jim Morrill and Gary Wright | Charlotte Observer 15 Apr 2012 Hits:801 North Carolina
We stand here today on the eve of the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I'm pleased to be joined by the Chair of the North Carolina NAACP Religious Affairs Committee, Rev. Dr. Cardes H. Brown, Jr., Co-Chair Pastor James Woodson, Rev. Curtis Gatewood, our HKonJ Coalition Administrative Coordinator and other faith leaders to announce the statewide 1000 Churches, Temples and Mosques - 100% Voter Registration Campaign.
From the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, through August 28, the 49th anniversary of the March...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NAACP North Carolina 03 Apr 2012 Hits:821 North Carolina
Every state but one in the South has banned marriage equality by outlawing unions between two people of the same sex. In fact, they all had an amendment to their state constitutions barring such marriages by 2008. The hold-out is North Carolina.
The reason for that, people on both sides of the issue agree, is because Democrats controlled the state legislature until 2010. They simply refused to let an amendment make it to the ballot.
But Amendment One is on the May 8 ballot. And every indication...
Meteor Blades | Daily Kos 30 Mar 2012 Hits:892 North Carolina
We want to welcome everyone to the 59th NAACP Southeast Regional Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute and welcome the State Conference Presidents from the Mighty Southeast Region V of the NAACP: Ms. Gloria J. Sweet-Love of Tennessee and Chair of the Southeast Region Leadership Caucus; Dr. Lonnie Randolph of South Carolina; Mr. Edward Dubose of Georgia: Ms. Adora Obi Nweze of Florida; Atty. Derrick Johnson of Mississippi and Mr. Bernard Simelton of Alabama.
We also want to thank Rev. Dr. Earl Johnson and the Martin Street Baptist Church for being...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NC NAACP 23 Mar 2012 Hits:805 North Carolina
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