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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:141 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:271 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:369 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:276 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:314 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:1280 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:540 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:691 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:576 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:556 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:691 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:597 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:483 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:530 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:1613 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:629 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:463 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:713 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:565 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:760 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:626 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:495 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:725 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:842 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:676 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:658 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:707 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:649 North Carolina
Full ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would guarantee equality under the law on account of sex in the U.S. Constitution, will move another step closer on Thursday, March 22 when Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) introduces in the Senate a resolution to remove the ratification deadline – and North Carolina’s senators could help make it happen if they sign on as sponsors.
Senator Cardin wrote last week to all his colleagues, including Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr of North Carolina, inviting...
Bernadette Cahill | High Country Press 18 Mar 2012 Hits:778 North Carolina
President Barack Obama Friday announced his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on North Carolina’s May 8 ballot banning same sex marriages and civil unions, making a rare foray into a state referendum fight.
With North Carolina a key battleground state, Obama decided to take the potentially risky step of wading into a divisive social issue.
“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to...
Rob Christensen and Tim Funk 17 Mar 2012 Hits:825 North Carolina
(DURHAM) - For the second time in a week, the NAACP was victorious in defending the voting rights of North Carolinians. On Friday, the United States District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina agreed with the NAACP constitutional challenge to the newly imposed redistricting of the Guilford County Board of Commission by the North Carolina General Assembly when it enjoined the proposed changes from taking effect until the constitutional flaws are corrected. In this lawsuit, the NAACP successfully sought to protect the voting rights of over 40,000 Guilford...
Rev.Dr. William J. Barber | NC NAACP President 19 Feb 2012 Hits:525 North Carolina
We are encouraged today that the three judge panel in North Carolina refused to dismiss the statewide redistricting case, North Carolina NAACP v. North Carolina, and instead chose to hear the case on its merits. The judges denied the State's Motion to Dismiss in part and allowed the motion in part. The case will proceed on the majority of our claims including, the equal protection clause claims under both the North Carolina and United States Constitutions. It is important to note that claims are still moving forward in every district...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | North Carolina NAACP 06 Feb 2012 Hits:936 North Carolina
Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) will not run for reelection after three terms in office.
“This was not an easy decision,” Shuler said. “However, I am confident that it is the right decision. It is a decision I have weighed heavily over the past few months. I have always said family comes first, and I never intended to be a career politician.”
It’s been a brutal couple of weeks for North Carolina Democrats.
Like Rep. Brad Miller (D), who announced his retirement last Thursday, Shuler was dealt a bad hand by...
Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake | The Washington Post 03 Feb 2012 Hits:701 North Carolina
An Asheville Democrat going up against Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, in the May primary held his first town hall meeting in Waynesville at the library last Thursday.
Hoping to gather more name recognition and answer voter questions, Cecil Bothwell led an almost 90-minute-long meeting in which he addressed a variety of topics ranging from his electability to education. The mostly liberal-leaning audience also asked about subjects such as alternative energy, limiting the power of lobbyists and a tax on stock trading.
One attendee asked for...
Admin | Smokey Mountain News 01 Feb 2012 Hits:696 North Carolina
We are pleased to welcome the President and CEO of the National NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous, back to North Carolina to stand with us as we mobilize for our March on Raleigh on February 11, 2012.
The North Carolina Constitution in the Declaration of Rights says, "All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole."
Based on this constitutional right we continue to demand our General...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | President North Carolina NAACP 01 Feb 2012 Hits:809 North Carolina
Over 200 people showed up for a rally this afternoon protesting the Citizens United decision and calling for a constitutional amendment banning corporate personhood. The protesters marched from Pritchard Park to the federal building in downtown Asheville. The protests were organized by the Meet, Talk, Act — an affinity group of Occupy Asheville — and Move to Amend. With a backdrop of people dressed as Supreme Court Justices and the Statue of Liberty, speakers including Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell and Dr. Errington...
David Forbes | Mountain XPress 31 Jan 2012 Hits:675 North Carolina
The Western North Carolina chapter of PDA is based in Asheville, NC and was just recently formed in December. Most members of the chapter have been long time activists in local, state, and national politics and in many progressive causes. The group was eager to get started in a big way so they recently endorsed the Congressional candidacy of Asheville city councilman, Cecil Bothwell.
Cecil is seeking the Congressional seat in the NC 11th district. He will be challenging the incumbent, Blue Dog...
Angela Leonard | PDA Western North Carolina 30 Jan 2012 Hits:923 North Carolina
Cecil Bothwell, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler in the 11th Congressional District primary in May, addressed jobs, education and health care at a town hall meeting Friday in Hendersonville.
Bothwell's campaign platform is built on "jobs, not cuts," "education for all" and "strengthening Social Security and Medicare."
To create jobs in the region, Bothwell wants to support the American Jobs Act, the Summer Jobs+ program and the creation of a new Civilian Conservation Corps to retrofit buildings and install both a smart grid and...
John Harbin | Times News 26 Jan 2012 Hits:680 North Carolina
ROCKY MOUNT - Seeing the faces of poverty in North Carolina can and should have a profound impact on lawmakers, say advocates for the poor who have just completed the first leg of a state-wide tour of the state's communities.
The first leg of the "Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina," a state-wide tour of rural counties and inner city neighborhoods where North Carolinians struggle to find work, decent housing, transportation, and sufficient food for their families, concluded today with a stop in Rocky Mount. The bus tour...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NAACP North Carolina 21 Jan 2012 Hits:746 North Carolina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 20, 2012 For More Information:
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137 Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700 Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700 DURHAM - Today the three judge panel hearing the North Carolina NAACP v. State of North Carolina redistricting lawsuit ruled to deny our Motion for Injunctive Relief and with that ruling put a price on racism. The motion requested that the 2012 election cycle be delayed by 45 days in order to give the court time to...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II | NC NAACP 21 Jan 2012 Hits:982 North Carolina
(DURHAM) - Later today, legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly have the opportunity to make a vote that will keep North Carolina moving forward or vote to take North Carolina backwards towards the ugly days of Jim Crow justice. We call on justice-loving and forward-thinking legislators of both parties to uphold the Governor's veto of Senate Bill 9, a repeal of the Racial Justice Act.
Those who vote to override the Governor's veto of the Racial Justice Act Repeal Bill are telling all North Carolinians that they do not care...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NC NAACP President 04 Jan 2012 Hits:953 North Carolina
A Tribute to Attorney Romallus O. Murphy
King Ahab ruled over a political system wrought with injustice. When he met the prophet Elijah, King Ahab asked him: "Are you he that troubleth Israel?" Elijah's prophetic, moral vision of justice -- rooted in the laws of God --collided with the arrogance and oppressive rule of Ahab. It could be said that Attorney Romallus O. Murphy used the law and moral authority to "troubleth" North Carolina and the United States.
Romallus O. Murphy "troubled the waters of jurisprudence." He used...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II | NC NAACP President 29 Dec 2011 Hits:679 North Carolina
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