Gerrymandering

The Supremes

Keep the judiciary balanced and fair Cast informed votes in the November election by Mary Hopper Thanks to the incessant tinkering of the General Assembly, the judicial races have been in a perpetual state of flux. Layer on top of that, court challenges and secret maneuverings and you have a hot mess.  Now on the …

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Power to the (NC) Polls

by Mary Hopper. Rarely has a theme had more relevance than the call for “Power to the Polls.” Before you think, “I vote, so I have that covered,” we urge you to dig deeper into what Power to the Polls should mean for a concerned citizen. Here’s a quick overview of races and how you can …

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NC Courts Under Attack

Think our judges should be fair, independent, and removed from politics? Yeah, so do a vast majority of North Carolinians. Unfortunately, politicians in Raleigh think differently. Top state lawmakers are trying to gain partisan control over the courts and rig the system in their favor. First, they canceled primary elections for judges, and now the politicians …

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A Road Map to Voter Empowerment

From the Friendship Missionary Baptist Social Justice Ministry: We are nearing the end of our explosive Civics 101: Now is the Time for Action…Don’t Speak About It!… Be About It! with Mr. Marcus Bass, Campaign Director, Democracy North Carolina.  Join us Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 3:30 PM and share in this interactive setting.

NCGA Special Session: What You Need to Know

This Friday, August 18, state lawmakers will begin a special session with the sole purpose of redistricting and redrawing North Carolina’s legislative maps. After a series of state and federal court rulings, the NCGA must redraw 28 legislative districts (nine Senate, 19 House) that were found to be unconstitutionally and racially gerrymandered from maps drawn in …

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From a Sister Organization

W.E.M.A.D We are Energized to March, Act, Demonstrate Newsletter #7                                    June 7, 2017 Calendar Updates…. Monday, June 12 Our Immigrant Community: Education about Rights and Law Enforcement St. Alban’s Church 301 Caldwell Ln, Davidson, NC 28036 with Police …

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Legislative Calls Week 5.14

CALL YOUR NC STATE SENATOR to FULLY & FAIRLY FUND EDUCATION It seems that the NC Senate again proved nothing good happens after midnight: At 3 a.m. on Friday May 12, NC Senate GOP strips education funding from Democrats’ districts http://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article150397682.html Let your senator know that we are disgusted by this extreme partisanship and that …

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Inside Your (Legislative) Body

Welcome to week 9 of Inside Your Legislative Body. The NC Senate passed their budget last week and the House begins work on their budget this week. Meanwhile, we got some good news already this week from SCOTUS. Here’s the latest- State Budget Update Unfortunately the Senate budget is more of what we’ve come to …

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Legislative Update & Actions Week of 3.20

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AND ACTIONS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 20 North Carolina: Contact your NC House representatives and urge them to support House Bill 200 (nonpartisan redistricting). National: Contact your U.S. House representatives to comment on or oppose these bills: ◊ ACA Repeal/Replace Legislation Current focus is on the House of Representatives, where the proposed repeal of …

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AND ACTIONS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 13

North Carolina: Call your NC House Representatives and urge them to support House Bill 200 (nonpartisan redistricting). National: Contact your Senators and Representatives in Congress to express your opposition to changing Medicaid to a block grant under the new proposed ACA replacement. The number of people in North Carolina who would lose coverage is estimated …

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NC Gerrymandering Trial Set

BY ANNE BLYTHE, News & Observer, March 3, 2017   RALEIGH Two North Carolina lawsuits questioning the breadth to which lawmakers can design congressional districts for partisan gain are on path toward a summer trial. A panel of three federal judges issued a ruling on Friday rejecting a request by N.C. lawmakers to dismiss the …

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