'The bill even eliminates Citizens Awareness Month to encourage voter registration…'
Willie Green spent eight seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL and won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos. After he retired in 1999, he opened several payday loan stores of his own and went on to hold a series of positions serving as a spokesman for payday lending, especially to minority communities. While African-Americans comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 23 percent of payday loan borrowers…Green was “senior advisor of minority affairs” for the Community Financial Services Association, the payday lenders’ national trade group, then director of “community outreach” for Advance America, one of the largest payday lenders. Finally, in 2012, he opened his own consultancy…Over the past decade, he has popped up during legislative fights all over the country—North Carolina; Georgia; Washington, D.C.; Arkansas; and Colorado…Green once wrote an open letter to Georgia’s legislative black caucus arguing that government regulation on payday loans was unneeded and paternalistic: Opponents of payday lending “believe that people unlike them are just po’ chillin’ who must be parented by those who know better than they do what’s in their best interest,” he wrote…
To little national fanfare, the largest liberal protest of 2013 took place on Monday this week in North Carolina, with thousands in attendance and hundreds getting arrested…This week’s Moral Monday protest…was the largest to date with more than 3,000 people in attendance.
lots more photos, and videos, here.
…faith leaders are organizing weekly protests against the state’s sharply-conservative policies that would hurt the poor, women, minorities, and the environment. Among the crowd were 120 people who were willing to face arrest in order to protest policies like school vouchers, voter ID, the expiration of unemployment benefits, and the Republicans’ rejection of federal money to expand Medicaid, which leaves half a million North Carolinians without health insurance.
hear from the folks out there doing big things.
North Carolina is not a banana republic…
Democratic Sen. Josh Stein of Raleigh
in response to this:
The ALEC-sponsored bill to gut North Carolina’s clean energy standard failed last week in one House committee. But as the Charlotte Observer reports, last night it passed a Senate committee over shouted objections to do something most people take for granted in a democracy—counting votes to see which side has more.
All this makes me question if we’re living in my grandmother’s South. Republican lawmakers in North Carolina want to roll back many of this country’s civil rights achievements with a political agenda that is anti-democracy and anti-justice. They attack poor people, women and the LGBTQ and immigrant communities. If you’re not white, male, straight and Christian, you’re not safe with our state Republican lawmakers. Despite their actions…Every day I feel inspired by North Carolina’s rich history and legacy of freedom struggles…You can’t talk about the civil rights movement and freedom struggles in the United States without talking about North Carolina—the Greensboro sit-ins, SNCC, civil rights icon and pioneer Ella Baker and the Wilmington 10. State lawmakers…ought not forget how our grandmothers fought for freedom and taught us to fight for it too…These lawmakers don’t speak for anyone I know. They don’t speak for the social work students whom I teach and study…They don’t speak for my family of friends in North Carolina, who pay taxes here and who have raised children who are commited to building on what their parents and grandparents started.
Crystal Hayes, at North Carolina’s Indy Week
It’s been nearly seven years since the last execution in North Carolina, but that could soon change…the state Senate passed a bill to resume executions…The halt in executions stemmed largely from challenges to the state’s lethal injection protocol and questions about whether medical professionals can participate in a state-sponsored killing. Additionally, the 2009 Racial Justice Act allowed death row inmates to appeal their conviction if racial bias may have played a role in his or her sentence…North Carolina’s move bucks the national trend towards repealing the death penalty. Six states in as many years have eliminated [it]…
…in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings. The bill, filed…by two GOP lawmakers…and backed by nine other Republicans, says…courts cannot block a state “from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.” The legislation was filed in response to a lawsuit to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with a Christian prayer…
If Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Charlotte generally shunned confrontation over civil rights and mostly avoided violence, their efforts at amelioration were largely token in nature and did not disturb the fundamental social, economic and political order. The university at Chapel Hill and its cohorts in Raleigh and Greensboro…were nationally known for their academic excellence and open-mindedness, but it was well into the 1980s before any of them became more than tokenly integrated.
It was bound to be close, so long as Romney put on his moderate mask. So assume Obama holds the West Coast, the East coast (toss out New Hampshire) and the usually Democratic Great Lakes Midwest. Loses the South completely—Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. Keeps New Mexico, but loses Colorado and Nevada out West. Barely—just barely—wins Iowa and Ohio. He’s left with 271 electoral votes. Because that’s how Obama rolls in these situations.