The Fight for Voting Rights Continues

We Fight in the Courts, in the Streets, & at the Ballot Box

North Carolina is ground zero for the fight for voting rights in the United States. House Bill 318, the monster voter suppression law passed in 2013, is the first and the worst voter suppression law since the 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We have less voting rights today than we had in 1966. The people of North Carolina refuse to surrender the most fundamental right of a democracy: the right to vote.

We will fight in the courtsNC NAACP v. McCrory, our voter suppression lawsuit, will return to trial in January to hear the Voter ID portion of the case. Visit our website and our Facebook page for updates so you can join us in Winston-Salem to pack the courthouse and show the nation that HB 318 is NOT the will of the people.

We will fight in the streets. On Saturday, February 13th, we will hold the 10th annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People's Assembly in downtown Raleigh. One month before the 2016 Primary and nine months before the General Election, we will hold the largest Get Out The Vote rally North Carolina has ever seen grounded in the voices of those who have been impacted by the extreme and immoral policies of the NC General Assembly. RSVP on Facebook and click here for updates on the Moral March.

We will fight at the ballot box. On December 1st, the NC NAACP, Democracy NC, faith leaders, and other coalition partners are launching the It's Our Time | It's Our Vote voter empowerment campaign. This long-term, issue-based, non-partisan voter registration, education, mobilization, and protection campaign will work across North Carolina and will build a foundation for meaningful participation in our Democracy long after 2016. To get involved in the It's Our Time campaign, click here.

Help us spread the word by using the hashtags #forwardtogther #itsourtime and #moralmarch. 

Put the Refugee Jesus Back in Christmas

Article by Rev. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Following the news that one of the Paris attackers was carrying a Syrian passport, 24 US governors asked the federal government to cease welcoming refugees from Syria this week. Though he had told the Carolina Journal on Friday that he was satisfied with security screening for refugees, Governor Pat McCrory changed his tune on Monday: “I am now requesting that the president and the federal government cease sending refugees from Syria to North Carolina,” he said. Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is challenging McCrory in the 2016 gubernatorial race, also called for a “pause” in welcoming refugees.

What changed over the weekend? The “Syrian refugee” became the distant enemy politicians can use to manipulate a fearful public. But Christian people here and elsewhere should know better: we worship a refugee baby who survived Herod’s violence because his parents carried him across borders in an act of love.

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Jesus Didn't Join the Tea Party, Either

Op-Ed by William J. Barber II and Timothy Tyson for The News & Observer 

On Saturday, a throng gathered at the Capitol in Raleigh for what they termed an “I Stand With God Pro-Family” rally with Republican presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee. The initial “Stand With God” event occurred in August in Columbia, South Carolina – another key political GOP battleground. In fact, much of the crowd at the Capitol traveled from South Carolina.

Brandishing Bibles, speakers claimed that the country has lost touch with biblical values and decried abortion and marriage equality for gay Americans. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the darling of the tea party, made the case for limited government, saying, “Government is not the solution” but nevertheless urging those who claim Christianity to “get involved with politics.” This so-called “Stand With God” makes a mockery of the Christian faith for narrow partisan purposes.

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N.C. NAACP Women Blast Senator Burr On His Record

By Cash Michaels for The Chronicle 

Posted October 15, 2015

Female members of NAACP chapters from across North Carolina expressed concerns about the legislative record of Sen. Richard Burr last week, charging that the North Carolina Republican, who is up for reelection in 2016, has a record that shows “a disregard and disrespect for the value of women in North Carolina.”

Flanked by N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber II, members of the organization WIN (Women In the NAACP) and other members attending the three-day state convention in Winston-Salem on Friday, Oct. 9, Executive Director Rev. Michelle Laws charged that Sen. Burr has repeatedly stood in the way of women’s issues.

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Oppose Senate Bill 279!

Abolishing Local Liberty Bills...Just Another Regressive Setback to the Progress Made in the Battle Against Discrimination
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

Senate Bill 279 was introduced in the late hours of Monday night. It is being considered in the Legislature today. Click here to call or send an email to Senate Leader Berger and Speaker Moore to let them know you oppose SB 279, "Restricting Municipalities from Protecting All People"

September 29, 2015
Raleigh, NC

Regression seems to be the only familiar ideal for this general assembly.  In the last 48 hours, this general assembly has engaged in three last minute sneak attacks against the people of the state of North Carolina:  HB 318, the anti-immigration bill; HB 539, the charter school funding bill, and the most recent SB 279 anti-LGBT bill. This last bill could prevent local governments from protecting individuals against discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity in public accommodations and fair housing. 

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