Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger committed to repealing House Bill 2 in its entirety, as promised to Governor-elect Cooper and as confirmed by Governor McCrory, during the special session held today. Instead, they spent nine hours at the NC General Assembly playing political games with the constitutional rights of North Carolinians.
The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is clear: equal protection for all is the law of the land. House Bill 2 undermines equal protection for workers who need a living wage, citizens in North Carolina who need access to state courts for employment discrimination complaints and the LGBTQ community who have the right to live free from fear of discrimination in schools and at work.Read more
Repeal HB2 Special Session
NC General Assembly
16 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC
Today, Governor-elect Roy Cooper announced that the NC General Assembly will hold a 5th special session this week to repeal "Hate Bill 2," the anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ, anti-family legislation passed earlier this year. Governor McCrory has not released the official proclamation so we do not know the exact date or time but when it is announced, we will be ready to join our legislators in Raleigh. Their special session track record does not instill confidence that they will keep their word, so we will monitor the session to ensure that the bill is repealed in full and no other legislation is discussed. This is certainly a victory of the people but this is no reason to praise our legislators. "Hate Bill 2" should have never been passed and it has done massive damage to our state. All praise goes to the people of North Carolina who never gave up the fight and who declared that discrimination has no place in our legislation.
Pack the Court & Save the Belhaven Hospital
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. at the OLD Wake County Courthouse, 316 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC
Courtroom: 3B on the Third Floor
Click here to RSVP on Facebook
For the past three years, the NC NAACP and the people of Belhaven have been fighting to save their rural hospital. The fight continues as the hospital owners are now trying to demolish the building. Residents of Belhaven have filed for a restraining order to stop the demolition. We need to pack the courthouse!
Friday, December 16, 2016
NC General Assembly Press Room
16 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC
Seventeen people were arrested yesterday. An estimated two dozen people have been arrested today and we are still here. Join Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II for an emergency press conference at 3:00 p.m. as we continue to let the world know that North Carolinians will not stand by while our democracy is under attack.
The avalanche of anti-voter surprise bills introduced yesterday by the extremist leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly in a constitutionally suspect "extra session" is an insult to the democratic values held by all people of goodwill in this state.
These changes represent deep violations of the Democratic process, and the faith that voters place in the elected process. To these legislators, who were elected under racially discriminatory redistricting plans, we say that this madness must end now and the people's vote must be respected.Read more
We've packed the General Assembly for three days. 17 people have been arrested. The fight has only just begun.
We will be back at the NC General Assembly on Friday at 10:00 a.m. We need to keep the pressure on. The House just passed several extreme bills including HB17 which cuts Governor-elect Roy Cooper's appointment powers to the State Board of Elections, UNC System trustees, and Senate confirmations. These bills will be heard by the Senate tomorrow. A number of other extreme bills will be discussed and likely passed in both chambers. Most of the damage is still to come.
You can also join us at 2:00 p.m. when Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II will arrive. Come whenever you can. We will be there all day.
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