A Statement On the Surprise Special Session

December 15, 2016
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
President, NC NAACP

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.

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All Roads Lead to Raleigh on Friday

We've packed the General Assembly for three days. 17 people have been arrested. The fight has only just begun.

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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.

If you are interested in learning more about non-violent direct action, email tyler.swanson@naacpnc.org

To follow what is happening at the General Assembly throughout the day:
Follow us on Twitter @ncnaacp and follow the hashtags #RespectOurVote #ncpol #ncga
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Read our blog at www.naacpnc.org


Respect Our Vote People's Assembly!

Our Elected Officials have used the pain and suffering of North Carolina hurricane and forest fire victims to release a flood of extremist laws. The people are fighting back. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

4:30 p.m.
NC General Assembly
16 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC

Click this link to RSVP on Facebook: goo.gl/myLhEi

The NC General Assembly has gone too far. They came to Raleigh under the pretense of protecting NC hurricane and forest fire victims but have now filed over 20 bills, including unprecedented laws that strip Governor-elect Roy Cooper of executive powers, hurt public education, create gridlock in the state and county boards of elections and circumvent the will of the people, and do further harm to the people of our state. Extremists in the legislature are upset about the outcome of our election and are trying to maintain their control.

The people of North Carolina will not take this. We demand that they respect our vote, end this Session and stop attacking our democracy.

Join us at 3:30 p.m. if you would like to participate in a non-violence and direct action training before the People's Assembly. Email tyler.swanson@naacpnc.org for more information.

To follow what is happening at the General Assembly throughout the day:
Follow us on Twitter @ncnaacp and follow the hashtags #respectourvote #ncpol #ncga
Check us out on Facebook at North Carolina NAACP

Read our blog at www.naacpnc.org


News Conference with NC Flood Victims About Surprise Special Session

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Join with the North Carolina NAACP, North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections, Progress NC, and flood victims as we gather at the General Assembly to urge our lawmakers, those who were elected to govern for the good of the whole, to stop their attempt to use disaster relief and the pain of thousands of North Carolinians to push through measures that strip Governor-elect Roy Cooper of executive powers, that hurt public education, and that do further harm to the people of our state. 

The House of Representatives and the Senate filed over 20 bills this evening during the surprise special session that began today at 2:00 p.m. Lawmakers were called to Raleigh under the pretense of disaster relief but instead they have exploited the tragedy of thousands of North Carolinians to ram a partisan power grab through a surprise special session.

“My family is still recovering from the flooding, and some of our neighbors lost everything they had,” said Sean Yarborough of Robeson County. “We are pleading with lawmakers not to exploit our suffering by using us as political pawns in their blatantly partisan schemes while they’re supposed to be helping us rebuild.”


We will be here late. Join us!

The Senate will reconvene at 4:45 p.m. and the House will reconvene at 5:00 p.m. We expect to be here very late. Tell your friends and family to join us at the NC General Assembly, 16 W. Jones St. Bring your signs and your chanting voice!



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