NC NAACP Pleased the United States Is Asking U.S. Courts to Block the Recently-Passed Voter Law of North Carolina Legislators and Governor
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30 September 2013
DURHAM: US Attorney General Eric Holder will announce today that the U.S. Attorneys from the three North Carolina Federal Districts in North Carolina will file a lawsuit on Monday, September 30, asking the Federal Courts to stop the law the majority of the NC General Assembly passed and Governor McCrory recently signed--a law many voting rights experts call the 'Worst Voter Suppression law in the nation.
The 'Voter Suppression' law was thrown together by tea party elements in the General Assembly to try to make it more difficult to vote for the growing electorate that wants to move North Carolina forward, not backward. After the Supreme Court cut the heart out of the Voting Rights Act last summer, ultra-right legislators celebrated. They called the VRA a "headache," and quickly threw their favorite suppression tactics into a catch-all bill, to reduce the new southern electorate of minorities, students, the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and working people. They cut early voting by seven days, cut same-day registration, stopped counting provisional ballots cast when a voter mistakenly came to the wrong polling place, and stopped the "long lines" rule that allowed for the extension of voting hours. McCrory and the right-wingers who control the House and Senate, led by Thom Tillis and Phil Berger, were proudest of the new law forcing everyone to obtain a government-issued ID by the 2016 election, eliminating all other forms of ID including student ID's.
Five professors from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill sat on a panel Thursday evening at UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center to discuss Moral Mondays as North Carolina’s new social movement. The talk was organized by Scholars for North Carolina’s Future.
The Moral Monday movement, which is spreading across the state, takes a stand against N.C. General Assembly decision-making and legislation that has impacted Medicaid and reproductive rights to voting rights and education.
RALEIGH – The N.C. NAACP and its Youth and College Division held the 18th installment of Moral Monday in downtown Raleigh.
The gathering on Monday honored Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair - four little girls who were killed 50 years ago in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala.
The Forward Together Movement is calling on change in regards to recent education and voting rights legislation in North Carolina. Students, citizens and activists gathered at First Baptist Church on South Wilmington Street and marched towards the Governor's Mansion.