DURHAM- Today, for the fourth time in the past few weeks, the highest court in the land has found racial motives and impacts in the actions of the Berger-Tillis-Moore leadership of the NC General Assembly. In a case based on evidence developed in the NC NAACP’s ground breaking racial gerrymandering case challenging the Berger-Tillis maps, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the August 2016 US District Court decision which detailed the conscious racial gerrymandering tactics of the Berger-Tillis leadership. These challenged maps consciously minimized the opportunities for the growing fusion electorate, while maximizing white voting power.
“These egregious injuries to the NAACP’s and its co-plaintiffs efforts to eliminate racial discrimination from the voting rolls and practices of North Carolina call for tough, well-crafted remedies” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President of the NC NAACP. “The U.S. District Court's three judge panel, which reviewed the strong evidence of racial discrimination and racial impact which was presented in this case, had ordered the State to redraw its legislative districts and to hold new elections by November 2017. That order represented a tough, well-crafted remedy which is now necessary in order to immediately remove the present illegally constituted General Assembly" said Irv Joyner, Legal Redress Chair of the NC NAACP. The NC NAACP has been demanding for four years new Districts that are constitutional, and other injunctive relief including ruling on all the bills passed by the illegally constituted General Assembly.
The NC NAACP, Forward Together Moral Movement and coalition partners will conduct a News Conference at North Carolina Central University School of Law at 10 A.M. on Thursday Morning, June 8, 2017 with its attorneys, to discuss the four straight victories, and the remedies the NAACP seeks in the Federal and State Courts, now that the Supreme Court has upheld its claims of racial discrimination in every case it has helped to litigate.