CHAPEL HILL - The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Movement announced the kick-off of a statewide informational picket campaign aimed at NC Budget Director Art Pope.
The first two pickets were held Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Roses in University Mall and the Maxway in Raleigh.
The informational picket campaign is a statewide effort to raise awareness and demand that Pope call for a reversal of several laws and policies passed in 2013.
Pope owns Variety Wholesalers Inc.
Orange County Emergency Services is reminding residents this time of year is when safety is not on the forefront of the mind.
Most holiday celebrations include the lighting of candles, lighting of trees, or placing lights on the house. Many of these actions can create fire hazards if not set up correctly, and December is the most active month for fires related to candles.
Some safety tips include: keeping candles 12 inches away from flammable objects, not using candles during a power outage, being careful not to overload circuits with lights, and keeping trees away from heating appliances.
For more information on safety tips click here.
This Sunday, Varsity Church of Chapel Hill is inviting you to take a bite out of child hunger.
From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 n. at SmithMiddle School you can help package 10,000 meals for children in need of a solid meal. The meals will go to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, and Orange County School system.
The annual event called Feed 10,000 aims to do exactly as it says and help 10,000 children in the area.
For more information click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/naacp-picket-campaign-holiday-safety-feed-10000/
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The NAACP and others are pressing ahead with a lawsuit after Governor Pat McCrory quietly signed into law a Republican-supported measure that makes sweeping changes in how and when North Carolina residents can cast their ballots.
Within hours of Monday’s signing, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it and two other groups had filed a lawsuit challenging the legislation.
There was no formal ceremony marking the bill signing. Gov. McCrory’s press office sent out a statement saying he signed the legislation, and also posted a 95-second message on YouTube giving his reasons. It would take effect in 2016.
Republicans have said the legislation is meant to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected. But non-partisan voting rights groups, Democrats and libertarians suggested the true goal is to suppress voter turnout, especially among blacks, the young, the elderly and the poor.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/naacp-pressing-legal-challenge-after-mccrory-quietly-signs-sweeping-voting-reform-bill/
RALEIGH- This week’s Moral Monday protest at the General Assembly was the largest since the Forward Together movement launched this spring. Now organizers want to take the protests to a new level.
To springboard off the success of the Moral Monday protests, North Carolina NAACP leader Reverend William Barber says his group and others will launch the next phase of the Forward Together movement with Witness Wednesdays, starting this Wednesday with the commemoration of the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
“On that Wednesday at 12 noon, at the General Assembly, we will also announce the launching of Voter Registration Summer, a new kind of freedom summer right here in North Carolina,” says Barber. “We intend to fight, we intend to stand. We’re going to challenge them morally, we’re going to challenge them legally, and we’re going to challenge them at the voting box. The one thing we’re not going to do is go backwards, because our motto is “Forward Together, Not One Step Back.”
The Moral Monday protests are designed to call attention to a host of economic and educational policies sponsored by the Republican-controlled legislature that Barber says are harmful to the majority of North Carolinians.
“Their policies are constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible and economically insane,” says Barber.
To date, thousands have protested and more than 300 have been arrested for civil disobedience, including Carrboro’s mayor and several members of the Board of Aldermen.
Governor Pat McCrory has criticized the protesters, saying they are wasting taxpayer money by clogging the court system with frivolous arrests. But Barber says the right to assemble is constitutionally protected.
“Article 1, Section 12 of the state constitution says we have a right to do exactly what we’re doing,” says Barber. “They don’t have to arrest us. The Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tem don’t have to order the arrests. But we’re not going to give up our constitutional rights simply because they do order the arrests.”
The protests will continue this Monday at the General Assembly, led by a coalition of clergy from across the state.
Click here to listen to Friday’s teleconference in which members of the Forward Together movement announce the next phase of the movement.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/as-moral-monday-protests-grow-leaders-kick-off-voter-drive/
(Damon Seils was among the arrestees on Monday.)
* UPDATE – An earlier version of this story said “at least 140″ were arrested.
RALEIGH – The North Carolina NAACP resumed its “Moral Monday” protests at the state legislature in Raleigh Monday evening—and as organizers promised, this week’s demonstration was far larger than any that had come before it.
Despite the threat of rain, more than 1600 turned out at the State House, and at least 150 were arrested—including Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, Chapel Hill Town Council member Donna Bell, and Carrboro Aldermen Damon Seils, Michelle Johnson and Sammy Slade. (Technically the number of arrestees from the Board of Aldermen constituted a quorum.)
The number of arrests on Monday nearly matches the combined total of 153 from the last four protests dating back to late April—and while state legislators themselves seem undeterred, demonstrators say the growing numbers are a sign that North Carolinians in general are coming to their side.
“North Carolina’s waking up,” says Bishop Larry Reid, pastor of the Cathedral of Hope Church in Carrboro and one of many local residents who made the trip to Raleigh on Monday. “(They’re) waking up to see the effect of what’s going on (in) this legislature.”
The “Moral Monday” protests have been organized by the state chapter of the NAACP, led by chapter president Rev. William Barber—who’s called for a “wave of civil disobedience” against the policies being enacted by the GOP-led General Assembly, on issues ranging from voter ID to health care to education and beyond.
Chapel Hill resident Tye Hunter—also present at Monday’s protest—says it’s precisely that wide range of issues that has given the movement its strength.
“There isn’t a number-one issue,” he says, “(and) I think one of the great things about what Rev. Barber has done in building this coalition is that there are lots of issues and all of the issues are important.”
But even as the movement has grown (dramatically so this week) the tide of legislation coming out of the State House has not abated—and there’s still more to come, with the House and Senate making progress towards agreeing on a budget for the next two years. Bishop Reid says in spite of the swell of support, he doesn’t see the movement getting through to legislators—at least not yet.
“Honestly, I do not,” he says. “Because it would seem to me that with as much as (has) gone on thus far–we’re simply asking to be heard, and as a matter of fact we’ve spoken to some of our area representatives, and they’ve even been asked to be quiet and not speak out…it’s just horrendous.”
Still, though, Reid says he’s optimistic that the movement will soon make progress—though an important deadline is fast approaching.
“I do believe (we’ll make progress),” he says. “I really do…and we’re shooting for that before they close for the summer session, because we feel that if they close for the summer session–our efforts will not necessarily be in vain, but their ear won’t be quite as keen.”
Tye Hunter agrees, saying that while he doesn’t anticipate any sudden shifts from state legislators right now, the “Moral Monday” movement is only just beginning.
“Dr. King famously said that the arc of the moral universe bends slowly, but it bends toward justice,” he says. “We know this isn’t going to be resolved in a week or two weeks, or a month or two months…(but) we’re beginning a movement. This is the first of many steps–there will be legal strategies, there will be strategies involving mass demonstration, (and) there will be strategies involving the next election.”
Chilton, Seils, Johnson, Slade and Bell were the only local elected officials arrested at Monday’s protest, but they were far from the only ones there: numerous members of the Board of County Commissioners were also present at the demonstration, including Penny Rich, Mark Dorosin and Bernadette Pelissier.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/chilton-other-local-electeds-arrested-at-mega-moral-monday/
RALEIGH – A protest of Republican policies at the North Carolina General Assembly has ended with the arrests of 17 people.
General Assembly police arrested members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other activists Monday outside the Senate chambers. The demonstrators called attention through prayer and song to what they called a regressive agenda.
Police Chief Jeff Weaver said the protestors will be charged.
The protest was directed at Republican action on health care, unemployment benefits, education and voting rights. The House passed a bill last week requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, which the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People views as a poll tax.
Chapter president the Rev. William Barber said more protests at the General Assembly are likely.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/naacp-protest-at-nc-legislature-ends-in-arrests/