NC NAACP, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, ACLU of NC, Democracy North Carolina & others to Stand Against Voter Suppression

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NC NAACP, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, ACLU of NC, Democracy North Carolina & others to Stand Against Voter Suppression


Groups Will Reject Voter Suppression Legislation; Outline Various Obstacles a Voter ID Law Would Create for Thousands of Voters and State Government; Will Also Announce New Strategy for Mobilization Including PSA and Website



22 January 2013


For More Information:        Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President, 919-394-8137

                                            Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                            Atty. Jamie Phillips, Public Policy Coordinator, 919-682-4700

For Media Assistance:        Rob Stephens, Field Secretary, 336-577-9335


RALEIGH -The North Carolina NAACP, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Democracy North Carolina, ACLU of North Carolina, and others will hold a press conference Wednesday on voting rights. The press conference will present the constitutional rationale and arguments against voter suppression legislation such an ID requirement. Advocates will lay out plans for mobilization, including a public service announcement and website, and outline the financial and practical obstacles such a law would create for potentially hundreds of thousands of eligible voters, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, seniors, women, veterans, disabled and low-income voters. 


WHERE: Legislative press room at the North Carolina General Assembly, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, at 11 a.m.


WHO: Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President of the NC NAACP
  • Bob Hall, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina
  • Allison Riggs, Staff Attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice




Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.




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Twin County Democracy, the newest local chapter of Democracy North Carolina, serving the Edgecombe-Nash area, will be having our August meeting

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Dear Supporter,

Twin County Democracy, the newest local chapter of Democracy North Carolina, serving the Edgecombe-Nash area, will be having our August meeting at the Auditorium of the Rocky Mount Campus of the Edgecombe Community College at 225 Tarboro St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 8th, 6 – 7:30pm and is free and open to the public.

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Join us as we discuss non-partisan voter registration, education, and mobilization over the coming months! In particular, we will lay the groundwork for working with local high schools to register and pre-register youth who are 16 years of age or older during September Voter Registration Awareness Month. We need your local knowledge, ideas, and volunteer hours to make sure the next generation gets civically engaged and to set a positive example for young voters!


Jake Gellar-Goad
Eastern Organizer
Democracy North Carolina

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Move To Amend Coalition Democracy NC

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Hello Democracy Advocates,

People and organizations from all 50 states and from all walks of life are standing up and building a movement to free our democracy from corporate rule.

In the aftermath of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling, the Move To Amend Coalition is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Democracy North Carolina and the NC Voters for Clean Elections Coalition are happy to co-sponsor Move To Amend’s national “Barnstorming Tour” in cities across North Carolina July 7-11. (The AFL-CIO of NC is a member of the MTA Coalition along with other local NC organizations.)

Move to Amend executive committee members David Cobb, attorney and lifelong activist, and George Friday, anti-oppression trainer and community organizer, will be touring North Carolina in an effort to build connections, inspire activism, and reveal the origins of corporate power in America.

George and David’s presentations are part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! "Challenging Corporate Rule & Creating Democracy" aims to help local folks understand how they can work to abolish corporate personhood and establish a government of, by, and for the people.

Please click on the links below for more information and to RSVP for a local event near you:

Asheville – Saturday July 7, 7:00pm
Fayetteville – Monday, July 9, 7:00pm
Greenville – Tuesday, July 10, 6:30pm
Raleigh – Wednesday, July 11, 6:30pm

Thank you for all you do! 
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We’re Hiring Eastern NC Faith GOTV Ambassadors!


Democracy North Carolina is hiring faith-outreach Ambassadors to ensure a great Get-Out-The-Vote effort in eastern NC this election cycle!

RSVP Here to attend the Eastern NC
Ambassador Training Workshop!

Ambassadors can help in numerous ways. From distributing voter educational materials in your church, to recruiting like-minded folks as volunteers for support voting efforts, to encouraging communities of faith to use their church vans or buses for rides to the polls, to Get Out The Vote rallies, and much more!

  • Where:  UU Church on 131 Oakmont Drive, Greenville, NC
  • When:   6pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday March 27, 2012
  • Who:     Anyone from any eastern NC county may attend

You can make a difference and make $100 at the same time! Half is paid out after you attend the training, the other half at the end of the election cycle. Please attend this Ambassador Training Workshop whether you want to officially sign up as an Ambassador, or whether you just want to know more about church voter outreach. This workshop is for you!



Out of Control in Raleigh: Come to an Event Near You!


Dear Supporter,

North Carolina’s legislature is out of control — and it’s time to speak out and push back.

The legislature’s “midnight attack” on our state’s teachers in January revealed their willingness to ram through an extreme agenda, no matter what it takes. They continue to attack our voting rights, too, pushing for a discriminatory voter ID law, withholding funds for Early Voting, and more.

Please join us at a public forum about how these hard-line conservatives are turning back the clock, who’s bankrolling their agenda, and what it means for our lives.

Featured speakers (depending on location) include MaryBe McMillan of the N.C. AFL-CIO, Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies, Chris Fitzsimon or Rob Schofield of N.C. PolicyWatch, and Robert Dawkins, Nancy Shakir or Linda Sutton from Democracy North Carolina.

You’ll have a chance to ask questions and share your perspective, too.


Come to a forum near you:

Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm
Bordeaux Branch Library
3711 Village Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304-1530
Speakers: Rob Schofield, Chris Kromm, MaryBe McMillan, Nancy Shakir

RSVP here


Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm
West Asheville Library
942 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Speakers: Rob Schofield, Chris Kromm, MaryBe McMillan, Robert Dawkins

RSVP here


Thursday, February 9th at 7pm
First Baptist Church Chapel
700 Highland Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Speakers: Chris Fitzsimon, Chris Kromm, MaryBe McMillan, Linda Sutton

RSVP here


Sponsored by Democracy North Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies,
N.C. AFL-CIO, N.C. Policy Watch
and Progress North Carolina.

For more information contact Adam Sotak at or call 919-286-6000 ext 11.

Hope to see you there!
Your Democracy NC Team

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News Release: NC NAACP, Democracy NC, LWV and Randolph Institute to Sue Over Redistricting Maps



November 2, 2011

For More Information: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

Atty. Irv Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-530-6293

Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair,

DURHAM – Yesterday, after it spent 60 days looking at a cleverly designed scheme to resegregate voters in North Carolina, the U.S. Department of Justice informed us that the U.S. Attorney General did not "interpose any objection" to the scheme. The next sentence in the letter said, "However, we note that Section 5 expressly provides that the failure of the Attorney General to object [to a redistricting scheme] does not bar subsequent litigation (our emphasis) to enjoin the enforcement of the changes."

That’s exactly what we shall do this Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Wake County Superior Court.  We are honored to be co-plaintiffs with the League of Women Voters, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and Democracy, NC — organizations that have had their hands on the Plow of Democracy for a long time — as we file a lawsuit asking our North Carolina courts to stop this cleverly disguised race-based scheme.

We shall sue the leaders of the NC House and Senate, Thom Tillis and Phil Berger.  They paid good taxpayer money to outside consultants to develop a scheme to resegregate minority voters and dilute our voting power.

These consultants know that blatant Jim Crow acts are illegal, so they came up with their James Crow schemes instead. Jim Crow used blunt tools. James Crow uses surgical tools to cut out the heart of black political power. James Crow uses high-tech, clever consultants to pick apart black communities block by block and increase the prosperity of a few Americans by trying to divide, segregate, and fool the rest of us.

We also name the State of North Carolina and the State Board of Elections as defendants in our lawsuit, since they are charged with carrying out this race-based plan.

We welcome the media to join us at the Wake County Courthouse at 10:00 a.m., Friday morning, November 4, 2011, where our attorneys from Southern Coalition for Social Justice will distribute copies of our filed complaint. A news conference will follow.


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