Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts

 

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For Immediate Release

 

 

Date:  June 5, 2017

 

Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decision regarding North Carolina’s legislative districts:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling today completes the judicial appellate process for legislative redistricting.  The Court has once again told North Carolina what I have long known to be true- that its history in making voting decisions is discriminatory.  The General Assembly must fairly redraw legislative boundaries to protect the interests of minority voters.  The Court again made clear that the state cannot use race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.

“The General Assembly is required by law to expedite the redrawing of legislative boundaries.  The remaining question is whether the new legislative elections will take place this year.  The people of North Carolina should not be required to wait until 2018 to live in a constitutionally drawn district and be represented by a legislator who is lawfully elected.

“The legislative elections should take place in the fall of 2017.”

 

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Princeville NC – Do You Get It Or Do You Need To Keep Hearing?

Congressman G.K. Butterfield listened to the folk today however only a couple of folk spoke up.

Facts:

The Town of Princeville got to have a plan.

So what is the plan?

If you had insurance and your insurance states what they are to cover, if they don’t then you have a legal issue.

Congress along with President T. says they are going to do something with infrastructure and Congressman Butterfield said he was going to request monies for infrastructure in his district.

But do ya’ll not understand that in 1999 the Democrats were in control? Do you not know that in North Carolina and in Washington DC that the Republicans are in control? So to keep talking about what happened in 1999 vs 2016 is null and void because as you see things are totally different.

The best thing folk can do is to be true to themselves. Think about what they are saying because whether one like it or not insurance companies, FEMA and others that you are dealing with have guidelines so it is what it is. More than likely they are not going to change them in the middle of the game in your favor so you will have to accept what they offer because it is what it is.

Now before you get it twisted I was a flood victim in 1999 and in 2016.

Princeville NC – Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Senator Erica Smith-Ingram and Rep. Shelly Willingham Visited Tarboro NC To Talk To Flood Victims

Congressman Butterfield addressed what some feel are price gauging because hotels in Tarboro are charging more around 2 – 3 times more than what the rooms normally cost. Visit Congressman Butterfield Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/congressmangkbutterfield/
Joined Senator Erica Smith-Ingram and Representative Shelly Willingham to tour Princeville and Edgecombe County this evening. Recovery efforts are in full swing and we will come together to rebuild areas that were affected by flooding.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield's photo.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield's photo.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield's photo.

Photos/Video: Rocky Mount NC – Prayer Vigil For Slain Charleston South Carolina Victims Hosted By Congressman G.K. Butterfield NC 01 Tuesday June 30, 2015

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Prayer Vigil in Honor of Charleston 9 & Victims of Racial Injustice Featuring Congressman G.K. Butterfield

 

 

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Dear Friends:

 

I invite you to join me along with faith leaders for Together in Prayer:One Community United in Faith, a vigil to unite people from across the First Congressional District around a common purpose of healing and understanding.  The prayer vigil will be held on Tuesday, June 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the , 301 NE Main Street, Rocky Mount, N.C.

 

My heart is saddened for the families who have lost loved ones in the tragic murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and for their community.  I will be traveling to the funeral for Senior Pastor Reverend Clementa Pinckney to represent the First District and the Congressional Black Caucus.

 

Our nation is suffering through a difficult time, and we can only begin to truly heal our communities by coming together to address the larger issues of bigotry and racial injustice that sadly continue in our country.

 

I ask that you join faith leaders, your church family, friends and neighbors in prayer for the victims’ families and for all of us in eastern North Carolina to unite around a common purpose of repairing the damage to our communities.

 

Together in Prayer: One Community United in Faith

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Church of God of Deliverance

301 NE Main Street

Rocky Mount, N.C. 27801

 

This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information please contact my office at 919-908-0164.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

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G. K. Butterfield

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CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two AME Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to "Charleston Nine"

The Political Agitator’s response: If I didn’t have church at my church tomorrow I would be in Durham NC in the AM.

 


 

For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  June 20, 2015

 

Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

             Cell:    (202) 465.5125               


CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two AME Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to “Charleston Nine”

 

WASHINGTON, DC —  Tomorrow, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), will visit St. Joseph’s African Methodist Episcopal Church and Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, both in Durham, North Carolina, to express condolences to the “Charleston Nine” and the larger AME community.

 

Congressman Butterfield will bring remarks to St. Joseph’s AME Church at 8:00 AM and Emmanuel AME Church at 10:00 AM. 

 

Butterfield said, “It is difficult to comprehend that a house of worship, known for joy and tolerance, could become a scene of hate and tragedy.  My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences are with the families of the nine parishioners who lost their lives to cowardly and despicable violence.”

 

Full details follow.

 

WHAT: CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two African Methodist Episcopal Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to “Charleston Nine”

 

WHEN &WHERE:

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

St. Joseph’s AME Church

2521 Fayetteville Road

Durham, NC 27707

 

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Emmanuel AME Church

2018 Riddle Road

Durham, NC 27713

 

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PRESS RELEASE: CBC Chair Releases Letter to Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Expressing Concern over Comments Made by Gene Ryan

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May 5, 2015

Mr. Gene S. Ryan, President
Fraternal Order of Police
Baltimore City Lodge No. 3
3920 Buena Vista Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Dear Mr. Ryan:

I write to express my disappointment after reading your May 1, 2015 letter addressed to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. My professional career prior to being elected to Congress involved thirteen years as Resident Superior Court judge and two years as Associate Justice on the State Supreme Court, a total of fifteen years in the judiciary. My thirty year legal career and decade as a Member of Congress has provided me with insight into how our court system should work and the interplay between the individuals who have the responsibility to administer justice.

Your request for a Special Independent Prosecutor is illogical and unfounded in the law. Your statement that “none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray” is reckless and irresponsible. You do not have the ability to make those determinations. It will be a jury verdict of Baltimoreans that will decide these cases after the parties present substantial evidence of guilt or innocence, not the Fraternal Order of Police.

Your letter states that you have full faith in Ms. Mosby’s professional integrity yet you conclude that a conflict of interest exists by her office investigating the case. You specifically cite a personal and professional relationship between Ms. Mosby and defense counsel. You went on to state that the lead prosecutor has connections with the local media. And, finally, you recklessly state that the political career of Ms. Mosby’s husband will be impacted by her participation in these cases. These frivolous and inflammatory statements are repugnant to any citizen with knowledge of our criminal justice system.

Prosecutors in every jurisdiction across the country have relationships with the local bar but exercise their duty to prosecute cases without allowing those relationships to influence their zealousness in prosecuting the case. Rules of Professional Responsibility do not prevent a lawyer from participating in a case because of a friendship with the lawyer for the opposing litigant.

Mr. Ryan, you have an important responsibility to advocate for law enforcement officers who serve our communities. That responsibility requires you to be assertive and present relevant facts for fair consideration of the issues in controversy. Your sacred responsibility is violated when you make accusations that do not lead to actionable violations of the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

You have damaged the good reputation of your organization in writing the letter, releasing it to the media, and making accusations that amount to nothing more than propaganda intended to interfere with the proper administration of justice. Undoubtedly, prospective jurors have read your letter which suggests that you could be trying to improperly influence public opinion in these cases.

I respectfully ask that you reconsider your statements and make the necessary corrections. These are serious cases which should proceed to trial using the customary procedures involved in other felony cases in the City of Baltimore and jurisdictions across the country.

Thank you very much.

Very truly yours,
G. K. Butterfield
Member of Congress