Coming up this week…
On Monday, the North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central University, and AARP of NC will begin the third leg of the “Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina.” The state-wide tour of rural counties and inner city neighborhoods continues to put a face on poverty where North Carolinians have struggled to find work, decent housing, transportation, and sufficient food for their families.
Today in Raleigh, state legislators and advocates for women from across the state will gather to release NC Women United’s Legislative Report Card on Monday at 11:30am at NC Advocates for Justice.
The 2011 legislative session marked a dramatic shift in the NC General Assembly’s approach to public policy that promotes the health and security of women and their families. NC Women United, a coalition of organizations and individuals working to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women across North Carolina, has evaluated the progress of the 2011 General Assembly and has flagged unfinished business.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Nash Community College host a North Carolina Back to Work Job Fair this morning in Rocky Mount. Hagan will be talking with employers and job seekers alike as she and her staff gather ideas and initiatives that can help move the workforce out of the unemployment line and into a job. More than 60 employers have registered to participate in the event.
Still undecided about Amendment One? This evening, Tom Campbell, producer of NC SPIN, will moderates a discussion about Amendment One in Bay 7 of the American Tobacco Campus. Panelists include state Rep. Deborah K. Ross, UNC law professor Maxine Eichner and the Rev. Patrick L. Wooden Sr., pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ. The event will run from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Tuesday is May Day, celebrated around the world as international workers day. It originated in Chicago after the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, in which police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday.
This May 1st at Durham People’s Plaza, demonstrators will march and rally in Durham for worker’s rights, justice for immigrants, and more. Speakers will include representatives from NC AFL-CIO, Compassion Ministry, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), All of Us NC, NC Dream Team, and Black Workers for Justice.
Confused about what district you are voting in? Well this Tuesday a new “Voter Confusion Index” created by the election watchdog group Democracy North Carolina will be released. The Index evaluates the impact of redistricting and split precincts for all 100 counties. Only 15 counties survived the redistricting process with undivided precincts and the same legislative districts as voters saw in 2010.
Remember, if you have questions or experience problems with registering or voting, you can call toll-free the State Board of Elections at 866-522-4723 or the Election Hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE or 866-OUR-VOTE.
On Thursday in Winston-Salem, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) will hold a march and rally outside the R. J. Reynolds American shareholder meeting in Winston. For over 4 years FLOC has asked Reynolds American to meet with the farmworkers who harvest their tobacco to discuss how to put an end to the human rights abuses occurring in NC tobacco fields. While Reynolds continues business as usual, farmworkers continue to suffer from sub minimum wages, pesticide and nicotine poisoning, uninhabitable housing, lack of water and breaks at work, and fatalities.
This Saturday, early-voting draws to an end for the May 8th primary. Voters get to choose a Republican presidential nominee and candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and other Council of State positions. There are also primaries for Congress, the state legislature and judgeships, as well as the vote on Amendment One.
Curious about which candidates are the most environmentally friendly? Check out the candidate endorsements from NC League of Conservation Voters’ (NCLCV) Conservation PAC (CPAC).
At noon on Saturday, No H8 NC will hold a protest for marriage equality at the State Capitol Building and Legislative Plaza. The rally will run from noon until 3:00p.m. More than 1,000 are expected to attend according to the group’s event Facebook page.
The LGBT Center of Raleigh celebrates OUTRaleigh2012 on Saturday in downtown Raleigh. The theme of this year’s street festival is All Families Matter, a powerful message in advance of the May 8th vote on Amendment One. The family-friendly festival runs from 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at City Plaza.
And Saturday marks the start of the college graduation season for the Class of 2012. Erskine Bowles, one of North Carolina’s best-known public servants, will deliver UNC-Asheville’s commencement address. Bowles served from 2005 to 2010 as the President of the University of North Carolina system. In 1997–98 he served as White House Chief of Staff in the Clinton Administration. In 2010 he was appointed as the Democratic co-chair of President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with Alan Simpson.