Coming up this week…

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 this week Move To Amend’s national “Barnstorming Tour” in cities across North Carolina. 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. Follow the following links to learn more about their presentations this week in Fayetteville, Greenville, and Raleigh.

Monday evening at Rockingham County Community College, Clean Water For North Carolina and the Dan River Basin Association will discuss the possible impacts of fracking on our state. Last week, Republicans in the legislature voted to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill that will allow hydraulic fracturing as a means for mining for natural gas.

On Tuesday the North Carolina Utilities Commission will meet and review the merger of Duke Energy Corp. and Progress Energy Inc. The meeting follows last week’s surprising news that Progress Energy Chief Executive Bill Johnson was out as CEO of the new company and was being replaced by Duke Energy Chief Executive Jim Rogers. The management shake-up came just hours after the merger cleared its final hurdles.

On the heels of the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State Legislative Briefing  on Tuesday morning. Invited speakers include: Sen. Bob Atwater, Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, Rep. Bill Faison, Rep. Joe Hackney, Rep. Larry Hall, and Rep. Verla Insko. The briefing runs from 8-10 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, at the Chapel Hill Country Club.

Congress comes back from its July 4th recess this week, and topping the agenda for Republicans is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has pledged to take up a vote to repeal the ACA on Wednesday. Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health care mandate, on the basis that it amounts to a tax.

Wednesday evening in Asheville, Equality NC along with the Campaign for Southern Equality and local attorneys will sponsor a workshop on “What Amendment One Means for You and Your Family,” the first of a series of statewide community law workshops designed to provide the latest information about the legal landscape for LGBT families following the passage of Amendment One.

The event will be held from 6:30 – 8:00p.m. at Friendship Hall, First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak Street, Asheville, NC. For more information, please contact Campaign for Southern Equality at info@southernequality.org or 828-761-1224.

People of southeastern North Carolina are coming together Thursday to show their state representatives that they do not accept their offer to allow fracking in the state of NC. The protest will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday in Wilmington at the College and Oleander intersection. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/430762906947050/.

Make plans Thursday evening to join the North Carolina Center for Voter Education for a recap of this year’s General Assembly session in Raleigh.Those who are interested in knowing exactly what happened during the budget process, if we can expect fracking anytime soon or what became of eugenics compensation in North Carolina, then join the Center on Thursday, July 12, at 7:00p.m.

An expert panel will discuss the ins and outs of the 2012 short session and answer any questions from the audience. The event will be held in Room 202 of the Cameron Village Regional Library at 1930 Clark Avenue in Raleigh. For more information email Brent at laurenz@nccve.org or call 919-783-8811.

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