Lunch Links

Lunch Links: Voter fraud, the power of journalism, and an anti-fracking anthem (video)

It’s multiple-meeting-Monday, so let’s just dive right in to today’s belated Lunch Links.

First, a couple of must reads:  The Institute for Southern Studies has a fascinating look at Who’s driving North Carolina’s latest voter fraud hysteria?

Photograph by Renée C. Byer

Photograph by Renée C. Byer

Next up, many people are remembering Chuck Stone, who died over the weekend at 89, as a tenacious trailblazer. Brush up on his legacy by reading his obit in The Washington Post and this piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mother Jones has an interview with Thomas Nazario, the author of  Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor. The moving images by Renée C. Byer remind us of the power of photojournalism.

Continuing on the subject of great storytelling, 60 Minutes correspondents Steve Kroft and Lesly Stahl will speak Tuesday evening as part of the Bryan Series at Guilford College.

What else are we watching this week?

The NC Budget & Tax Center is out with a new report today that finds ensuring all drivers have a driver’s license, regardless of their immigration status, can improve public safety and provide an economic boost to our state.

The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meets tomorrow where members will hear several presentations including one on Read To Achieve Summer Reading Camps. For more background on that controversial law, check out this piece by Policy Watch education reporter Lindsay Wagner.

We’re a little more than a month away from the short legislative session, and many veteran educators are still wondering if they will see a raise this year. Rep. Grier Martin weighed in this weekend on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon:
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Education funding will also be front and center Friday when the UNC Board of Governors meets. NC Student Power Union will be outside petitioning the board to reduce tuition and increase financial aid incrementally so that, by 2020, the incoming class of all NC public universities will graduate free of student debt.

Also on Friday, bluesy folk rocker Marc Black promises to deliver an upbeat concert to benefit the work of the Frack Free NC Alliance. Black is perhaps best known for his anti-fracking movement anthem “No Fracking Way.”

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And we’ll leave you with one final reminder with today’s lunch links: Those wishing to vote in the May primary must be registered to vote by this Friday, April 11.

 

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