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Five things to have on your radar this week

#1 DACA in Crisis; Panel Discussion
A panel of lawyers, activists, and students gather Monday evening at the FedEx Global Education Center in Chapel Hill to discuss the future for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. Panelists will discuss how to protect students and how to support the undocumented and ‘DACAmented’ community. Panelists include:
• Rubi Franco Quiroz, current UNC student and immigrant activist
• Raul Pinto, Attorney, Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center
• Yesenia Polanco, Raleigh-based immigration attorney
• Emilio Vicente, UNC alumnus and United We Dream organizer
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill. Learn more here.

#2 Protect health care, protect Medicaid – protest outside Sen. Tillis’ office
The so-called Graham-Cassidy bill is the latest bill seeking to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Health Care advocates and activists say if it passes in the Senate, it would destroy Medicaid as we know it.

On Tuesday, activists will gather outside Senator Thom Tillis’ office to continue to let him know that the vast majority of North Carolinians do not want cuts in Medicaid. Participants are pressing North Carolina’s Senators to strengthen, not weaken, the ACA. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh.

#3 Judicial Redistricting back in the spotlight
Rep. Justin Burr reconvenes the House Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting this Tuesday. The 1:00 p.m. meeting will be held in 544 of the Legislative Office Building.

As Melissa Boughton reported at last week’s meeting:

The House and Senate just might come to a deal when it comes to judicial redistricting and merit selection: pass them both and see what sticks.

Rep. Justin Burr (R-Stanly, Montgomery) said Tuesday after a House judicial redistricting committee meeting that a deal between the House and Senate in which Representatives pass judicial redistricting and Senators look at merit selection “could certainly be on the table.”

Follow Boughton’s live coverage of tomorrow’s  meeting on Twitter @mel_bough.

#4. – One-Stop Voting begins
Early voting begins on Friday for this year’s October elections. For more on the municipal elections, visit: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Elections/2017-Election-Information.

#5A monumental discussion
Friday morning will be the fall meeting of the North Carolina Historical Commission. While the commission’s meetings have drawn little attention in the past, look for a lot of interest this week after calls by Governor Roy Cooper and others to remove Confederate monuments from state grounds in the wake of deadly violence at a white supremacist rally over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

If you haven’t been following this issue, read Joe Killian’s piece with newly appointed commission member David Ruffin:

“There is no question that many of the monuments were erected during the Jim Crow era, through the last gasp of the Jim Crow era,” Ruffin said. “They were political monuments from the beginning. But as late as four or five months ago I said I hoped we didn’t have to go there with this controversy, because the country seems so torn apart in so many other ways. I just thought it was one more battle I hoped we didn’t have to fight.”

Then Charlottesville happened, Ruffin said, and opened his eyes.

“Charlottesville was so toxic, it really changed my mind about some of these things,” Ruffin said. “History and politics aren’t my profession – in fact, getting into some of this can be harmful in my profession. But you do know what is right and wrong. In this case, this is a runaway train. There’s no choice. You have to pick your battles – but in this case, you have to take a stand.”

Friday’s meeting of the state Historical Commission begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Archives and History/State Library Building in downtown Raleigh. You can find the agenda here.

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