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Six things to have on your radar this week

#1 Challenging the General Assembly’s Building Rules This afternoon at 2:30pm in the Wake County Justice Center (Courtroom 10-B) attorneys representing the Forward Together Moral Movement and NC NAACP will challenge the constitutionality of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Building Rules and ask Judge Carl Fox to dismiss the criminal charges against their clients. The lawyers claim the Building Rules violate the Separation of Powers Clause of the North Carolina Constitution.

#2 Speaking-up about offshore drilling – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hosts an open house in Raleigh this afternoon on the Outer Continental Shelf leasing program. This is the only public hearing scheduled in North Carolina and the best chance for those opposed to offshore drilling to share their opinion with the BOEM.

The public hearing runs from 3:00pm – 7:00pm at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown 3415 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina.

#3 Activist and scholar Angela Davis at Duke – Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”

Davis speaks Tuesday at 7:00pm at Duke University Chapel as part of The Baldwin Scholars Program.

#4 Down on Jones Street – Two legislative committees to watch this week, ahead of the short session this spring:

  • Rep. Donny Lambeth and Sen. Louis Pate co-chair Wednesday’s 9:00am meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services.
  • Then at 1:00pm members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice will meet in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.

#5 Crucial Conversation – The Hyde Amendment was first introduced by an anti-abortion congressman in 1976 as a way to explicitly bar low-income people from accessing abortion care, and it’s been a provision tacked onto the federal budget ever since.

For 41 years, legal and safe abortion has been the only type of health care stigmatized and politically targeted in this way. And for 41 years, the tentacles of the Hyde Amendment have grown. In North Carolina in 2018, no federal, state, county or local government employees can obtain coverage for abortion care through their employee benefits; and
North Carolina residents who access their health care through the military, Indian Health Services or the United State Peace Corps volunteer program cannot have an abortion covered through that insurance.

This Wednesday’s Crucial Conversation on the Hyde Amendment includes representatives of three of the state’s leading advocacy groups for reproductive freedom. The event begins at noon at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.

#6 Trump in NC for Graham service – President Donald Trump will be in Charlotte Friday for the funeral of the Rev. Billy Graham.

Before the service, the body of the evangelist who died last week at the age of 99 will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and Thursday.

Civil rights activist and Alabama-native Rosa Parks was the last civilian to receive this honor in 2005 allowing Americans to pay their respects.

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