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Community leaders and activists from organizations such as SpiritHouse, the Durham NAACP and the N.C. NAACP will gather 8:30am tomorrow morning at the Durham County Courthouse to bring attention to the case of Stephanie Nickerson, a U.S. Navy veteran and alleged victim of police brutality.

Nickerson, 25, advised her friend against an unwarranted search of a home by police responding to a disturbance call on October 28, 2012.

In an ABC11 interview, she said, “He was like put your arms behind your back, and I jerked my arm away and said no I haven’t done anything wrong. And immediately after I jerked my arm back he threw me on the ground, he held me by my neck, and punched me repeatedly in my face and head.”

Here’s the complete report from ABC11:

Nickerson’s case might not be an isolated incident as a report by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice suggests a disturbing trend over the past decade of racial disparities in police encounters with minorities. Read More

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Today is National Voter Registration Day, with voter registration drives taking place across the country, from college campus to credit unions, grocery stores and art museums.

You can find a voter registration event today to register yourself or a friend (or update your voter record with your current address) by searching here by zipcode: http://events.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/events.

Voter registration forms are also available for download at the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.

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NPR has a story today detailing some challenges faced by voting-eligible Asian American citizens.

From name confusion by officials to communication barriers, frustration and other difficulties may discourage or deny the rights of eligible voters.

Enacting Voter ID legislation in North Carolina will prove to be detrimental to the voter rights of minority communities in the state.

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As people here in North Carolina are scrambling getting ready for the DNC in Charlotte, down in Florida the GOP are starting their convention, already delayed by Isaac.

For those interested, here is a round-up of what all you can find on TV coverage.

YouTube has also put together this really cool page for politics that presumably will cover both conventions and the rest of the election season this year: YouTube Politics.

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The NC Justice Center has put together some resources, fact sheets, links and events on the deferred action process for young immigrants, based on the information released by the Department of Homeland Security this past Wednesday, Aug. 15.

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will not deport young people from the U.S. who meet certain requirements. Those who qualify will be given “deferred action” and will be eligible for work authorization.

Who is eligible?

An individual must prove they meet the following criteria:

  • came to the United States under the age of 16;
  • has continuously resided in the United States for a least 5 years before June 15, 2012 and was present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
  • is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a GED certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
  • was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

Find out more by visiting the website here: http://www.ncjustice.org/deferred-action