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Does the thought of investigating the judicial system in NC excite you? Do you wake up in the morning wanting to ensure a just and transparent court system through investigative reporting and related communications work?

Well, then we have a job for you!

NC Policy Watch, a media project of the North Carolina Justice Center, is searching for a Courts and Law Reporter.

Check out the job listing here.

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With the U.S. Supreme Court “split decision” today over Arizona SB 1070, We Are NC, an alliance of organizations and individuals working on immigration issues in North Carolina, will be holding a press briefing to address the impact of the SCOTUS decision on N.C. The Supreme Court struck down three provisions of the controversial Arizona law. They indicated that the fourth, dealing with how local law enforcement checks immigration status, could face further legal challenges.

WHAT: We Are NC telephonic press briefing for all media
WHO: We Are NC, with guests Jess George (Latin American Coalition), Alvaro Huerta (National Immigration Law Center), Raul Pinto (ACLU of NC), Angelica Velazquillo (an undocumented activist from North Carolina), and George Reed (NC Council of Churches).
WHEN: Monday, June 25, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dial-in Number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 969745

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
we.are.nc.online@gmail.com, 919-926-8459.

The SCOTUS opinion is available here.

We Are NC is also involved in planning a vigil response later tonight

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While the Obama administration has taken some steps in its stance on immigration issues, the U.S. Supreme Court continues to be somewhat sluggish in its decision regarding Arizona’s SB1070.

In similar spirit as protestors in Arizona, local NC groups and individuals in an alliance called “We are NC” will be holding events throughout the state, including an event in downtown Raleigh at 7pm in a “Teach-in and Silent Vigil.”

More information on the Raleigh event can be found on their facebook event page.

And also check out this documentary short following a local NC undocumented youth as part of a master’s thesis by UNC student Josh Davis. His full project, “the undocumentary,” here.

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Leading up to the major development from Washington regarding deportation of young immigrants earlier today were years of lives spent in the shadows. For Manuel Vasquez, a protest organized by the NC DREAM Team in September 2011 gave him a chance to “come out” into the light in civil disobedience. While the news today might be a step in the direction for a better tomorrow for the likes of Vasquez, short of a true DREAM Act, are their futures any less uncertain? And given the failure of previous attempts at prosecutorial discretion, how much will this benefit them?

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Yield: Love conquers everything; let us too, yield to love

This is the final piece in a series of videos by Mimi Schiffman on North Carolina’s Amendment One:

“You know, everybody says it’s just a word, but there’s more to it. There’s a feeling of belonging,” said Jeff Enochs of Charlotte, N.C. “I wanted my state to recognize that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Watch Jeff and his partner Brian Helms travel to Washington, D.C., the closest place they can legally marry.

The wedding is set to take place just weeks in advance of North Carolina’s primary, in which voters will decide whether to amend the constitution to read: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

Production: Mimi Schiffman
Music: Phil Cook & His Feat
Additional Camera: Ben Berry

Mimi Schiffman is a photographer, videographer and multimedia producer pursuing a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This work is a part of a documentary project she is producing on marriage equality for her thesis. The work is being released in the lead-up to the 2012 North Carolina primaries on May 8, 2012, where voters are asked to decide on a constitutional amendment which could render many established same-gender couples and their families legal strangers in the eyes of the law.

Mimi’s work is being posted on Huffington Post.