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ACLU Legal Director, discrimination case plaintiff, national small business expert to join Charlotte’s Mayor Roberts at tomorrow’s luncheon

Mayor Jennifer Roberts

Mayor Roberts

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Rick Glazier

Chris Brook

Chris Brook

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Joaquín Carcaño (at right with fellow plaintiff Angela Gilmore)

Tim Gaudette

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A few seats still remain for tomorrow’s special Crucial Conversation with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on the state’s decision to overturn her city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

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We’re also happy to announce that tomorrow’s event will feature introductory remarks by N.C. Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier as well as brief presentations by three additional experts on the controversy:

Chris Brook — Brook is Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where he oversees the organization’s legal program and its work on a wide range of constitutional law issues, including LGBT rights, racial justice, and religious liberty.

Joaquín Carcaño — Carcaño is a UNC-Chapel Hill employee and plaintiff in the lawsuit filed filed early this morning by the ACLU, Lambda Legal and Equality NC.

Tim Gaudette — Gaudette is Outreach Manager at nationally-based Small Business Majority — a business-run group that helps debunk right-wing mythology and stereotypes regarding the needs and opinions of American small businesses.

Hope to see you there.

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Don’t miss Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts at next Tuesday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon

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N.C. Policy Watch invites you to a special Crucial Conversation luncheon:

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts: Why the General Assembly should not repeal my city’s nondiscrimination ordinance

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In this most volatile of election years, there have been a lot of efforts by cynical politicians to manipulate voters with misinformation regarding importa

nt issues. Here in North Carolina, however, it will be difficult to top the efforts by state leaders to misrepresent and disparage the city of Charlotte’s new nondiscrimination ordinance.

As multiple news outlets have reported, their most prominent tactic has been to assert that a provision in the ordinance that allows transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity is somehow a threat to children and will open the door to sexual predators.

As Chris Fitzsimon recently noted:

“It’s nonsense of course. As you have read here before, roughly 250 local governments across the country, including Columbia, South Carolina, have similar rules in place and there haven’t been any problems….But this isn’t about evidence or public safety. It is about politics, rallying the far-right religious base with a divisive social issue.”

According to multiple reports, the General Assembly may even call itself into special session prior to its scheduled April 25 return to overturn the ordinance.

Join us as we discuss this important issue with an elected leader at the center of the battle: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

Mayor Roberts was raised in Charlotte, and now she and her husband, Manley, are also raising their two children there as well. During her professional career, she has worked as a diplomat for the US Department of State, serving in the Dominican Republic as a consular officer and then as a political officer on the Mexico Desk.

During her years in Charlotte, Roberts has been Director of the Mayor’s International Cabinet, a lending officer in International Corporate Banking at First Union, and executive director of the Charlotte World Affairs Council. She has also served on the Mecklenburg County Commission as a member and chairperson. She was elected Mayor in 2015.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from this important leader on this controversial matter.

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When: Tuesday, March 29 at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: North Carolina Association of Educators Building, 700 South Salisbury St, in downtown Raleigh

Parking is plentiful at this venue, but space for the event itself is limited – preregistration is required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

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Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

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NC Policy Watch comes to Charlotte next week

If you live in or near the Queen City, we hope you can join us for a special N.C. Policy Watch Crucial Conversation next Thursday. Here are the details:

Immigrants in North Carolina: Where do things stand? Where do we go from here?

Featuring Patrick McHugh of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center and Raul Pinto of the N.C. Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project

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With 2016 election campaigns already well underway, immigrants and immigration policy are, for better or worse, front and center in the national and state political debates. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has more than to do with fear than truth. Given this backdrop, there is a greater need than ever for caring and thinking people to be armed with the facts.

Patrick McHugh

Dr. Patrick McHugh is the N.C. Budget and Tax Center’s Economic Policy Analyst. At the BTC, McHugh conducts research and analysis on issues related to the economy and economic policy. Earlier this year, he authored a special report entitled “Smart Choices in an Era of Migration” which examined how the growing immigrant population in North Carolina has contributed to the economic vitality of the state. Immediately prior to joining the Budget and Tax Center, Patrick served as a Fiscal Analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly where his duties included economic impact modeling, tax and appropriation analysis, and monitoring economic development policy.

Raul Pinto

Raul Pinto is a staff attorney at the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrants and Refugees Rights Project where he represents low-income individuals negotiating the immigration system. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Raul worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. At the ACLU, Raul’s work focused on investigating violations of civil rights with an emphasis on immigrants’ rights, racial justice and community interaction with law enforcement. Raul has also conducted extensive public education about constitutional rights to Spanish speaking audiences and developed written materials about about the rights of immigrants and protecting civil liberties.

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When: Thursday, March 3 at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Harris Hall at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. in downtown Charlotte

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

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Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

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RSVP today for lunch next Wednesday with pollster Tom Jensen

N.C. Policy Watch presents the first Crucial Conversation luncheon of 2016:

A conversation with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling

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With the 2016 election campaign already well underway and early voting for the March 15 North Carolina primary scheduled to commence March 3, this is an excellent time to get fully up to speed on where things stand and what’s likely to happen. Please join us as we discuss these issues and more with one of America’s premier pollsters, Tom Jensen of Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling.

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Tom is the Director of Public Policy Polling and oversees its day to day operations. During his time at PPP he has been a frequent guest for television and radio stations across the region and has been called on for expert analysis by publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and U.S. News and World Report. He writes for PPP’s blog and Twitter account in addition to crafting the content for most of its surveys. He is an honors graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he wrote his senior thesis about black candidates for statewide office across the country in the early 21st century.

Don’t miss this very special event!

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When: Wednesday, January 27 at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com