A Strange Spirit: Legislative Racism, Classism and Regression Rather Than an Agenda of Legislative Progress and Prosperity for All North Carolinians
Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II – President, North Carolina NAACP
The General Assembly is required by law to follow the North Carolina Constitution which states in Article 1, Section 2 “all political power is vested in and derived from the people…and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.” They should be upholding Article 1, Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution, which ensures “no person shall be denied equal protection of the laws; nor shall any person be subjected to discrimination by the State because of race, color, religion, or national origin.” The Constitution calls us to a higher place where a “divide and conquer” strategy has no place.
Despite the noble call of our Constitution there is a strange spirit in the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly. Read More…
There will be a press event in the state Legislative Building tomorrow to respond to the latest effort by prosecutors to undermine the Racial Justice Act. In the mean time, read this letter from the NC Advocates for Justice and the NC NAACP to get some of the real scoop.
This the NAACP’s statement on the redistricting lawsuit filed today.
NC NAACP EXTENDED STATEMENT REGARDING RACE-BASED REDISTRICTING MAPS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2011
DURHAM – Earlier this week, after spending 60 days looking at a cleverly designed scheme to resegregate voters in North Carolina, the U.S. Department of Justice informed us that the U.S. Attorney General did not “interpose any objection” to the scheme. The next sentence in the letter said, “However, we note that Section 5 expressly provides that the failure of the Attorney General to object [to a redistricting scheme] does not bar subsequent litigation (our emphasis) to enjoin the enforcement of the changes.”
That is what we did this morning at Wake Superior Court in Raleigh, NC. Read More…
Open Letter to Chairperson Ron Margiotta, Wake County Board of Education, Superintendent Anthony Tata and the Public
Postpone the Vote, Promote Unity, Prepare for the Future
As the Wake County School Board prepares to vote on a student assignment plan tomorrow evening, the North Carolina NAACP makes several observations that insist the school board postpone the vote: Read More…