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
The state Senate Judiciary I Committee just sent out a notice that it would take up the bill to repeal the Racial Justice Act (with the dishonestly named substitute that was rammed through the House this summer) next Monday at 2:30 pm.
Happy Holidays, folks! What’s next? A bill to repeal the First and Fourth Amendments scheduled on Chritmas Eve?
Today’s editorial in the Wilmington Star-News nails it. The only thing it’s missing is a scathing attack on Thom Tillis and Phil Berger for apparently embracing such reprehensible action:
“Prosecutors in North Carolina should remember that they owe allegiance to justice, not to their conviction record. It is unconscionable for anyone sworn to upholding justice to push for a law that could block justice from being done.
Yet that is exactly what North Carolina’s district attorneys are trying to do – again. They want the N.C. General Assembly, which is bent on having year-round sessions, to repeal the Racial Justice Act when they return to Raleigh on Nov. 27. They are likely to be supported by the new legislative majority; no Republicans voted for the 2009 bill. But repealing it would constitute an injustice. 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.
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