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Gerrymandering opponents to march and rally on Wednesday in Raleigh

Bob Hall, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina  and a longtime leader in our state’s fight for fair and clean elections has the following message for those who care about ending gerrymandering in North Carolina:

Good people,

Grassroots citizen groups across the state are holding an emergency March for Voting Rights, Against Rigged Elections on Wednesday morning, October 4, the day the General Assembly reconvenes for a special session.

Democracy North Carolina is encouraging everyone who can to attend this important march in Raleigh.

As you know, the Republican-controlled General Assembly has tried to make it harder for us to vote. They’ve tried to adopt racially biased district maps to protect their own re-election. Now, on October 4, they are going after the courts with a bill to create new judicial voting districts  that will make it easier to elect the kind of District and Superior Court judges they want.

The bill will disrupt family courts, drug-treatment and guardian ad litem programs, adoption services, criminal courts, and juvenile justice programs. It would eliminate judges in Durham and other counties with significant African American populations. In fact, it creates new voting maps to replace Black judges with Republican judges in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Raleigh and many other cities.

This is an outrageous power grab by Republican lawmakers. It follows a whole series of attacks on our democracy and right to vote. That’s why grassroots groups are calling for this March, with the theme: “Stolen Votes, Silenced Voices.”

The March begins Wednesday at 10 am at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh 27601 (the same starting point for the H K on J marches).  It will proceed up Fayetteville Street to the State Legislature Building on Jones Street for a rally and press conference at 11 am.  You can then go inside to witness the General Assembly in action. (Note: No civil disobedience at this event.)

This will be a silent march to symbolize our Silenced Voices.  Black tape will be provided to tape mouths, as an option. Please wear a white or light-colored shirt to contrast with the tape or a black sash you bring to cover your mouth. We’ll have signs to carry, or bring your own with messages about fair maps, voting rights, protecting the courts, etc.

See you there!

Learn more on the event Facebook page by clicking here.

 

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