Five things to have on your radar this week

#1 – Constitutional amendment on the fast track – Despite concerns voiced in committee last week, the NC House is prepared to give final approval to House Bill 1092 this afternoon allowing voters to amend the constitution and require a photo voter ID to vote in North Carolina. Qualified voters of the State would decide the issue during the general election this November.

Last week NC NAACP President T. Anthony Spearman detailed the harms of passing such a vague and discriminatory measure:

The House is also expected to pass another constitutional amendment (Senate Bill 677) this afternoon – protecting the right to hunt and fish.

Before the Senate goes into session, members of the Senate Judiciary committee are expected to advance two proposed constitutional amendments:

  • Strengthening Victims’ Rights (aka Marsy’s Law) (H551)
  • Judicial Vacancy Sunshine Amendment. (S814)

Judiciary meets at 1:00pm, with the full Senate in session at 1:30pm.

#2 – Close the Gap Advocacy Day -This year’s legislative session is quickly drawing to a close but health care advocates and activists gather Tuesday to continue the drumbeat and speak out on the positive impact that Medicaid expansion would have for North Carolina.

This day will include training/presentations by DHHS Secretary Cohen and Adam Searing of the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families.

Sen. Floyd B. McKissick will host a press conference on closing the coverage gap at 1:00pm in the legislative press room.

More on Tuesday’s Close the Gap Advocacy Day can be found here:

#3 – Learn more, ask questions about the latest NC pipeline – On the environmental front, Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate will hold three open houses this week to discuss the proposed pipeline that will cut across North Carolina.The open houses will occur:

  • Monday, June 25—5:30-7:30 PM, The Palladium, 1272 Plaze Drive, Burlington
  • Tuesday, June 26—5:30-7:30 PM, Reidsville Event Center, 223 S. Scales St., Reidsville
  • Thursday, June 28—5:30-7:30 PM, Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, 19783 US-29, Chatham, VA

The proposed route of Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate would enter North Carolina near Eden, travel just north of Reidsville and then through northwestern Alamance County before ending near Graham.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission representatives will be on hand to answer questions at these meetings.

#4Tuesdays with Tillis – El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano, Moms Rising, and others are co-sponsoring a protest tomorrow from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm to call attention to the continuing crisis of migrant children who have been separated from the families and President Trump’s cruel immigration policies.

This will be the 75th consecutive week of protests outside Senator Tillis’ office, and the 3rd consecutive week of rallies which have focused on the unspeakably cruel separation of families.  The protest will also focus on DACA.  This is expected to be the largest rally so far, and it will feature visual dramatization of the effect of Trump’s immigration policy.

“We have a President who calls immigrants “animals,” rips small children away from their mothers and fathers with no plan for reunification, and locks them in cages and in for-profit prisons.  We are fighting for the soul of America,” said Rev. Karen Ziegler, leader of the weekly Tuesdays with Tillis protests.

#5Families Belong Together – On Saturday, June 30, there will be rallies in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell President Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents, and reunite those who have been separated.

Concerned North Carolinians will march against the Trump administration’s cruel and unusual punishment of families fleeing their homes for better lives. Organizers say the intent is to show the world that North Carolina stands on the side of decency and humanity, not the callous tearing apart of families.

Saturday’s event begins at 10:00am at Raleigh City Plaza, located at 400 Fayetteville St. Raleigh with the event ending at Halifax Mall, 16 W. Jones St. Find more information here:

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