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Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on Rosh Hashanah PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 18 September 2020 17:07
Rosh Hashanah reminds us of the power of hope, the importance of faith, and the unyielding belief that our best days are ahead of us. For Jewish communities across America and around the world, these 'Days of Awe' are an opportunity to stop and reflect on what each of us can do to perfect our union and repair our world.
 
Each year, the High Holidays compel all who celebrate to reexamine their lives and ask a simple question: what kind of person do I wish to be? It is the same question that all of us — Jewish or not — should ask ourselves in this moment of widespread struggle and pain. What kind of people do we wish to be? What kind of country do we wish to be? The message of Rosh Hashanah compels all of us to forge a future of kindness and compassion. It calls us to fulfill our responsibilities to treat our fellow human beings with dignity, decency, and respect. It inspires us to make real the promise of our values by protecting public health; preserving our planet; working toward racial equity; stamping out anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; reaffirming our identity as a nation of immigrants; and pursuing peace and security at home, in Israel, and throughout the world.
 
I know how much Jewish families wish they could gather side-by-side at the dinner table tonight, dip apples in honey to invoke a sweet new year, and sit with old friends in their usual seats at the synagogue. That can't happen right now, and I recognize how painful that can be. But the tradition of the High Holidays reminds us that we can find purpose in our pain, solace in our sorrow, and hope in the face of adversity.
 
As the calendar shifts to 5781, I join with Jewish Americans in looking forward to a new chapter of purpose, solace, and hope — a year of progress and possibility, of light and love. May all who celebrate have your prayers heard and your faith rewarded, and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life. On behalf of Jill, Kamala, Doug, and each of our families, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and sweet new year. Shana Tova.
 
NC House Democrats Raise More than $1.5 million during Fall “Day of Giving” Event PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 September 2020 17:03
RALEIGH - The North Carolina House Democratic Caucus raised more than $1.5 million between Caucus fundraising, Member fundraising and Candidate fundraising, completing the single largest day of fundraising in Caucus history, smashing a record set previously this year. 
 
“The House Democratic Caucus has continued to set fundraising records this cycle because our message of building a brighter North Carolina is resonating,” said Amanda Eubanks, NC House Democratic Caucus Deputy Director. “Voters from Murphy to Manteo know what’s at stake in this election and we are going to continue fundraising, organizing, and communicating through November 3 to put an end to the NC GOP decade of corruption.” 
 
North Carolina joined forces with legislative caucuses in Texas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. The effort combined social media as well as partnerships with national organizations, including a Broadway star and Governor Roy Cooper, participation from Fight For Reform, End Citizens United, Let America Vote, the DLCC, National Democratic Redistricting Committee and others. 
 
“After another deceitful week from Republican House Leadership we are doubling down in our efforts to flip the House in November,” said Dana Walton, NC House Democratic Caucus Executive Director. “Health care, education, fair maps are all on the ballot and hardworking North Carolinians deserve leaders in Raleigh who are going to put their needs over special interests.” 
 
The North Carolina House Democrats are working to flip six Republicans held seats to retake the chamber majority this November, and move North Carolina forward. 
 
"We are proud to stand with the NC House Caucus and our incredible slate of candidates in this effort,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “North Carolina Republicans have been a model for the worst behavior in the country, from refusing to expand Medicaid and give health care to more than half a million North Carolinians to defunding public schools and leaving them to scramble, and they've used extreme partisan gerrymandering to keep voters from holding them accountable for their extremist record. If we flip the North Carolina House, we can stop gerrymandering in its tracks and give North Carolinians the new leadership they deserve.”    
Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2020 17:06
 
Biden for President Releases New Batch of Battleground and National Ads for Black America PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:41
Biden for President released a new batch of ads nationally and in battleground states, including Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, that address the concerns of millions of Black Americans who fear their lives are at risk under a second Trump administration. 
 
Airing nationally on television and digital platforms, the new ‘Shop Talk’ ad series incorporates socially distanced conversations among Black men at a Black-owned barber shop in North Carolina. The first two 30-second ads of the series, “Shop Talk Our Right” and “Shop Talk Trust” showcase Black men discussing their support for Vice President Biden and Senator Harris and trusting in their leadership to guide Americans to a better tomorrow. 
 
"’We see what this President's currently doing. We've got 170,000 Americans dead because of COVID. There's this lack of trust,’ explained Antoine, one of the Black men featured in the ‘Shop Talk Trust’ ad,” as reported by CBS News.
 
“One ad in particular features Malik Gary, a 22-year-old essential worker from Tallahassee, Florida who has no choice but to take risks associated with COVID-19 in order to keep his job,” as reported by BET. “Gary mirrors many Black millennials in the fact that he is not just sitting back and waiting for the world to change. He wants to be a part of that change.”
 
“The Biden-Harris Build Back Better platform is one of the most comprehensive economic reinvestment plans I’ve ever seen from a presidential campaign,” Milliones told Essence. “The commitments made to invest billions into Black businesses, small business and low-moderate income communities is pivotal and should be taken seriously.” 
 
The latest ad release shows the campaign’s continued push to reach Black voters while offering a snapshot of how different groups of Black Americans are dealing with the reality of the current moment. The ads are all part of Vice President Biden and Senator Harris’ commitment to earning every vote from Black Americans and the campaign’s investment in African American media, which is the largest ever for a general election campaign.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:44
 
North Carolina Democrats Praise Joe Biden’s Plan for Racial Equity PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:36
Joe Biden released the Biden Plan to Build Back Better by Advancing Racial Equity Across the American Economy. COVID-19 has shed light on the racial disparities that are deeply rooted in the United States, and Joe Biden’s plan outlines key steps for addressing the lack of equal opportunity for Black and brown Americans.
 
Here’s what Biden’s plan would do for North Carolinians:

 

Joe Biden will reform opportunity zones to ensure they serve black and brown communities, small businesses and homeowners. In North Carolina, twice as many Black and Hispanic residents live below the poverty line as white residents.

 

Joe Biden will strengthen the federal reserve’s focus on racial economic gaps and empower the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to fulfill its mission and address workplace discrimination. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more Black and Hispanic North Carolinians have lost their jobs than white North Carolinians.

 

Joe Biden will expand access to $100 billion in low-interest business loans by funding state, local, tribal and non-profit lending programs in Black and Brown communities. As a result of COVID-19, 41% of Black-owned businesses nationwide have been forced to shut down. In North Carolina, many minority owned businesses did not receive funding to keep their doors open. 

 

Joe Biden will make significant investments in educational institutions and programs that are designed to elevate Black and Brown students. For the 2018-2019 school year, white students were twice as likely to score “career and college ready” on exams than their Black peers.
 
“Today, Joe Biden released a bold plan for achieving racial equity in the United States,” said State Senator Natalie Murdock. “As a small business owner myself, I know that COVID-19 has impacted Black and brown owned businesses disproportionately, which is why I’m proud that Joe Biden plans to invest $150 billion through a Biden Small Business Opportunity Plan. COVID-19 shed light on the racial disparities that communities of color have fought for years. Biden recognizes the need for a long-term plan for communities of color that will not only support our most vulnerable during COVID-19, but for years to come.”
 
“Joe Biden’s plan for racial equity strives to give every American a fair shot, no matter their race,” said Wake County Soil and Water District Supervisor Nervahna Crew. “Biden’s focus on racial equity in the fourth plank of his Build Back Better Plan is a welcome commitment after four years of Donald Trump — who has spewed hatred from the Oval Office and turned his back on communities of color. Joe Biden is dedicated to removing barriers to participation in our economy by making bold investments in home ownership for families of color and supporting second chances.”
 
“Our country is facing two crises right now — COVID-19 and systemic racism,” said State Representative Zack Hawkins. “Joe Biden knows that we are at a critical juncture in history, and we have a responsibility to combat the pervasive and dangerous biases that are killing Black Americans at every turn. We are far beyond the point when bold, sweeping action is vital. Biden’s plan does not shy away from the harsh realities of racial disparities; he tackles them head on by addressing racial inequity with concrete steps and a commitment to deliver long overdue reforms.”
 
"Our nation was founded on the principle of ‘all men are created equal.’ But for too long, ‘all men’ left far too many people behind,” said Pat Timmons Goodson, Congressional Candidate NC-08. “Joe Biden knows this, and his plan today focuses on leveling the playing field for Black and brown people across the country. His plan directs investment in those who have been denied resources and racial equity in the American economy. With Joe Biden’s plan, all people will have equal access to opportunities, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or zip code.”
 
 
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