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Planned Parenthood Lauds Governor Cooper's Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:42
In a victory for reproductive health and rights, voters in North Carolina re-elected Gov. Cooper, a consistently strong champion for health care access. These results show that North Carolinians continue to elect leaders who will protect their access to reproductive freedom, every day and without fail.
 
Statement from Paige Johnson, Planned Parenthood Votes spokesperson in North Carolina:
“We are thrilled to congratulate Gov. Cooper on his victory. Gov. Cooper has made it clear throughout his time in office that he will always fight for our health care and reproductive freedom, and we were proud to mobilize our supporters and help re-elect him to lead North Carolina. This victory proves once again that voters want more access to health care, not less. Their overwhelming rejection of Dan Forest’s campaign, riddled in racism, misogyny, and fear mongering sends a resounding message to politicians like him — that we deserve better. Tonight, we celebrate this win, and we look forward to continuing to work with Gov. Cooper on protecting and expanding access to reproductive health care for all North Carolinians.”

 

Gov. Cooper has been a steadfast champion of expanding access to health care and beating back attacks on abortion in North Carolina since being elected in 2016. Whether it’s holding the line against attacks on abortion access from Republican legislators, fighting for Medicaid expansion, or advocating for affordable birth control, Gov. Cooper has always stood up for North Carolinians’ health care. He has a proven track record of protecting reproductive rights, trusting women, and allowing families to make decisions for themselves. He has also been a strong leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, taking swift action to put the health of our communities first and making decisions based on science, not politics.  

 

Planned Parenthood Votes in North Carolina successfully executed an over $2.4 million program to mobilize supporters to vote for champions for reproductive rights like Gov. Cooper up and down the ballot, and build on their power for the upcoming election. The program contacted more than a million voters in the state
Americans were clear about where they stood even before this election: nearly nine in 10 women in this country will use birth control in their lifetimes, 77% of Americans don’t want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, 70% of Americans favor ending the global gag rule, and a majority of young people — across political parties — support federal funding for abortions even though it is currently prohibited by the Hyde Amendment.   
 
People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote! and Poder NC Announce New Spanish-Language Radio Ad PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 October 2020 09:28
People For the American Way’s  "Latinos Vote" program and Poder NC announced a six figure Spanish-language statewide radio ad buy. The ad focuses on Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis and the impacts it’s had on the economy and jobs, especially in the Latino community.
 
Simply titled “Biden,” the 60 second ad began airing over the weekend in an effort to persuade North Carolina’s movable Latino voters to cast ballots for Joe Biden in a state that flipped from blue to red in the 2016 election. The ad will saturate the airwaves running through Election Day. 
 
PFAW is one of the first organizations to invest in reaching out to Latino voters in Spanish in North Carolina several cycles ago and is one of the only groups investing in Spanish-language media across the state in 2020. This ad buy is the only one up on Spanish language radio for the Presidential election on the independent side. 
 
There are an estimated 32 million eligible Latino voters nationwide and an estimated 338,000 eligible Latino voters in North Carolina, which represents 4.4 percent of the state’s electorate--enough to turn the tide in a state where in 2016, Trump won by less than 4 percentage points. This year Latino voters will be the largest racial or ethnic minority participating in a presidential election in the nation. 
 
“Latinos are more motivated than ever to defeat Trump,” said People For the American Way board member, civil rights and labor leader Dolores Huerta. “Four years of racism, anti-Latino, anti-immigrant political agendas that fuel hatred for our families is enough. We are doing everything to make sure that Latino voters show our strength at the polls and show what happens when you reach out to Latino communities in North Carolina and across this country.”
 
"It is not enough to have someone to vote against. Latinx voters, like other voters, want to know what to vote for and the truth is that a vote for Biden/Harris is a vote for dignity, a vote for decency and respect," expressed Irene Godinez, Founder and Executive Director of Poder NC Action. "We have a young Latinx community in North Carolina and our young people age into the electorate every single day. It is in the best interest of our state to invest in the civic education of our growing Latinx community so that they remain enthusiastic about participating in our Democracy as they have demonstrated so far in 2020. 
 
“Latino voters are critical in North Carolina if we want to win against Trump,” said President of People For the American Way Ben Jealous. “North Carolinians have watched for decades as the state has voted red. And Latino voters, who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, have had enough of Donald Trump, especially as he continues to mismanage the pandemic and cause more harm to Latino families who are struggling through this health and economic crisis. Latino North Carolinians have had enough."
 
“We can turn North Carolina back to blue if eligible Latino voters show up in record numbers at the ballot box,” said People For the American Way Political Director Lizet Ocampo. “Latinos Vote! and People For the American Way are deeply committed to reaching out and engaging the Latino community across North Carolina because Latino voters can help decide this election.”
 
Joe Biden Makes Statement On Plot To Kidnap Governor Whitmer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 October 2020 10:42

Earlier today, I spoke with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. I am grateful that she and her family are safe, and I commend the FBI and other law enforcement officers for their work to prevent this deranged act by emboldened domestic terrorists. 


As a nation, we are at a crossroads. We have come to a point where, despite our shock, we are not surprised that such a heinous plot was even conceived — a plot by Americans to blow up a bridge on American soil, threaten the lives of police officers and other law enforcement officials, and kidnap an American leader, take her hostage, and stage a mock trial for treason. It’s the kind of twisted plot we expect from ISIS, but now it’s here at home.

 

The words of a president matter. They can move markets. They can bring peace. They can bring war. They can heal divisions or incite violence. 

 

When Governor Whitmer worked to protect the people of her state from a deadly pandemic, and saved countless lives, President Trump issued a call to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” That call was heard. When protesters with Swastikas and Confederate flags, nooses, and assault rifles descended on Michigan’s capitol echoing the President’s own refrain to “lock her up,” President Trump called them “very good people.” He was heard, just as he was heard by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville three years ago, and again last week, when he told the extremist Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by."

There is a throughline from President Trump’s dog whistles and tolerance of hate, vengeance, and lawlessness to plots such as this one. He is giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate we see on the march in our country. 

We have to stop it.
 

I just spoke a few days ago in Gettysburg about the cost of division in this country and the need to stand up and shut down violence and hate. The moment has come. We need to come together for the country I know, for the country you know. We need to make our voice heard. 

 
Cooper Endorses Parker For 10th Congressional District PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 October 2020 13:56
Governor Roy Cooper endored U.S. Congressional candidate and former North Carolina Democratic Party Chair (2012), David Parker. Parker is running against 16-year incumbent Patrick McHenry in the new District 10, which includes Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Yadkin, Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, and parts of Forsyth County.
 
In his statement, Cooper wrote: "I support David Parker for US Congress in District 10 because rural North Carolina needs a representative who cares about the issues real North Carolinians are facing. David Parker is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work to fight for the needs of North Carolina: affordable healthcare, quality jobs and fair pay, and will protect the constitutional rights of Americans."
 
 
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