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Senate Candidate Erica Smith Calls For Supreme Court Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 10:02
Former state senator and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate  Erica Smith endorsed calls for the expansion of the U.S. Supreme Court.. 

 

"An illegitimate court (Neil Gorsuch & Amy Coney Barrett sit in stolen seats) is reviewing a law that was written by an illegitimate legislature and signed by an illegitimate Governor. Two men, Brett Kavanaugh and  Clarence Thomas who've been credibly accused of sexual misconduct may very well end the freedom of every woman, and childbearing person, in this country to make their own choices about their own body.
 
"While I urge the Supreme Court to overturn the Texas abortion ban, and Congress to codify Roe, I know that more is needed. Republicans have rigged the system, and packed the courts, so that corporations and dangerous ideologues can have their way. Given that our Democracy and our livelihoods are on the line, it's alarming that the other candidates in this primary have attacked and diminished the idea of expanding the court. We must meet this moment by expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court. It's the end of voting rights for Black and Brown communities, or it's expanding the court. It's our politicians being owned by dark money, or it's expanding the court. It's the end of Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights, or it's expanding the court.
 
"Expand the Supreme Court."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2021 10:07
 
Senator Berger Calls On NC Democratic Party Chair To Resign After Attack On Mark Robinson PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 October 2021 10:33
North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson called on her fellow Democrats to "curb Mark Robinson," a violent term the Southern Poverty Law Center associates with the "racist skinhead movement."

 

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, "We hear a lot about words being 'violence.' Well, the Democratic Party Chair today used a word actually associated with real violence to attack Mark Robinson, North Carolina's first black Lt. Governor. 'Curbing' has a long and vicious racist history, as does the North Carolina Democratic Party. By the standards outlined by the Democratic Party, it would be appropriate for the chair to resign." 
 
Below is the email, signed by Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson, calling on Democrats to "curb Mark Robinson."
 
In the first half of the 20th century, the Democratic Party beat and hanged black people in lynchings to keep them from attaining equal rights and political power.
 
In the second half of the 20th century and continuing to this day, the Democratic Party engages in "high-tech lynching" to keep black conservatives from gaining political power.
 
If a Republican called on fellow Republicans to "curb" a black man, the Democratic Party and its affiliated "non-profits" would be marching in the streets screaming "words matter."
 
Will they speak with equal vigor against the North Carolina Democratic Party Chair for attacking a black Republican with a word the Southern Poverty Law Center associates with vicious, violent racism?
Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2021 10:38
 
Equality NC Condemns Lt. Governor's Remarks On Transgender and Homosexualityand Refuses to Elevate Hate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 October 2021 10:26

The following statement was issued by Eqiality NC:

At Equality North Carolina, we have a policy of not uplifting or drawing more attention to damaging rhetoric, because we know it adds to a culture that harms the most vulnerable in our LGBTQ+ community. Unfortunately, over the weekend before Coming Out Day and during Anti-Bullying Month and LGBTQ History Month, national news picked up these types of statements from our own state’s lieutenant governor. These types of statements have negative, far-reaching impacts. 

In the past year, 42% of LGBTQ+ youth have seriously contemplated suicide; four Black trans women have been murdered in the state, three in Charlotte, making it the second most deadly city in the United States for trans people, and the North Carolina General Assembly attempted to pass three bills directly attacking LGBTQ youth, especially transgender youth.

We want to make it clear to our community: you are part of a legacy of powerful people with a history and culture worthy of your pride. You are not objects of disdain or sympathy, but rather we are all living humans with inherent worth and dignity. We are proud to be in community with you.

It is our responsibility to ensure the Lt. Governor does not get what he wants: more fame for his hateful rhetoric. That’s why you will see us taking the power back from his words, as has been our longstanding tradition as queer people. The bullies will not win. We will work to elect leaders who have the material interest of LGBTQ+ people in mind, who uplift our voices and experiences, and who will work with us to pass policies addressing the disparities our community faces. We need state and federal nondiscrimination protections, now!

In the meantime, we call on our state leadership to stop using our schools as battlegrounds and pass a budget that reflects how much we value our public schools and teachers.

t Equality North Carolina, we will continue to build LGBTQ+ power through advocacy, education, and uplifting the stories of queer and trans North Carolinians in pursuit of racial and social justice.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2021 10:28
 
Congressman Butterfield, Mayor Hardy, Rep. Farkas To Kick Off NC Democrats’ Tour to Highlight Help for Working People, PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 October 2021 10:20
The North Carolina Democratic Party’s press tour will reach voters across the state to localize President Biden and Democrats’ work over the last nine months to deliver for North Carolina’s working class and hold Republicans accountable for their opposition. The tour begins Monday, October 18. 
 
Over the past nine months, President Biden and Democrats have been hard at work passing the American Rescue Plan and finishing work on passing the Build Back Better agenda, historic investments that will create jobs, cut costs for working families and keep the economic recovery going. Meanwhile, the GOP have stood in the way and continue to prove time and again that there is no opportunity to help North Carolinians that trumps their singular goal of obstruction for political gain. If Ted Budd, Pat McCrory, or Mark Walker were in the U.S. Senate, North Carolinians can count on more of the same.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2021 10:22
 
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