North Carolina Government

North Carolina General Assembly

www.ncleg.net

Identify your representatives, learn how to contact them, see how they voted.

Wake County Board of Elections

www.wakegov.com/ELECTIONS

Find your precinct, see your specific ballot for the upcoming election.

Women’s Leadership

Lillian's List

www.lillianslist.org

Lillian’s List of NC helps elect pro-choice progressive women who are running for election to the North Carolina General Assembly and statewide offices by recruiting and funding viable women candidates; helping them to build and run effective campaigns; and mobilizing women voters to help elect progressive Democrats up and down the ticket across the state.

Lillian’s List recruits and identifies viable pro-choice progressive women candidates for the General Assembly, the Council of State and the Governor’s office and recommends these candidates to our members for support.

Recommendations are sent to more than 1,000 Lillian’s List members throughout the election cycle. These mailings include profiles that explain each candidate’s background and views on a variety of key issues. Lillian’s List members choose which campaigns to which to contribute. Contributions Lillian’s List recruits and identifies viable pro-choice Democratic women candidates for the are sent directly to the candidates’ campaign.

Candidates recommended by Lillian’s List are interviewed by our Candidate Committee to assess their potential and the viability of the campaign. It is also important to Lillian’s List that featured candidates share our members’ progressive values.

In addition to providing financial support to candidates, Lillian’s List partners with EMILY’s List in Washington, D.C. and Planned Parenthood of NC to train candidates and their campaign staff.

By gathering all our members’ contributions, Lillian’s List can give pro-choice progressive women’s campaigns a bigger cash boost and provide maximum political impact. Since Lillian’s List recommends viable, pro-choice Democratic women from across the state, Lillian’s List members become familiar with candidates whom they might not otherwise hear about. Please note that contributions made to candidates through Lillian’s List are sent directly to their campaigns.

NC Council for Women

www.nccfwdvc.com

The mission of the NC Council for Women is to advise the Governor, the North Carolina legislature and state departments on the issues impacting women in North Carolina by:

  • Raising awareness of the impact of violence against women and directing available resources to serve victims in communities across the State. Collecting and distributing information about the status of women in North Carolina.
  • Acting as a resource for local and regional Councils//Commissions for Women.
  • Collaborating with other groups and individuals working on behalf of women.
  • Assuring that necessary services, policies and programs are provided to those in need and strengthening existing programs.
  • Reviewing applications, awarding grants and monitoring programs providing self-sufficiency development for women and families in transition.
Women AdvaNCe

www.womendadvancenc.org

Women AdvaNCe is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of North Carolina’s women and families by providing education and encouraging constructive public dialogue about progressive ideas and public policy initiatives.

To achieve that goal, Women AdvaNCe provides research, information and training to:

  • Educate emerging women public leaders who have a firm commitment to reproductive health choices, empowering them to become powerful leaders who are effective in the democratic process.
  • Impact the quantity and quality of media coverage of women’s issues; shape the debate on NC issues critical to women and their families; and, subsequently amplify the effect on a National level
  • Develop bold new initiatives to benefit and support North Carolina’s women and their families
  • Empower citizens to become better civic leaders and more informed voters by providing education and opportunities for public dialogue.
  • Draw attention to regressive policies that are aimed at limiting women’s rights and negatively impacting their families.
Planned Parenthood

www.plannedparenthood.org

Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.

Based on these beliefs, and reflecting the diverse communities within which we operate, the mission of Planned Parenthood is

  • to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual
  • to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services
  • to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality
  • to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications
Women's Forum of North Carolina

www.womensforumnc.com

The Women’s Forum of North Carolina provides women of proven influence and high personal achievement opportunities for strengthening personal development through exchange of information, expertise, ideas and experience, as well as a strong support network. The Women’s Forum is a vehicle through which women are effective agents for constructive change by speaking out and taking action on public issues, through the development of potential women leaders, and as a force for the enhancement and enrichment of the lives of all women.

It is comprised of members who are committed to improving the status of women by attaining equal opportunities for women in education, the work force, social and civic responsibilities, religious life, corporate structure, government, the law and the arts.

In the press release dated October 13, 1976, a group of fifteen women leaders committed to the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) from North Carolina announced plans to organize the Women’s Forum of North Carolina. While that early release was not considered particularly newsworthy by North Carolina newspapers, now, many years later, the Women’s Forum letterhead commands considerable attention and respect among members of the media, legislators, corporate executives, and community leaders all across the state of North Carolina.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

http://www.aauw.org

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Nonpartisan Organizations

Democracy North Carolina

www.democracync.org

In our quest to help North Carolina citizens achieve meaningful pro-democracy reform, Democracy North Carolina engages in a variety of different overlapping activities, including:

Research that analyzes election-related problems, explores possible solutions and distributes our findings to targeted audiences as well as the media and other intermediaries. As part of this effort, we educate the public on our findings and the implications for their lives.

Organizing both statewide and in local communities, where we bring together diverse groups of people to focus on shared advocacy and civic engagement goals. Through these coalition-building activities, we are building a coordinated, effective, racially and politically diverse reform effort in NC.

Training that is conducted through our grassroots organizing network. We are developing local and statewide networks of informed citizens who are willing to pursue and defend meaningful pro-democracy policies and to take a more active role in government, including running for office themselves one day.

Democracy Summer, a unique training program that pays outstanding college students to work on the frontline of democracy for nine weeks each year, learning the fundamentals of grassroots organizing and empowering citizens to take part in the political process.

Each of these activity areas complements the other and contributes to our goal of expanding the effectiveness of organizations and individuals who are concerned about civic participation and government reform.

NC Council of Churches

www.ncchurches.org / sample report for distribution / website has legislative updates button, advocacy toolkit, free resources

NC Council of Churches is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society. The Council enables denominations, congregations, and people of faith to individually and collectively impact our state on issues such as economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, compassion and peace, following the example and mission of Jesus Christ.

The North Carolina Council of Churches is comprised of 27 distinct judicatories from 18 denominations. Across the state, our members have over 6,200 congregations with about 1.5 million congregants.

North Carolina Justice Center

www.ncjustice.org/ www.ncpolicywatch.org

The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s preeminent voice for economic, social and political justice. As a leading progressive research and advocacy organization, our mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.

To make opportunity and prosperity for all a reality, we work toward:

  • Jobs that are safe, pay a living wage, and provide benefits
  • Access to quality and affordable health care
  • Quality public education for every child
  • Consumer protections from abusive practices
  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Public investments that expand opportunities for economic security
  • A fair and stable revenue system that adequately funds public investments while fairly distributing tax responsibility
  • Fair treatment for everyone in North Carolina – regardless of race, ethnicity, or country of origin

The Justice Center’s effectiveness in advocating for policies that improve the lives of people in communities throughout North Carolina stems from our unique five-strategy approach, which enables us to attack problems with the most effective tools.

North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research

www.nccppr.org

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research is a 501(c)(3) independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the goals of a better-informed public and more effective, accountable, and responsive government. The Center identifies public policy issues facing North Carolina and enriches the dialogue among citizens, the media, and policymakers. Based on its research, the Center makes recommendations for improving the way government serves the people of this state. In all its efforts, the Center values reliable and objective research as a basis for analyzing public policy, independence from partisan bias and political ideology, the richness of the states diverse population, and a belief in the importance of citizen involvement in public life.

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research was founded in 1977 and is still one of only six independent, state-level policy centers in the country. Our founders believed that most of the important issues in future decades would be decided at the state level, and they’ve been proved right over the 34 years of our existence.

Our mission is to examine public policy issues that face North Carolina and enrich the dialogue among three constituencies — the public, the media, and policymakers. Based on our research, we sometimes make recommendations for improving the way government serves the people of this state. Our mission also includes a statement of core values that have sustained the Center over 34 years.

  • the value of reliable and objective research as a basis for analyzing public policy;
  • the value of independence, both from partisan bias and political ideology;
  • the value of the richness of the state’s diverse population; and
  • a belief in the importance of citizen involvement in public life.

The Center is governed by a 23-member Board of Directors designed to mirror the population of North Carolina in its proportions of men and women; African Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics; Republicans, Democrats, and Independents; from the East, West, and Piedmont. With our Board of Democrats, Republicans and Independents, there are no sacred cows in what we should study, and there are no predetermined results.

The Center publishes a citizen’s guide to the legislature and biennial rankings of legislators’ effectiveness, attendance, and roll call voting participation. It also publishes North Carolina Insight, which recently featured research on the future of community colleges in North Carolina, issues facing the elderly in N.C., and high school dropouts. In addition to publishing Insight, the Center issues book-length research reports, including a study of the powers and selection of the statewide UNC Board of Governors. Future studies are planned on issues affecting the aging, water policy, student financial aid, and mental health reform.

The North Carolina Center for Voter Education

www.ncvotered.com

The North Carolina Center for Voter Education is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and involving citizens so they may fully participate in democracy. The N.C. Center for Voter Education is a leading source for information on government, politics and elections in North Carolina, providing such public services as

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