Yesterday’s Debacle in the NC General Assembly
At last night’s Dinner, Drinks & Discussion, much of our conversation was about the shameful shenanigans of our Republican lawmakers as they rammed through a bill that not only denies people basic human rights but also shreds the independence of municipalities and cities in their local policy-making.
Rob Schofield with NC Justice Center sums it up insightfully in his piece on today’s Progressive Pulse blog. Entitled “ Two remarkable and disturbing truths about yesterday’s special discrimination session,” he notes two seminal truths about the forces behind the bill: 1) several lawmakers who voted for the bill did not support it and did not want to be in Raleigh at all, and were ashamed of the actions of their party; and 2) the confused bullies from laughably misnamed groups like the North Carolina Values Coalition and the North Carolina Family Policy Council do not acknowledge that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are human beings or that they even exist.
Many of our lawmakers (including a handful of Democrats who voted for the bill – shame on you!) are concerned not with the welfare of our state and its citizens but about their personal ambition and will vote as they are told rather than stand up for what they know to be moral and fair. I have a difficult time even fathoming their stunted beliefs around sexuality and resent their power to impose them on the thinking, compassionate people of this State.
See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.
Additionally Chris Fitzsimon dissects the various aspects of both the bill and the process used to get it approved in his Fitzsimon File article, The shameful legacy of the special legislative session. Check it out at: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/
As we all know, an election is not really over until the provisional and absentee ballots have been counted. We are thankful to have Carol Atwood, George Frink, and Siobhan Millan representing us at the Wake County Board of Elections as it canvases the over 8000 provisional ballots cast in the Primary Election. Mark Ezell is the Democratic member of the WCBoE. He has been a true asset to the people of Wake County. He is an excellent listener, an innovative thinker, and a strong negotiator. Thank him the next time you see him. We’ll be sure to let you know what we learn from Carol, George, and Siobhan about the role provisional ballots played in Wake County for the Primary Election held March 15.
Trainings – Sign up at www.youcanvote.org under Events
March 26 — Voter registration training from 10am-noon. Training will be held at Advance Community Health, 1011 Rock Quarry Road. We would love to see you there. The training is dynamic with role-play and covers voter education as well as registration. To sign up please go to: http://www.youcanvote.org/
April 10 – Voter registration training from 11am-1pm
Beth Meyer Synagogue
504 Newton Road, Raleigh, 27615
Current VR Drives – Sign up at www.youcanvote.org under Events
Catholic Parrish Outreach
1203 North Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh 27604
- April 5 – 10am-noon
- April 7 – 10am-noon
- April 12 – 10am-noon
- April 14 – 10am-noon
- April 19 – 10am-noon
- April 21 – 10am-noon
1309 Capital Blvd., Raleigh 27603
- April 5 – 10am-noon
The Food Cupboard
621 W. Holly Springs Rd., Holly Springs 27540
- April 7 – 2-4pm
- April 14 – 2-4pm
Alliance Medical Ministry
101 Donald Road, Raleigh 27610
- April 9 – 9:30-11:30am
We have our first location for VR in Cary, Dorcas Ministries, thanks to Rose Hollinshead. Please keep thinking about good locations where you have contacts; churches, senior centers, health clinics, after school programs.
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