Category: Cody Henson

Transylvania Indivisible Issues an Urgent Call To Action: Tell Your Senators to Oppose Cuts to Early Voting

In recent years, through illegally gerrymandered voting maps and unconstitutional voting restrictions, politicians in Raleigh have attempted to hold on to their political power by undermining North Carolina voters’ access to the ballot. Unfortunately, they’re at it again.

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No Time for Ethical Ambivalence or Absence of Courage

Courage requires more than words, it requires action. And it requires taking action with the full knowledge that there would probably be consequences, both personal and public. True courage, according to Kennedy (“Profiles in Courage”), meant a willingness to live with those consequences — even if they meant electoral defeat.

Our state, and indeed, the nation, now face some of the most compelling moral and civic issues since the Civil War, and this is no time for Cody Henson’s ethical ambivalence and lack of political courage. Nor for ours.

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NC GOP in this Year’s Short Session… Self-Serving Reaches Shameless Depths.

The 2018 Short Session was a triumph for that part of the right wing that is attempting to create a permanent majority by changing rules to silence and diminish all opposition. Herein, current information and background, ignored legislative offerings, reading suggestions, and action notices. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -Thomas Jefferson.

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North Carolina Republicans Want a Constitutional Amendment to Require ID to Vote

House Speaker Tim Moore called the amendment a “commonsense measure to secure the integrity of our elections system.” But the Fourth Circuit found that stopping voter fraud was not a compelling rationale for the law, noting that “the State has failed to identify even a single individual who has ever been charged with committing in-person voter fraud in North Carolina.” (See related post, below.)

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‘Why are we competent to make this kind of decision on appointing judges?’ GOP lawmaker asks.

In yet another chapter of the NCGA attempt to hijack the NC judiciary, the current effort is to strip the governor of his constitutional right to appoint judges to fill vacancies. That is seen as the best way to restructure society,

Rep. Justin Burr, a Stanly County Republican who has been leading an effort to change election districts for judges across the state, resurrected a House proposal to change how some judicial vacancies are filled.

Under the plan, which has not yet gotten Senate approval, the legislature would fill vacancies on the district court and for special judges.

Currently, the governor fills vacancies in the district courts, which handle traffic cases, custody disputes and misdemeanor criminal charges. Attorneys in the district where the post is vacant make appointment recommendations, but the governor can choose someone not on the list.

Judges who are appointed then must stand for election, and Republicans interested in changing the process say that gives Cooper too much of a hand in the judicial process.

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North Carolina GOP motto: If you can’t win your case, rig the courts

North Carolina Republicans have been fighting for gerrymandered districts and suppressive voting laws for years. They’ve won too many victories. But they’ve also faced major defeats, principally in court. As Republicans await adjudication of a new round of critical cases—some dealing with their outrageous power-stripping moves against Gov. Roy Cooper (D)—they’ve changed their focus from laws to judges. Republicans’ sallies against individual judges are getting bolder (and more appalling).

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Voter Purges: The Risks in 2018

Voter purges — the often controversial practice of removing voters from registration lists in order to keep them up to date — are poised to be one of the biggest threats to the ballot in 2018. Activist groups and some state officials have mounted alarming campaigns to purge voters without adequate safeguards. If successful, these efforts could lead to a massive number of eligible, registered voters losing their right to cast a ballot this fall. This threat walks hand-in-hand with the current Republican legislature’s attempt to suppress the vote by gerrrymandering on racial and partisan lines.

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Support an Independent Judiciary

Last October lawmakers in Raleigh CANCELLED the primary election of judges in 2018. This means that your 2018 ballot will be chaotic and will be nearly impossible for voters to make informed decisions when voting for judges. The cancellation of this election is just one step in the Republican plan to rig our courts in their favor. Last week, the General Assembly came back to Raleigh with schemes to dismantle independent courts. And in the face of hundreds of protesters from across the state, the politicians backed down, left town, and did nothing.

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    06/01/2018-06/21/2018

    The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

  • 02

    All day
    06/02/2018-06/21/2018

    The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

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    All day
    06/03/2018-06/21/2018

    The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

  • 04

    All day
    06/04/2018-06/21/2018

    The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

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    All day
    06/05/2018-06/21/2018

    The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

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