Email from Vicki Ryder
~ raises the eligibility requirements for public preschool, making 30,000 poor kids ineligible;
~ terminates unemployment benefits for folks now currently eligible to receive them;
~ imposes sales taxes on necessities like food and non-prescription medications, while giving tax cuts to 23 favored millionaires;
~ mandates voter ID but prohibits the use of private college IDs as an acceptable form of identification. College students now may not vote in their school’s voting district; if they do, their parents will lose their $2,500 tax credit;
~ shortens the early voting period and eliminates Sunday voting and same-day registration;
~ makes it illegal for any city or town to pass environmental protection laws that are stricter than the State laws they enact. So, in other words, if the Governor lifts the current ban on fracking, then no town can pass a law barring fracking within their own town;
~ allows concealed weapons on college campuses, state property, greenways, bike trails, at sporting events, and in businesses that serve alcohol;
~ allows local school boards to approve charters and convert their own schools to a charter format, and allows districts to create schools operating under special curricula, budgets and admissions criteria. The so-called satellite schools would be able to “experiment with different pay models,” and districts could petition the State Board to waive the requirement that at least 50 percent of the school’s staff hold instructional certifications;
~ repeals a 2007 law (enacted when the Dems held the majority) that required power companies to obtain at least 10% of their power from renewable sources. The vote was done by voice only [all in favor say “aye”] with no counting of actual votes or record of who voted how. The chair, who declared that the “ayes” had it, refused all calls for a vote count;
~ makes it mandatory for minors to have notarized written permission from parents in order to receive reproductive counseling or abortions.
In addition, Gov. McCrory has refused to accept Medicaid expansion funds (federal funds from taxes paid by North Carolinians), rendering 500,000 more people ineligible to receive affordable health care. Even Florida’s Gov. Scott wasn’t that cruel.
Yes, the lead organization in our movement is the NC NAACP, and the movement is very much in the model of the civil rights demonstrations led by Dr. King. Today’s leader here is the Rev. Dr. William Barber, and he has many large and powerful Black churches working with him. These (and the white churches) are at the center of much community organizing here in North Carolina. But the key here is that they work in collaboration with 156 (!!!) other organizations that work for immigrant justice, labor and workers rights, health care, economic justice and development, environmental justice, community organizing and outreach, youth and education, LGBT rights, women’s rights, democracy and civil/human rights, peace advocacy, and media. [For a full list, just go to http://hkonj.com and click on Coalition Partners. It will blow your socks off!]
Rochester doesn’t need more street shootings, Mike. It just needs to get organized….
PS: You’re probably wondering why, if we’re so well organized, we ended up with the wrong super majority in power here. We’re workin’ on it….