The NCGA has gone home for the summer; we'll share a session summary soon. Look for posts on Mon/Wed/Fri until early August. We’re giving ourselves a bit of a summer break while we compile updates on our districts and voter issues for the fall. Join us in welcoming a new writer today, as Michelle Craig joins our team! Michelle has been a volunteer with Stamp NC Blue since the start of our postcard initiative in February 2018. She is a public school advocate, parent, and teacher. Michelle has more than 15 years experience in education and public policy. She has joined Stamp NC Blue because she wants people to vote so their voices can be heard.
The whereabouts of more than 2300 children who were separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border has been on the minds of many people. North Carolina's Attorney General Josh Stein recently joined a law suit against the Trump administration questioning this "zero-tolerance policy." Despite an executive order to stop separating families, more than 2000 children have still not been reunited with their families.
On Saturday, June 30, thousands of concerned citizens joined 'Families Belong Together' marches in more than 700 cities across the U.S. including near the White House, in Washington D.C., across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, City, and locally in Raleigh.
At the rally in Raleigh, a pediatrician spoke about the 'toxic stress' experienced by children who have been separated from their parents. A local Raleigh resident told her story to the News and Observer about how it took her 13 years to become a U.S. citizen. She talked about how she contacted her representatives and senators stressing the importance of reuniting families.
Call your U.S. legislators to let them know what you think about reuniting families.
If you missed the 'Keep Families Together' march and want to help families who have been separated (or if you participated and want to do more), see our June 21st post for ideas.