Happy new year and happy new NCGA! Gone is the Republican veto-proof super-majority in both chambers! OUR GET OUT THE VOTE POSTCARDS HELPED BREAK THE SUPERMAJORITY! We celebrate by welcoming our friends in the NCGA (old and new) that support our progressive values. The House and Senate convene on Jan 9 at noon for a one-day organizational session. During this session they will "elect officers, adopt rules and otherwise organize the session." The long session will begin on Jan 30.
Our spirits are up because there will be enough Democrats to uphold the governor's vetoes (although Republicans will still control what bills advance through committees and to the floor). We must not forget that there is more to do before 2020 to get a Democratic majority in at least one chamber and WE WILL DO IT TOGETHER! We can start in 2019 by showing up! There are many opportunities and events coming up where you can learn more to help educate others and show your support.
Want to find more ways to fight for voters in 2019? See suggestions from Democracy NC on three ways to do this by clicking on their Dr. Martin Luther King Jr inspired brochure. Also see recommendations for protecting voters in 2019 and other resources. If you want to order these brochures click here.
Want to learn more about Voter Photo ID? Remember that You Can Vote is working with community partners to plan educational forums on new voting requirements and how to communicate these with voters. They launch in Durham on February 23rd at 10AM with Photo ID Community Forum: New Rules and Voter Education Next Steps and will host a Raleigh forum the following weekend before they move out across the state.
Want to fight against gerrymandering? Join Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS) along with Common Cause at the Reason, Reform & Redistricting Conference. It begins Jan 25, 2019 at 11AM and ends Jan 26 at 4:30PM and will be held at Duke University, Penn Pavilion, 107 Union Drive, Durham, NC 27710. Click here to register. This will be "two days of engagement with national and North Carolina thought leaders and policy makers working towards ending partisan gerrymandering."
Want to stand with others to speak up to against politicians stonewalling the public hearing to investigate the vote theft in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District? Join Progress North Carolina and Southern Coalition for Social Justice for Stop Stonewalling Vote Theft Investigation, Jan 11 11AM - 2PM, NC State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, 430 N. Salisbury St. Raleigh 27603.
Want to join with others to discuss policy? Join the North Carolina Justice Center as the host the 3rd annual Together NC Policy Academy, Feb. 7, and Feb. 8 at the NC Justice Center located in Raleigh, NC. This event will bring "together community leaders from across the state to engage in discussion on upcoming policy campaigns, tools on how to move policies forward, and how to share work in our communities."
Want to "learn how to cope with tribalism and incivility if they arise" in public events? Join the League of Women Voters® of Orange-Durham-Chatham, Civil Discourse Initiative on Jan 17 for Coping with Tribalism in 2019. It will take place in the Conference Room of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC, from 6PM - 8PM.
Want to join with others to march? Click here to see NC National Organization for Women's 2019 Women’s Marches in NC. There are four women's marches scheduled across NC in January and a bus trip to DC. Also, you can join the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition for the Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People's Assembly on Feb 9 in Downtown Raleigh.
So much work to be done. Let's do this together! Start 2019 by showing up!