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Sun Feb 5, 2012, 10:14 AM

Good resources/references for politics/needed action for NC

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At our meeting last night, many of you discussed important activism opportunities, resources we should familiarize ourselves with so that the left can effect positive change in NC....I am going to make this a sticky post and anyone who has good stuff/links/recommendations can post them in this thread.

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Reply Good resources/references for politics/needed action for NC (Original post)
NRaleighLiberal Feb 2012 OP
feat12515si Feb 2012 #1
unc70 Feb 2012 #2
ncrainbowgrrl May 2012 #4
handmade34 Mar 2012 #3
how.to.holler Jun 2012 #5
mmonk Dec 2012 #6
KoKo Feb 2013 #7
G_j May 2013 #8
davidt2974 Jun 2013 #9
marions ghost Aug 2013 #10
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2013 #11
ncrainbowgrrl Sep 2013 #12
saynotoplutocrats Oct 10 #13


Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 02:28 PM

2. The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics

A useful book is "The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics" by Rob Christensen. UNC Press 2008.

This book covers mostly the period from 1890 up to 2008, but not the 2008 campaign.

Crucial background stories for anyone trying to understand modern politics in NC.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #2)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:45 PM

4. +1

CRUCIAL reading for anyone wanting to understand the history of the politics of this place... and I guess even more- how it's so rapidly changing in such a short time.

( OH my... When I read it, it was the newest and truest...right after it came out! Been a few years, I guess! )

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 06:06 PM

3. The Vote Against Project

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:01 AM

5. NC current events & policy analysis

I rely on the Progressive Pulse (http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.com/), ProgressNC (http://www.progressnc.org/blog.html), the ACLU-NC, Appalachian Voices, and the NC Justice Center (ncjustice.org). The NC Justice Center doesn't get as much social media attention as the others--they really need an intern to render their dense policy analyses more Facebook-friendly--but they produce some good reports on economic justice issues.

Does anyone have a source for NC reproductive rights news that's lower-volume than Planned Parenthood? I love PP, but they send such an overwhelming amount of mail that I tune them out.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:36 AM

6. As a gerrymandered voter, I propose to attack the new districts

that guarantee we lose in voting for legislative or US House representation. The only other solution I see is protest and civil disobedience.

http://www.proportional-representation.org/

http://www.fairvote.org/fair-voting-proportional-representation

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:41 AM

7. Here's some links and link to new "NC Alliance Against Fracking"

FrackFree NC goes live! The alliance of NC organizations working against fracking in NC has launched a website: Go to http://www.frackfreenc.org/ to learn more and sign the petition.

Also check out the calendar at http://organizenorthcarolina.org/code/calendar.html for additional events locally as well across NC.

Ongoing weekly vigils for justice and peace:
**Raleigh - Stop the Arms Race and Build a Culture of Peace Vigil. First Wednesday of every month from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in front of the Century Post Office on Fayetteville St. Posters provided. Now in the 31st year. Dutch lunch for those who can stay at the Mecca.
**Chapel Hill: 4:30 – 5:30pm, Fridays, corner of Elliott Rd and East Franklin St (919-942-2535).
Raleigh: 5:00-6:00 pm, Mondays, in front of Central Prison, corner of Hunt Dr. and Western Blvd, to end the death penalty (PFADP, AI-USA, NC-ACLU)

Please see NC Peace Action's website for other peace and justice issues and events http://ncpeaceaction.org/




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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:02 PM

8. NC POLICYWATCH

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 06:52 PM

9. Turn NC Blue

This is a new site being put together by some dedicated NC Democrats that is working to put together an issues-based collection of information and sources to help those canvassing or just to give a quick "info database" for those elevator-chats we all need to be having when possible.

http://turnncblue.org/

I'd also just mention that for anyone here who is in Gaston County, please get in touch with me as our local Democratic Party is working on a lot of new initiatives and we need to get "all hands on deck!".

Thanks,
David T.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:09 AM

10. Democracy NC

http://www.democracy-nc.org/our-issues/voting-and-elections/voting-rights/

PDF details effects of new voting laws on counties:


http://www.democracy-nc.org/downloads/EarlyVoteSDRID.pdf

Our Mission

Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, for the people and by the people. Democracy NC grew out of Democracy South which began as a project of the Institute for Southern Studies. For more than 20 years, we’ve taken on powerful industries and political leaders, regardless of party, and promoted reforms that expand public involvement in the political process. Here are highlights of some research reports, as well as formal complaints that we’ve filed against Democrats and Republicans since 1991.

- See more at: http://www.democracy-nc.org/about-us/#sthash.irwlv8Lc.dpuf

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #10)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:44 AM

11. thanks for this.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 01:21 AM

12. Some Groups:

http://aflcionc.org/ (NC State AFL-CIO)
equalitync.org (equality NC)
http://www.naacpnc.org/ NAACP of NC

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:36 PM

13. Petition on Republican Medicaid Fraud

Tell Senator Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland) to Come Clean About Medicaid Fraud Allegations:

http://act.progressnc.org/sign/meredith_medicaid

Recently released documents, as reported by multiple media outlets, show evidence that the State Senator Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland) and his wife collected tens of thousands of dollars in government Medicaid and WIC assistance at the same time that financial records show his family income was around $100,000/year. Ask Senator Meredith to come clean about his welfare assistance and repay the government if the funds were obtained through fraud.

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