Recently, I marched with McDonald's workers from three dozen cities to the company's corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. After they refused to leave the corporate campus of the fast-food giant with its $5.6 billion in profits last year, 101 workers were arrested. I knew I had to come when the workers invited me to share some of the lessons we have been learning in North Carolina about civil disobedience - and moral support. I watched my new friends sit down. I watched the police gather. I prayed with the McDonald's workers as the police looked on and then slapped plastic handcuffs on more than 100 of the workers and arrested them.
St. Louis/Washington, DC - A new poll shows that a majority of black Americans support voter ID laws despite a full-court press by the Obama Administration and its supporters in and out of government to label such polling place protections as a danger to civil rights. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network note this very basic safeguard ensures the integrity of the democratic process and provides Americans of all races, genders and creeds with an assurance their vote will count.
Around a Dozen Moral Witnesses Sit In at Speaker Thom Tillis' Office to Petition Him for a Serious Commitment to Engage on These Issues of Life and Death Importance: RALEIGH, NC - Hundreds of North Carolinians joined together today at the General Assembly as grassroots volunteer lobbyists to visit each legislator and to call upon them to repent for choosing political ideology over real people, to repeal these laws that are hurting our most vulnerable and to restore our confidence in their ability to govern for the good of us all.
Winston-Salem, NC — Legendary author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou has died, according to her publicist Helen Brann. She passed away in her Winston-Salem, N.C. home after suffering from health problems, and was found by her caretaker. Born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was raised between St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She got into writing after experiencing a childhood tragedy when she was 7, after her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him. Later in life, she moved to San Francisco and studied dance and drama, and went on to become a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
The following story first appeared on xojane.com. I've worked as a housecleaner to supplement my income for over a decade in Manhattan. Over the years I've experienced everything from a celebrity trying to pay me with a bounced check to a woman giving me a microwave she said she no longer needed only to call me a week later and ask for me to bring it back to her. (Which I did, even though it took me an hour to get to her by bus.) When I arrive, I do so with a smile and cleaning supplies, expecting to put in a hard day's work. What I get is often hours of psychological games where clients will do everything they can just to try to save themselves $10 or $20. Sorry, but buying me a cup of coffee does not mean you get an extra two hours of work for free.
National Social Justice Advocate Cornell William Brooks Selected President-CEO of America’s Largest Civil Rights Organization
The NAACP National Board of Directors announced its selection of Attorney Cornell William Brooks to be the Association’s next National President & CEO. He will become the 18th person to oversee operations at the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization in its 105-year history. “We are proud to welcome Attorney Cornell William Brooks as our new president and CEO,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. “Mr. Brooks is a pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association. We look forward to leveraging his legal prowess, vision and leadership as we tackle the pressing civil rights issues of the 21st century.”
The study examined the impact of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on high school students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. Depending on how long the student had attended Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS), the scholarship would cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for attending any public college or university in the state of Michigan. The authors hypothesized that the promise of such a scholarship might have an effect on students’ high school outcomes. The study focused on students who attended KPS schools from ninth grade through graduation. The authors compared the differences in academic and behavioral outcomes in high school before and after introduction of the Promise Scholarship for students who would be eligible to receive it (if they were accepted to a public Michigan college or university) and those who would not (because they had not attended school in the district for long enough to qualify).
Moral Mondays Are Going Back to Raleigh on May 19! In preparation for this new phase of our campaign to turn North Carolina away from the path of extremism, NC NAACP members, Moral Monday arrestees and Forward Together Moral Movement supporters are invited to Moral Monday Mobilization Call Tonight 7 PM. Before we move into the streets for Moral Monday on May 19, join us on Saturday's conference call and at Sunday's service as we receive our marching orders for a new season of petitioning our legislators to repent of their immoral actions, to repeal these disastrous laws that are hurting our state's most vulnerable, and to restore our confidence in their ability to govern for the good of the whole.
Federal Judge Rules North Carolina Lawmakers Do Not Have Blanket Immunity; Must Release Secret Communication on Voter Suppression Bill
DURHAM, NC - A federal judge ruled today that members of the North Carolina General Assembly do not have absolute immunity and protection from releasing crucial emails and other internal documents related to their motivations and rationale for passing what is arguably one of the most restrictive and harmful voter suppression laws in the nation. Attorneys challenging the measure, from the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and Advancement Project, had requested this information several months ago from 13 primary sponsors of the bill - including documents on what data they used in drafting the legislation, whom they consulted with, and what information they may have known about its impact on voters - but state lawmakers had refused to comply. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder agreed with an earlier ruling by Magistrate Judge Joi Peake that lawmakers don't have a blanket privilege from responding to requests for information. Now, if state officials want to withhold any documents, they will have to explain what they want to withhold and why. The court also ordered the state to disclose whether they intend to have any legislators testify in response to a forthcoming motion for preliminary injunction being filed by the NAACP and other plaintiffs in the case.
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is taking the next step to implement the Strategic Mobility Formula, a project prioritization process established last year by the Strategic Transportation Investments law. NCDOT today released data for 3,100 projects, based on criteria contained in the new formula. The data includes the original list of highway projects released in March and adds:
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- First Woman-Owned Business Day a Huge Success
- Juneteenth Tour of the 13th Amendment Ending Slavery Visits Historic Edenton
- The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Announces 2014 Education Scholarship Event Slated for June 6
- The Silent Wars of African American Girls
- NCDOT Introduces the Office of Education Initiatives
- NAACP to Host 2014 Daisy Bates Education Institute in Ft. Lauderdale
- License to Give Trust Fund Commission Awards $128,500 in Grant Funding
- State Requirements for Teacher Evaluation Policies Promoted by Race to the Top