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Tight North Carolina Race Could Determine Control of U.S. Senate

Written by Afrique I. Kilimanjaro, Special from The Carolina Peacemaker on Monday, 11 August 2014 16:05.

RALEIGH, N.C. (NNPA) – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has been reaching out to communities and constituents across North Carolina galvanizing support for her re-election campaign. The Democratic Senator from North Carolina and her campaign are full steam ahead as they face Republican opponent, current N.C. Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis. The Tillis campaign, according to Hagan, is being aided by $20 million in out of state advertising spending from conservatives such as Charles and David Koch, and Republican political strategist Karl Rove. The Hagan campaign says, these out of state entities “believe North Carolina’s Senate seats can be bought.”

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Voter Suppression: The Countdown to Showdown

Written by Peter Grear on Friday, 08 August 2014 14:28.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: It’s a little more than a year since the US Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the countdown to the November General Election is underway.  As of August 8, 2014 there were 86 days left before the elections and voters are being mobilized.   I continue to wonder, as I look for signs, whether Black Voters will respond to the most dangerous threat to our Civil Rights in 50 years.  I have to wonder because if the response is there I don’t see it.  And, if I don’t see it I doubt very seriously if it is adequate.

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Written by Peter Grear on Friday, 01 August 2014 13:32.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Since November of 2013 I’ve been writing about voter suppression and addressing the subject from many different angles.  We’re now in the mobilization phase of defeating voter suppression and I’ve been encouraged to outline an effective, understandable speech that can be used as a tool or guide for others that are speaking out against voter suppression as we head to the November General Election. To be effective a presentation should minimally address educating, organizing and mobilizing voters in the Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression.  We must speak this truth to power and to do so we must have a basic understanding of voter suppression.

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Voter Suppression: The Players Are Mobilizing

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:09.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week we looked at the state of affairs in the fight to protect the voting rights of all US Citizens.  This week we continue our standing policy of educating and motivating our readers to aggressively work to protect our voting rights.  Without attempting to detail all that is happening to succeed in November, it is clear that parties and candidates are messaging various issues in hopes of getting the electorate to respond to their messages and vote for them on November 4.
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Voter Suppression: The Lines Are Drawn and The Fight Is On

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 17 July 2014 19:36.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week we shifted our focus to voter mobilization for November 2014.  This week, as we look back we’ll also take a look at the current state of affairs in the fight to protect the voting rights of all US Citizens.  As we discuss current court activities concerning voting rights, please remember that nothing that the courts decide between now and November will replace the need for a massive voter turnout and that such a turnout will only happen if we, the people accept the responsibility for making it happen.  I’ll also update my outreach efforts to get Black Republicans to respond to voter suppression and my suggestions for our communities to get involved in protecting our voting rights.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:02.

John Travis Holt

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Since November of 2013 I’ve been writing about voter suppression and an appropriate response that needs to be made by those threatened by wide-spread, aggressive voter suppression.  I’ve spent a lot of time trying to create an archive of information that will enable interested readers to become conversant with these issues, the organizing around them and the avenues available to become a part of the response.  With November only a few months away, “it’s mobilization time.” With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: The Mississippi Lesson

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:10.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: It's fifty years since the passage of the Civil Rights of 1964 (The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965) and this is turning out to be quite a political season.  There are many unforeseeable and unpredictable lessons that can be learned by observing the advocates of voter suppression.  However, there appears to be a least one lesson that seems to be obvious.  Voter suppression has the potential to decide numerous elections in November.  The fight will be massive voter suppression vs. massive voter turnout.  The battle lines in this fight have been building since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 2013.  These contests are developing all over the country.  However, as during the “Mississippi Freedom Summer” of 1964, the right of Blacks to vote in Mississippi is again one of the hottest topics of the conversation. 

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:04.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched the North Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) to strengthen the party’s ties with diverse communities and expand engagement efforts across the state.   I presume that by diverse communities, they mean the Black communities.  Surely they’d need a Hispanic Advisory Board to help them with outreach to Hispanic Communities.

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Voter Suppression: Defeating it requires two massive efforts

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 19 June 2014 14:18.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week I analyzed an article written by Dan Russo of the Roanoke Times. My point of interest in his article was his conclusion that, in order for democrats to win in November they would have to generate a massive turnout.  I agreed with his conclusion but not his opinion of an action plan that would lead to such a turnout.  Recently, President Bill Clinton, while speaking out against voter suppression, has expressed a similar conclusion and a similar theory about how to get the enhanced turnout. 

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Voter Suppression: Is it partisan?

Written by Peter Grear on Friday, 13 June 2014 01:21.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I’ve been doing commentaries on our Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression since November, 2013.  Because the right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, I’ve tried to promote a non-partisan theory of voter enfranchisement.  The right to vote is essential to the existence of the United States as a free and open society and shouldn’t be viewed in a partisan prism.  The right to vote should be an issue of citizenship, not partisanship.  Unfortunately, voter suppression appears to be a partisan pursuit.    To provide a balanced presentation of world-wide voter suppression, since about September 2013, I’ve been subscribing to Google Alerts,” voter suppression”, a free service.  Several times each week, I receive alerts from Google to stories that address voter suppression.  Google Alerts aren’t compiled with partisan considerations but selected because they relate to the right to vote.  Some of my commentaries are included in Google Alerts.