NC NAACP – A New Year’s Toast To Our Friends of The Movement

by January 3, 2018

Dear Friends,

Our coalition has experienced a lot key victories this year.  We could not have achieved any these without you.

We’re looking forward to the victories in 2018!

Check out the Video of our work.

Forward Together,
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman,
President

The NC NAACP Issues


Voting Rights

Who represents us in Congress and how judges are elected each depend upon districts.

There are TWO redistricting efforts going on right now – JUDICIAL redistricting (House Bill 717), and CONGRESSIONAL redistricting, which is awaiting the decision of a three-judge panel.

HB 717 redraws judicial districts which decreases the number of judges in urban areas. The result — fewer judges of color and fewer women judges.


Abolish the Racially-Biased Death Penalty and Mandatory Sentencing Laws; Reform our Prisons.

ACTION STEPS

  • Reject efforts to repeal the Racial Justice
  • Pass legislation that would ban executions of persons with severe mental disabilities as a precursor to repealing the death penalty in its entirety
  • Enact the reform recommendations of the N.C. Sentencing Commission
  • Fund alternative sentencing programs
  • Dramatically expand services to prisoners re-entering society
  • Enact a moratorium on the construction of new prisons
  • Raise the age for adult prosecution from age 16 to age 18
  • Establish a joint NAACP/Department of Correction program to promote literacy, strengthen ties between inmates and their families and communities, and aid the re-entry process

IMMIGRANT JUSTICE – STOP UNJUST DEPORTATIONS

The Immigrant Justice Committee of the State Conference has provided key support to three deportation cases in late 2016 and early 2017—Yosselin Herrera of Siler City, Felipe Molina of Durham, and Lilian Cardona-Perez of Lillington. The support provided came in the form of organizing news conference and vigils, passing local NAACP resolutions against their deportations and working with City Councils to do the same, and mobilizing people to attend deportation hearings in Charlotte. Currently, the Committee is focusing on organizing a conference to bring together immigrant justice coalition partners and attorneys.


ECONOMIC STABILITY

North Carolina’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour—an amount which, translated to a full year of work ($15,080), would only net 129% of the federal poverty line for an individual. However, if that individual were the sole earner for a family of two, then that family would be living below the federal poverty line. What impacts might the proposed federal minimum wage policy have on low-wage work in North Carolina? To answer that question we examined how many workers and households would be affected by a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour—as has been proposed in Congress.

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