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The African American Caucus

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Thursday, 13 March 2014 16:52.

John Travis Holt Vote ID Educate, Organize and Mobilize: This past Saturday, March 8, 2014, I was invited to present and overview on voter suppression to the Pitt County African American Caucus of the Democratic Party.  I was pleased to accept the invitation and make a presentation.  There were several very important revelations that I came away with.  I was joined by Patricia Ferguson, my co-leader of the campaign to defeat voter suppression and chair of the Bertie County African American Caucus.  Patricia addressed our campaign’s Resolution to Defeat Voter Suppression and, in an aside, offered an insightful observation to our small attentive audience.  She said it is not the size of the audience that is important, but the size of networks that the audience represents.  It is important that we are all mindful of this observation as we grow our campaign.  

Time To Panic?

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:41.

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Educate, organize and mobilize: When a community is facing a political disaster should it push the panic button?  Many of you know that I’ve been monitoring and writing commentaries on voter suppression and the North Carolina Voter Suppression Act of 2013 since early August 2013.  Since August I’ve watched the growth of voter suppression activities and the evolution of under supported campaigns to defeat voter suppression.  In deciding whether or not to push the panic button, several important evaluations must be made.  

 

Operation Jumpstart the Vote Leadership Training

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Friday, 28 February 2014 22:02.

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Educate, organize and mobilize: This past Saturday I attended a meeting entitled Operation Jumpstart the Vote Leadership Training.  I found it very compelling and informative.  You should have been there.  In my column last week I noted that since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?”  I indicated that I found my answer when discussing the planned participation in the campaign to defeat voter suppression by the North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials, (the Alliance).  That column is posted at www.facebook.com/votersuppression and archived on greaterdiversity.com.

We’re Number One: EDUCATE, ORGANIZE AND MOBILIZE

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:37.

JOHN TRAVIS HOLT GDN Please understand that proclaiming ourselves – that is our Facebook page and website – “number one” in the campaign to defeat voter suppression is necessary to lay the groundwork for the conversation necessary to identify the component parts of an effective campaign.  When someone new to the issue of voter suppression wants to get up to speed and educated, where should he go?  We argue that for current news he should go to our weekly print edition, free weekly electronic publication and www.Facebook.com/votersuppression.  For current commentary, reference should be made to my weekly articles that are archived on our website www.GreaterDiversity.com

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:24.

JOHN TRAVIS HOLTSince August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials, (the Alliance).  It is not surprising that it is taking time to fully organize an effective response to the NC Voter Suppression Act of 2013, a/k/a, the Voter Information Verification Act of 2013. The Alliance http://ncbeoalliance.org/ is the organization of members of the NC Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, the NC Conference of Black Mayors, NC Black Elected Municipal Officials, NC Caucus of Black School Board Members and NC Black County Officials.

HK on J: Defeat Voter Suppression

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Saturday, 15 February 2014 22:30.

john travis holtI am very, very pleased with the broad-based response and support that has grown up around the HK on J (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) and Moral Monday Movement.  The declared objectives, of course, and the leadership of both initiatives are one and the same.  Core announced policy goals of the initiatives are: Economic sustainability, alleviating poverty and expanding labor rights. Fully funded constitutional education. Health care for all – protecting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, women's health and the Affordable Health Care Act. Addressing disparities in the criminal justice system. Protecting/expanding voting rights and civil rights. Environmental justice. Fair and just immigration reform. Equal protection under the law regardless of race, income, gender or sexual orientation.

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