Many of our readers are well aware of our coverage of the serious threat of voter suppression to our communities. I’ve written weekly columns on this subject since November 2013. Since August I've tried to educate our readers and myself and to remain abreast of developments around our state and the nation. The May Primaries will be the first statewide election held since the enactment of the Voter Suppression Act, also known as the Voter Information Verification Act. One of the more important things that needs volunteers and your immediate attention, is the “Vote Defender Election Protection Training Spring 2014.”
By attending this 2 1/2 HR training you are committing to give your time and your energy to monitor polls on election day. Vote Defenders will provide voters with information about changing voting laws, document any cases of intimidation or suppression, and conduct an exit survey. You will also aid citizens that encounter trouble. This vital work will make our electorate more educated and will help ensure that noone is denied their fundamental right to the ballot box.
April 19 | Chapel Hill Vote Defender Training | 10am-12:30pm
April 21 | Boone Vote Defender Training | 6pm-8:30pm
April 22 | Greenville Vote Defender Training | 6pm-8:30pm
April 22 | Wilmington Vote Defender Training | 6pm - 8:30pm
April 26 | Charlotte Vote Defender Training | 2:30-4:30
April 26 | Fayetteville Vote Defender Training | 1:00-3:30
April 27 | Asheville Vote Defender Training | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
April 28 | Wake County Training | 6pm-8:30pm
April 30 | Durham Vote Defender Training | 6:30pm-9pm
May 3 | Greensboro Vote Defender Training | 1:00-3:30
RSVP and we will send you exact location and training details.
Recently, Kathleen Parker, a widely read, conservative columnist challenged Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s characterization of the Koch Brothers as un-American and suggested that Reid owed the Koch Brothers and the American people an apology. She attributes such characterization as being rooted in the Koch Brothers, “support for unfetteredmarkets or their willingness to fund positions that might favor them.” As Joe Scarborough previously, she’s another conservative that ignores the fact that the Koch Brothers are mega donors in voter suppression campaigns all over America.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: The campaign to defeat voter suppression must necessarily be as relentless as the voter suppression campaign itself. I continue to try and raise issues that I think are helpful in educating, organizing and mobilizing our community to address the most serious threat to our civil rights in more than 50 years. To remain current on the issue of voter suppression, I watch news programs, read newspapers and watch talk shows on an ongoing basis. My favorite network is MSNBC because it appears to give the best coverage to issues, including voter suppression, which I believe are important to my community. One of my favorite programs is Morning Joe. Its host is Joe Scarborough, a right-wing conservative and former congressman.
After 246 years of slavery, Americans fought a brutal Civil War — the bloodiest in our history — to end slavery and preserve the union. Three amendments were added to the Constitution: the 13th abolished slavery; the 14th guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the 15th outlawed discrimination in voting on the basis of race or prior servitude.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action against voter suppression. I’ve addressed various individuals and organizations playing key roles in outreach around the state. This week we’ll take a look at the efforts and involvement of Renee Price (Commissioner, Orange County Board of County Commissioners).