Voter Engagement Project for December 12, 2017
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How Small Town Mayor Joyce Whichard-Brown Is Making Main Street Vibrant Again and Getting Businesses Back

By Cash Michaels - Whichard-Brown was the first African-American female ever to be elected mayor in Williamston, and her 61% victory was a clear sign that that the town was ready for change.

Whichard-Brown says she and the town council want to make Williamston “vibrant again,” which means addressing all of the vacant buildings on Main Street, getting businesses to come back, hire and operate like they used to. Renovations are being done presently. Whichard-Brown is also courting major corporations like Krispy Kreme to open a franchise there, and perhaps, a seafood restaurant.

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New Warsaw Town Commissioner Valerie Nelson: First African-American Woman on the Board
Newly-elected Warsaw Town Commissioner Valerie Nelson, the first African-American woman ever to sit on the town board, and the first write-in candidate in Warsaw’s history …
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The Republican Power Plays at the Heart of N.C. Politics
There’s the ongoing imbroglio with the elections board, as well as lawsuits challenging the legislature’s decisions to block Cooper from appointing Court of Appeals judges and members of the N.C. Industrial Commission.
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Joining Fellow Citizens in Protest or Peaceful Assembly Critical to Functioning Democracy
But it is also unfortunately true that governments and police can violate this right – through the use of mass arrests, illegal use of force, criminalization of protet to thwart free public expression.
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Five Questions With Professor Valerie Johnson, Weighs in on Monuments Law, Free Speech
She is also one of only two Black members of the 17-member North Carolina Historical Commission, which must approve any proposed removal, relocation, or alteration of historical monuments …
Major Reform, 2020 Iowa Caucuses to Include Absentee Voting, Public Vote Totals
A Democratic National Committee panel known as the Unity Reform Commission set those changes into motion during a recent meeting, clearing the way for significant changes to the Iowa caucuses.
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First Vote NC Offers Free Curriculum and Local Election Simulation
First Vote NC aims to change the state of young voters in North Carolina. First Vote NC’s mission is to engage young people in the democratic process by conducting simulation elections in high schools across North Carolina.


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