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Banned Books Week comes as Republicans in NC, US fight to censor classrooms, ban important texts

By Patrick Zarcone / September 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Banned Books Week comes as Republicans in NC, US fight to censor classrooms, ban important texts

According to a banned book report by PEN America that looked at the 2021-22 school year, there were 2,532 instances of individual books being banned in the U.S. That number includes 1,648 unique titles by 1,261 different authors, 290 illustrators and 18 translators.

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New Biden administration student debt relief program will help nearly 1.2 million North Carolinians

By Patrick Zarcone / September 22, 2022 / Comments Off on New Biden administration student debt relief program will help nearly 1.2 million North Carolinians

Under the Biden administration’s new student debt relief plan, more than one million North Carolinians will be able to save thousands of dollars or even have their student loans forgiven.

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Amid Chemours’ expansion plans, North Carolinians and activists demand accountability

By Alanna Joyner / September 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Amid Chemours’ expansion plans, North Carolinians and activists demand accountability

Since 2019, Chemours has been under a consent order to address the release of forever chemicals that have been emitted from the Fayetteville Works plant, into the Cape Fear River and local communities.

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New Biden administration rule will give some pregnant veterans, beneficiaries abortion access, even in states where it’s banned

By Patrick Zarcone / September 16, 2022 / Comments Off on New Biden administration rule will give some pregnant veterans, beneficiaries abortion access, even in states where it’s banned

“Offering this care will save Veterans’ health and lives, and there is nothing more important than that,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the VA’s undersecretary for health.

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If Republicans love states’ rights so much, they should put abortion on the ballot

By Patrick Zarcone / September 9, 2022 / Comments Off on If Republicans love states’ rights so much, they should put abortion on the ballot

A recent poll showed that “Americans overwhelmingly would like to be able to vote on an abortion measure on their state ballot.” The poll also revealed that Americans, by an almost 2-to-1 margin, would vote in favor of making abortion legal.

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NC Republicans’ refusal to properly fund public schools is leading to a double crisis – and it was preventable

By Patrick Zarcone / September 9, 2022 / Comments Off on NC Republicans’ refusal to properly fund public schools is leading to a double crisis – and it was preventable

Some may think that Republicans are anti-education, but the reality is that they’re anti-public education. The NCGOP will gladly take funds and put them toward private and charter schools.

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NC teacher vacancies up 27% from 2021 as NCGOP refuses to properly fund schools, pay educators

By Patrick Zarcone / September 2, 2022 / Comments Off on NC teacher vacancies up 27% from 2021 as NCGOP refuses to properly fund schools, pay educators

State Republican lawmakers have once again refused to adequately fund public schools and pay our teachers and staff fair wages – and the NCGOP’s failures are leaving schools short on teachers.

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28 years and counting: NC’s Leandro school funding plan in court again this week

By Patrick Zarcone / September 2, 2022 / Comments Off on 28 years and counting: NC’s Leandro school funding plan in court again this week

Despite court rulings, nothing has changed, and nearly three decades have passed without every child in the state being afforded the opportunity to receive a good education.

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North Carolina’s reinstated 20-week abortion ban will have far-reaching impact on those in need of reproductive care

By Patrick Zarcone / August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina’s reinstated 20-week abortion ban will have far-reaching impact on those in need of reproductive care

Although most abortion procedures don’t occur after 20 weeks, those that do are often because of serious, potentially life-threatening health emergencies – and now that care is being criminalized.

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Progress NC Action, partner organizations take call for ‘Fair Courts Now’ across North Carolina

By Patrick Zarcone / August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Progress NC Action, partner organizations take call for ‘Fair Courts Now’ across North Carolina

The Fair Courts NC public accountability campaign is calling for common-sense reforms to help contain the partisanship being seen in our courts.

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