Human Rights

‘Jim Crow 2.0’: Voting Rights Groups Denounce GOP Rewrite of NC Voting Laws

By Alanna Joyner / June 15, 2021 / Comments Off on ‘Jim Crow 2.0’: Voting Rights Groups Denounce GOP Rewrite of NC Voting Laws

Concerned North Carolinians and local organizations denounced on Monday a group of bills advancing through the state Senate that would make changes to absentee voting and limit sources of funding for election administration in North Carolina.  Republican backed Senate bills 326, 724 and 725, which are expected on the Senate floor this week, mirror the…

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Freedom Riders movement celebrates 60th anniversary

By Alanna Joyner / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Freedom Riders movement celebrates 60th anniversary

This month marks 60 years since 13 Freedom Riders–including a young John Lewis– set out on two buses from Washington, DC to challenge the segregation of public transportation.   In the weeks that followed, the Freedom Riders were threatened, arrested, and attacked by violent mobs throughout the Deep South. They attracted the attention of the nation…

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Health care professionals condemn proposed abortion ban in open letter to legislative leaders

By Alanna Joyner / May 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Health care professionals condemn proposed abortion ban in open letter to legislative leaders

Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly has fast tracked two intentionally inflammatory anti-abortion bills — House Bill 453 and Senate Bill 405, which aims to further restrict abortion rights in the state.  If enacted, House Bill 453, would prevent a person from obtaining an abortion based on the presumed race of the fetus or…

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Advocates blast NC Republican legislation targeting protesters

By Alanna Joyner / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Advocates blast NC Republican legislation targeting protesters

In a virtual rally, called the “Protest Jim Crow 2.0 Rally Press Conference”, local organizers, activists, and community leaders called out the harmful anti-protest bill, House Bill 805 and the disparate impact the measure will have on Black and Brown North Carolinians.  House Bill 805, which cleared the crossover deadline, is an egregious attempt to…

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North Carolina House Passes Anti-Protest Legislation

By Alanna Joyner / May 11, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolina House Passes Anti-Protest Legislation

Yesterday, the N.C. House of Representatives passed House Bill 805, a bill that would stifle free speech and discourage protests by imposing extremely harsh criminal penalties on people charged with “rioting”. If enacted, the bill would not only discourage North Carolinians from exercising their constitutional right to peaceably assemble, but would disproportionately impact Black and…

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North Carolina among states introducing laws targeting peaceful protesters

By Alanna Joyner / May 6, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolina among states introducing laws targeting peaceful protesters

Over the last year, more than 90 anti-protest bills have been introduced in at least 36 states, including in North Carolina.  The wave of bills aimed at criminalizing our constitutional right to peaceably assemble, comes after a historic summer in which millions of us joined together to condemn the killing of Black people by the…

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As Andrew Brown Jr. is laid to rest, the family and Elizabeth City community continue to demand answers

By Alanna Joyner / May 4, 2021 / Comments Off on As Andrew Brown Jr. is laid to rest, the family and Elizabeth City community continue to demand answers

Andrew Brown Jr., the 42-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies, was laid to rest on Monday in Elizabeth City. In the wake of Brown Jr.’s funeral, the Family and community members are continuing their demands for justice and transparency. Last Wednesday, a state judge ruled that Brown Jr.’s family were allowed…

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In police killing of Andrew Brown Jr., a small NC town crisis on national stage

By Alanna Joyner / April 27, 2021 / Comments Off on In police killing of Andrew Brown Jr., a small NC town crisis on national stage

In the wake of the conviction of Derek Chauvin, North Carolinians have taken to the streets of Elizabeth City after Pasquotank County deputies shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr., an unarmed Black man in his car, while serving a warrant Wednesday.  While the guilty verdict from the Chauvin trial felt like a victory for some,…

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The Washington Post: The GOP’s anti-transgender bills are ignorance in action

By Alanna Joyner / April 13, 2021 / Comments Off on The Washington Post: The GOP’s anti-transgender bills are ignorance in action

Five years after the state’s notorious House Bill 2 or HB2, Republican legislators are back with a slew of discriminatory bills that targets the state’s transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. North Carolina’s Senate Bill 514, Senate Bill 515, and House Bill 358 mirrors the rising trend of transphobic legislation across the country, blatantly attacking gender-affirming healthcare,…

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The Progressive Pulse: NC Democrats push for common sense voting reforms

By Alanna Joyner / April 12, 2021 / Comments Off on The Progressive Pulse: NC Democrats push for common sense voting reforms

With more than 360 bills introduced in 47 states across the country, many of which mirror the worst of Georgia’s Senate Bill 202, our right to vote hangs in the balance. In North Carolina, the Republican-backed Senate Bills 326 and 377 are their own versions of Georgia’s Jim Crow-era voter suppression laws.  Through House Bill…

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