NC NAACP launches tour against state legislation

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Submitted: Tue, 05/28/2013 - 1:58pm
Updated: Tue, 05/28/2013 - 1:59pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is launching a 25-county tour targeting the policies of the Republican-led General Assembly.

The civil rights group heads Tuesday to Wake, Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties for public events featuring legal and policy experts, grassroots organizers and people arrested during weekly protests at the state legislature. They’ll visit Wilmington Friday.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will also release a mid-session report card assessing each legislator’s votes for their effects on behalf of the state’s poorer residents.

The NAACP has criticized Republican action on economic policy, social programs, education and voting rights. More than 150 people have been arrested in the group’s protests at the General Assembly.

The next demonstration in the group’s Monday series comes June 3.

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  • Government Mule says:

    where in Wilmington we think these flagrant racist might be congregating on Friday and @ what time….

  • Angewidert says:

    And in the tradition of a few other professional racial agitators, it looks like, yet once again, it’s feeding time for the Rev. Dr. William Barber.

  • Civil Activist says:

    Obviously some people are not paying attention to the actions of the General Assembly in Raleigh. The NAACP’s actions are to alert the public like you that these so-called public servants have been working very hard to take away many of our fundamental voting rights. Yours, too. Early voting, same day registration/voting, Saturday and Sunday voting, and the requirement of a state-issued ID. College students, if the GA has their way will be unable to vote at their schools or their parents will be charged a $2500 fine. Our Governor just sent the health insurance that would have covered 500,000 of our poorest citizens back to Washington. They want to remove the class size limits for grades K-3. If this doesn’t disturb you, I pray that you are in one of the 23 families that just had their taxes cut, otherwise your taxes just went UP! I also pray you have no children in public schools because you just might walk in and find them sitting in a first grade with 30-40 children in it. So, instead of sounding rude and ignorant, why not volunteer in one of our schools? I can tell you the teachers need help. Even from folks like you.

  • Guest89839292 says:

    Does it bother you to out and out lie? Are you aware of the voter fraud that has gone on the last two election cycles? What about voters being threatened at the polls? and no charges were ever brought against those involved? what about union workers beating people for having a different political view? Are you aware that the dead can vote? non citizen can vote? What about the IRS targeting those who have a different political view? do you even have a clue? no you do not. You come down spouting racism as your backdrop, well forget it. The public is on to your BS and it’s not going to work. Better pay attention to what is going on in Ohio, they busted poll workers voting multiple times and trust me the rest of the country is looking at it too.

    Go back where you came from, we got your number.

  • renoGuest says:

    It will only be a bus ride if the government pays for it and gives out a free lunch.

  • Arleigh Birchler says:

    Will this be in the form of a bus ride, or will the participants simply come together at each site?

  • Ella Baker says:

    You cannot cite any electoral fraud in NC to speak of. Check with the NC Board of Elections. Even NC House Speaker Thom Tillis has admitted that fraud is not a real concern. Name me a place in NC where voters got threatened at the polls, except at Elizabeth City State University, where the students were threatened by poorly trained Republican “poll-watchers” who thought they could “challenge” voters themselves, personally. Name me a place in NC where union workers have beaten anyone–but no going back to the 1930s, when there was violence on both sides. We barely even have unions in NC. You are just spouting propaganda.

  • Ella Baker says:

    For the record, Rev. Dr. Barber already has a job. He has been pastor of the same strong church in Goldsboro for 20 years. The NAACP presidency is a volunteer position, though it takes many hours. I am sure he works longer hours than most of his critics. He also has a wife of many years and five children, one getting a Ph.D. at Harvard, another just graduated at the top of his class in physics at North Carolina Central University, another enrolled at another NC college, and two more still at home. You can agree with him or disagree with him, but criticizing his supposed lack of “work” is laughable.

  • deputy 25 says:

    how about go tour and find a job and quit trying to live off the working people.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Are people still giving weight to what this, antiquated, organization says or does?

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    The more of these stupid public displays you put on the more your credibility goes to pot!

    Do you have ANY sort of an idea of just how rediculous and comical you appear?

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Good work, NAACP. Glad to see that you are still standing up for what is right! You’re as necessary today as the day your organization was founded more than a hundred years ago.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    There are 100 counties in NC. I wonder if there isn’t some bigotry going on here by this socialist organization.

  • Community Activist says:

    Right now the Republican led General Assembly is doing their best to take the right to vote away from many of our citizens by doing away with same day registration and voting, early voting, Saturday and Sunday voting, and requiring a state mandated ID to vote. They have cut pre-school from thousands of children and want to remove the class size cap from grades k-3. Our governor has sent Medicaid money for 500,000 of our poorest citizens back to Washington so that they have no health care. Before you folks who have made the ignorant remarks below about the NAACP, pray that you don’t find yourself in one of the groups the state doesn’t care about: women, poor, children and the disabled. These are the groups the NAACP is fighting for. If you’re happy with the way things are, why don’t you go volunteer in a classroom of what could end up being 30-40 first grade students. That teacher is going to need all the help he or she can get. You might also hope you’ve got a current driver’s license the next time we have an election.

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