The NC NAACP Exposes the Racial Discrimination at the Heart of North Carolina's Vouchers Program and Voter Suppression Law
DURHAM - The NC NAACP, its legal team and litigation partners challenged two of the extremist initiatives pushed by Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other Tea Party legislators who claim their proposals are not targeting racial minorities and the poor. "These two issues are connected," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. "The people that are trying to keep minorities and the poor from voting are the same people that want to prevent our children from receiving a quality public education and the economic opportunities that such an education makes possible. We must be conscious of the racialized legacy of voter suppression and vouchers in North Carolina."
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In a Great Victory for Public School Supporters, a Wake County Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against the North Carolina Voucher Program
RALEIGH - Judge Robert H. Hobgood issued a temporary injunction Friday stopping efforts by extremists to undermine North Carolina's public schools by diverting $11.7 million from the general school fund into a voucher program that would send taxpayer money to any of the state's 700 private schools. In a full courtroom at the old Wake County courthouse, plaintiff attorneys emphasized that the NC Constitution prohibits discrimination based on race and religion and mandates that taxpayer funds be used "exclusively" for the public school system. After hearing a few hours of arguments, the judge read a short order granting our request for a temporary injunction that stops any further activity on the so-called opportunity scholarships -- a program devised by a national ideological coalition to undermine public school systems.
(Washington, DC)-- The NAACP commends Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder for speaking out against laws prohibiting people with felony convictions from voting even after they have served the terms of their sentences. The NAACP has been actively engaged in campaigns in Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Delaware and other states to bring the practice to an end. "By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes," Holder said at a Washington, DC, symposium on sentencing laws. Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky are the only states that continue to disenfranchise persons convicted of felonies even after they have completed all of the terms of their sentences. There are an estimated 1.5 million disenfranchised citizens in Florida alone.
Civil Rights Group Responds to Lesser Convictions and Hung Jury in Michael Dunn Trial for Murder of Unarmed Florida Teen
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