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Equality North Carolina Condemns SCOTUS Gerrymandering Decision PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Monday, 08 July 2019 13:49

Tthe Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled against challenges to partisan gerrymandering in states across America

Equality NC Executive Director Kendra R. Johnson reelased the following statement:

“Gerrymandering is a deplorable practice that has enabled Republicans to maintain power and control in unconstitutional ways throughout the state of North Carolina. The decision to not hold these lawmakers accountable continues to underscore the Trump administration's disregard for the most vulnerable Americans, and their interest in self-preservation above ethical and equitable democratic systems. Equality NC stands with families and individuals across North Carolina who continue to be disenfranchised under North Carolina’s unjust voting maps.”


NC Senator Berger, US Senator Graham Endorses Tillis For Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 08 July 2019 12:22

N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger endorsed Thom Tillis' re-election for U.S. Senate.

"When Thom was Speaker of the House, we worked together to pass a transformative conservative agenda in the General Assembly, including historic tax and regulatory reform," said N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger. "As North Carolina’s Senator, Thom has been instrumental in providing more tax relief for hardworking North Carolinians and confirming well-qualified judges who follow the Constitution. Thom has a proven record of achieving results, which is why I’m happily supporting his re-election."

"Among my proudest moments in public service was working with Senate Leader Berger to pass unprecedented conservative reforms that got spending under control and turned North Carolina's economy around," said Senator Thom Tillis. "I'm grateful for Senate Leader Berger's support and his continued leadership in the General Assembly."
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also endorsed Thom Tillis for re-election.
“Senator Thom Tillis stood with me against the liberal mob to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, and he will continue to stand for Donald Trump’s agenda of a strong military, lower taxes, and conservative judges,” said Senator Graham  “This is why I strongly urge my neighbors in NC to re-elect Thom Tillis.”
Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2019 12:34
Environment North Carolina Delivering 12,000 Signatures To Governor Cooper To Save The Bees PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 08 July 2019 12:10

Raleigh-- On July 9, grassroots organizers will be delivering a petition with over 12,000 signatures to the office of Governor Roy Cooper, calling for a ban on the consumer sale and use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids are a widely used group of insecticides that are particularly toxic to bees and other pollinators.


This summer Environment North Carolina canvassers, mostly young college students,have been traveling door to door, visiting neighborhoods throughout North Carolina to have conversations with people about the important role of bees in our food system and discuss the threats that bee colonies are up against. As a result of their efforts, these young adults have harnessed the collective voice of North Carolinians and collected 12,000 signatures to ban one of the most deadly pesticides for bees - neonics.  


On July 9, 10:00 am, organizers will gather at the state capitol grounds and deliver the petition to the office of Governor Roy Cooper.  State House Representative Pricey Harrison, State Director for Environment North Carolina Drew Ball, campaign lead Libba Rollins, and Policy Advocate at Toxic Free North Carolina Dr. Lior Vered will speak before the petition drop to bring attention to this critical issue. 


“No bees means no food, and the first step in saving the bees is getting rid of the pesticides that kill them,” said Drew Ball.. “As an agricultural state, North Carolina should be a leader by banning the sale of neonics to consumers and banning the needless practice of coating seeds.”  Bees are dying off at alarming rates across the U.S., with beekeepers reporting losing an average of 30% of all honeybee colonies each winter -- roughly twice the loss considered sustainable. This is a particularly alarming given that  crops provide 90 percent of the world’s food, and we rely on bees to pollinate 71 of them. North Carolina is already experiencing the effects of collapsing bee colonies,the state has approximately 260,000 honeybees, but estimated 500,000 are needed to help pollinate the crops grown.No bees, no food.   


Environment North Carolina is a statewide citizen-based environmental advocacy organization working for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.


Poll Shows NC’s 3rd Congressional District Voters Oppose Offshore Drilling PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 08 July 2019 12:08

RALEIGH, NC - A poll on behalf of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Environment North Carolina and the NRDC Action Fund found 52.8 percent of voters in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District believe offshore drilling is too risky, and 62.8 percent of voters want the government to reduce regulation in order to allow for more offshore wind development. 


In response, Karen Brown, President and CEO of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce stated "as the lead advocate for our coastal economy, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce isn't surprised that so many residents share our concerns about the devastating impacts offshore drilling could have on our economy."


"Offshore drilling and seismic testing is a dangerous and dirty business. When compared with safe, renewable wind power it's clear that people see the potential of clean energy while also recognizing that drilling is just too risky for our coast and our climate," said Drew Ball, Director of Environment North Carolina.


"North Carolinians clearly prefer clean, safe energy from offshore wind power," said Kayla Calkin, Federal Campaigns Manager for the NRDC Action Fund. "They expect their elected representatives to fight for them and protect the state's coast from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling."


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