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Equality NC Praises HUD’s Fair Housing Act Enforcement To Protect LGBTQ People PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 March 2021 10:21
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that the agency would implement President Joe Biden’s Executive Order that bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
 
This is a historic move, guaranteeing for the first time that it will be illegal to turn away people seeking to rent or buy homes, apartments and other forms of housing. HUD issued this to begin implementation of the provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity of Sexual Orientation signed on the day he was inaugurated.
 
This directive is especially important for the 22 percent of North Carolina respondents to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey  who reported experiencing some form of housing discrimination in the previous year, including eviction or denial of a home or apartment because of being transgender.
 
“All North Carolinians should feel safe and secure in the process of finding a roof to put over their heads,” said Equality NC Executive Director Kendra R. Johnson. “For too long LGBTQ folks, particularly Black, Brown and transgender individuals, have encountered both explicit and subtle bias and discrimination while trying to secure housing. This move by HUD takes a lifesaving step toward ensuring that our communities can navigate their next search for a home without fear.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2021 11:51
 
Democrats Condemn Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s Comments On Proposed Revisions To Education Standards PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 January 2021 11:37
During a Board of Education debate about proposed changes to social studies standards, that would have teachers discuss the country’s history of racism and discrimination, Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson said: “The system of government that we have in this nation is not systematically racist” and that “the standards would inaccurately teach that the United States is a racist nation.”
 
In response, NCDP First Vice Chair Bobbie Richardson, Senator Gladys Robinson, and Representative Rosa Gill - African-American women with education backgrounds - released the following statements. 
 
“As a Black woman and lifelong educator, I am alarmed by Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson’s deeply insensitive comments,” said NCDP First Vice Chair Bobbie Richardson. “His sentiments fly in the face of the continued inequities people of color face every day in our society. As many have said before me, if we do not remember our history, we are bound to repeat it. Teaching our children the painful past of our country is a necessary and important step in the fight for racial equality and creating that more perfect union we strive to be.”
 
“Systemic racism is very real,” said Senator Gladys Robinson. “As a PTA parent, I fought against unequal punishment of black boys for the same offense, as white boys, yet leaders refused to recognize their racial and cultural biases. As a member of the Board of Governors, I fought to make sure our state’s historically Black colleges and universities received the funding and accreditation they deserved, and there still remains major disparities between our HBCUs and their white counterparts. But these are just some of the many inequities that exist today. Attempting to erase our country’s fraught past will do nothing to move us toward a more equal and just world. It’s past time for us to teach and speak the truth -- our children will be better citizens and absolutely better leaders.”
 
“From participating in the civil rights movement in the sixties, to teaching math in my classrooms, I have spent my whole life working to ensure every child has an equal chance to thrive, and I can say without a doubt that the Lieutenant Governor’s comments are absurd,” said Representative Rosa Gill. “We cannot shelter our students from the ugly reality that racism has torn this country apart. In order to make progress, we must educate and address these inequities openly and directly.” 
 
 
 
NCDP Welcomes New Democratic Leaders As The General Assembly Gavels Into Session Today PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 January 2021 11:20
The North Carolina Democratic Party celebrates several new Democratic leaders after running a historic slate of diverse candidates in the 2020 election cycle.
 
Kicking off the 2021-22 session, legislative Democrats' focus remains on the challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, fighting for an independent redistricting process, and working to address racial inequities across the state.
 
“As our state continues to struggle with the effects of COVID-19, we are committed to putting the people of North Carolina first,” said Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue. “That means working together to build a strong and fair economy, expanding health care, improving public schools, and more.”
 
“There is so much for us to work on including broadband access, improving health care access, and investing in our public schools,” said House Democratic Leader Robert Reives.  “All of these policies will create local jobs, put more money in people’s pockets, and improve people’s lives in all parts of our state.”
 
“I am proud to welcome this group of new Democratic leaders to Raleigh today,” NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin (and former legislator) said. “Today, we start the important work of serving the people of North Carolina, defending the Democratic values of equality and justice, and fighting to deliver better health care, better schools, and more and better jobs for North Carolinians.”
 
New Democratic Senate Leaders
Ernestine (Byrd) Bazemore (SD-03)
Sydney Batch (SD-17)
Sarah Crawford (SD-18)
Natalie Murdock (SD-20)
Deandrea Salvador (SD-39)
Julie Mayfield (SD-49)

 

New Democratic House Leaders
Brian Farkas (HD-09)
Linda Cooper-Suggs (HD-24)
Vernetta Alston (HD-29)
Abe Jones (HD-38)
James Roberson (HD-39)
Ricky Hurtado (HD-63)
Amber M. Baker (HD-72)
Terry Brown (HD-92)
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NC Democrats Run TV Ad Critical Of GOP Legislators PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 15:14

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Democratic Party says it's started running a television ad criticizing Republican leaders at the General Assembly for passing laws that hurt women on issues from abortion and child care to Medicaid and the public schools.

 

The state party said Tuesday the 60-second commercial is running on cable TV in the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. A party spokesman declined to say how much money is being spent on the ad. An email sent to party supporters asked for more donations to keep the ad running.

 

The ad features Governor Beverly Perdue, state legislators and former Cabinet secretary and longtime party activist Betty McCain, who said "the GOP has declared war on women." The ad includes footage of Republican House leaders Thom Tillis and Paul Stam.

 
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