The Alamance NAACP to Join Local Student and Community Leaders for a “Justice for All Rally”

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The Alamance NAACP to Join Elon Student and Alamance County Community Leaders for a “Justice for All Rally” to Stand Together to Support the Safety and Security of Every Member of Our Community

Burlington, NC – On Saturday, December 10th, the public is invited to join Elon University student advocacy leaders, Alamance County community leaders and the Alamance NAACP, for a peaceful “Justice for All” rally at Burlington’s Historic Train Depot and Amphitheater, at 200 S. Main St, Burlington, NC.

We gather to build relationships between students and local residents for greater community unity, even as our politics at all levels have taken an ugly turn toward division, fear and hatred. We gather to stand up against discrimination and against threats to the safety and security of any member of our community.

With that goal, we will begin our rally by making posters to publically witness the real harm and hurt to local marginalized communities. Following poster-making, local student and community speakers will provide concrete ways we can help anyone who may be dealing with increased discrimination. Speakers will then issue a Call to Action. Our program will conclude with an open mic for community members to share concerns, listen and give support.

This event is free and open to the public, with public parking adjacent to the event. This is a peaceful event. Security will be provided by the Burlington Police Department. Share and invite on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/212116312568832/?notif_t=plan_admin_added&notif_id=1480700766346299.

Speakers will include:

  • Barrett Brown, Alamance NAACP
  • Pete Glidewell, recent candidate for US House of Representatives
  • Shaher Sayed, Burlington Masjid
  • Rev. Phil Hardy, Alamance People’s Assembly
  • Nikki Manderico, Elon’s Asian-Pacific Islander Student Union
  • Monique Swirsky, Spectrum (Elon’s Queer Straight Alliance)
  • Kenneth Brown Jr., Elon’s Black Student Union 

WHO: Partnership to Empower People, a working group of Elon University student advocacy leaders and Alamance County faith leaders, and the Alamance NAACP

WHAT: Justice for All Rally

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00-3:30 pm

12:00 pm  – Make posters and an opportunity to organize together

1:00 pm    – Speakers

2:30 pm   – Call to Action

2:30 – 3:30 pm   – Open mic for community members

WHERE: Historic Train Depot and Amphitheater, at 200 S. Main St, Burlington, NC

CONTACT: Monique Swirsky at 703.509.7716 or mswirsky@elon.edu

Alamance NAACP to hold Press Conference and March to Promote Early Voting, Celebrate Ruling on HB 589 and Condemn Voter Suppression in Alamance Co.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 27, 2016
Contact: Barrett Brown – barrettbrown1906@gmail.com or 336.512.2898

Alamance NAACP to Hold a Press Conference and March to Celebrate Recent Court Victories over State Level Voter Suppression While Condemning the Early Voting Plan Passed Unanimously by the Alamance County Board of Election

GRAHAM, NC – On October 29, 2016, at 12:30 pm, the Alamance Branch of the NC NAACP will hold a press conference and short “March to the Polls.” This event will be part of the statewide “It’s Our Time, It’s Our Vote” campaign to register, educate, mobilize and protect the vote in North Carolina. The Alamance County March is one of more than 50 marches across the state to promote Early Voting.

Join us as we also celebrate the historic voting rights victory in the case of “NC NAACP vs McCrory” when key portions of the voter suppression law, House Bill 589, were overturned by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Shamefully passed with the votes of Alamance County’s state legislators Ross, Riddell and Gunn and signed by Governor McCrory, HB 589 disenfranchised thousands of North Carolina voters in this year’s March Primary elections and would have continued an unconstitutional abridgment of the vote were it not for court action. Because of this victory, North Carolinians will NOT need a Photo ID to vote in this election, Early Voting is available from October 20th until November 5th, and if a voter is not yet registered, they can register and vote on the same-day during Early Voting.

While celebrating our victory over HB 589, we will also gather to condemn the voter suppression Early Voting plan passed unanimously by both Republican and Democrat members of the Alamance County Board of Elections. In particular, we condemn the cutting of Early Voting locations from Mebane and Burlington to  a single location in Graham during the first five days of Early Voting. The plan also bunches two Early Voting locations in Burlington only 2.5 miles apart during the remaining days of Early Voting, thus wasting resources and leaving other densely populated areas of the county without convenient early voting. Our BOE also continues to offer fewer Early Voting hours outside of the conventional work week than 66 other NC counties and continues to offer no Sunday voting. These policies that disproportionately affect working poor and minority voters.

Taken together these decisions by the Alamance County BOE  have the effect of reducing and limiting access to Early Voting for voters of every age, race, class, gender and political affiliation across our county. These reductions and limitations result in unnecessarily long lines, over-stressed poll workers and polling equipment and potential disorder, especially on Election Day. The effect is the reversal of many of the beneficial effects for voters of the court ruling striking down HB 589, and the consequent disenfranchisement of  many Alamance County voters.

WHO:  The Alamance Branch of the NAACP

WHAT:  Press Conference and a short .2 mile “March to the Polls” as part of the NC NAACP’s statewide “It’s Our Time, It’s Our Vote” campaign to promote early voting and the protection and expansion of voting rights.
WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 12:30 pm Press Conference, 1:00 pm March to the Polls
WHERE: Our Press Conference will be held at Graham Court Square, at the Historic Alamance County Courthouse at 1 SE Court Square, Graham NC. The March will begin at the Historic Alamance County Courthouse and end at the Court (Youth) Services Building, at 201 W Elm St, Graham, NC 27253.

Facebook event invite at: https://www.facebook.com/events/594168267441476/

ALAMANCE CO. VOTER INFORMATION – 2016 Early Voting Begins Thursday, October 20

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Early Voting Begins Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Alamance Co. Early voting sites and times are (from the Times News):

Court (Youth) Services Building,

201 W. Elm St., Graham
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 20–21
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 24–28
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 29
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 31–Nov 4
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Nov. 5

Mebane Arts and Community Center, 622 Corregidor St., Mebane;

Kernodle Senior Center,1535 S. Mebane St., Burlington;

and Holly Hill Mall, 309 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington:
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Oct. 27–29
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Oct. 27–29
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 29
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 31
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Nov. 1–4
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Nov. 5

VOTE ON ELECTION DAY! If you miss early voting, vote on November 8, 2016! Find your polling place here. See “prepare to vote” below to get a sample ballot and find information on state and national candidates.

FAQ AND VOTER RESOURCES:

No Photo ID needed! When presenting to vote, a voter simply needs to state his or her current name and current address. As long as his or her name is on the list of registered voters in the precinct, he or she will be given a regular ballot and permitted to vote. If you have questions, please call our hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683).

One-Stop “Early” Voting (and registration) is back! Vote early, especially if you are not registered or have questions about your registration, precinct or district. See dates, times and locations for early voting above.

Out of precinct votes will count! You can cast a ballot that will be counted (at least in part) at any precinct’s polling place in your county. Your vote will count for all contests on the ballot at your home precinct’s poll (e.g., mayor, at-large city council, etc.).

Prepare to vote! Many races are nonpartisan. Find your sample ballot look-up below. Find a state and national nonpartisan voter guide for Alamance County here. Fill out your sample ballot and bring it with you to the voting booth!

No Straight-Party Voting! On the ballots for the General Election, there will no longer be a place that allows a voter with one mark to vote for the candidates of a party for more than one office.

Difficulty voting?  If you, your family or your community learns of someone having difficulty voting, or you have difficulty voting yourself, we urge you to call 1-866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem and receive immediate assistance or contact us at 919-682-4700 or info@forwardjustice.org.

FIND YOUR SAMPLE BALLOT, VOTING LOCATIONS, LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS OR CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION: 

On the N.C. Board of Elections site there is a 4-step process for your sample ballot:
#1 —  Click here to open the N.C. State Board of Elections voter lookup page.
#2 — Enter your first and last names as they appear on your voter registration record.  Don’t enter a middle name. It’s not necessary to enter your birthdate or county unless you have a very common name. Click “Search.”
#3 — Click on  your name to see a profile of your registration information. Click on “Districts” to see what districts you live in for different levels of government.
#4 – On the page with your registration profile, go to the box below the words “Sample Ballot,” and click on the letter/number to the right of the current Election date.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON VOTING IN ALAMANCE COUNTY CONTACT:

Alamance County Board of Elections
115 S. Maple St.
Graham, NC  27253
336-570-6755, 336-570-6757 (FAX)
Director: Kathy Holland
kathy.holland@alamance-nc.com

HB2 is Meant to Keeping Working People Divided and the Privileged in Power

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Alamance NAACP President Barrett Brown speaking in Raleigh, NC at the State Legislature for the NC NAACP’s “Repeal HB2 Moral Monday” on May 16, 2016.

In considering House Bill 2, or the so-called “The Bathroom Bill,” it seems the propaganda of the elite is again dividing working class people. History teaches us that despite being in the minority, the elite maintain their privilege by distracting and then dividing the majority against themselves. People of power and privilege never have to fear revolutionary progress so long as they keep the masses divided and fearful of each other.

How else could a plantation of 150 enslaved people be held in submission by a family of five? Or how could colonial nations subjugate native peoples? They set one class of their victims against the other. People who would otherwise be natural allies buy into the bitter lie that perceived differences make house workers superior to field workers or that one tribe of indigenous people is better than another tribe. This systematic sowing of mistrust and fear between house workers and field workers, between the Cherokee and the Sioux, or between working class whites and working class blacks only serve the purposes of the wealthiest one percent.

So in all of the controversy over the bathroom provisions, much of the law is going unexamined. Let us remember, HB2 made it illegal for any local government to pass any kind of anti-discriminatory law, to protect any class of people. HB2 made it illegal to sue for workplace discrimination at the state level, for any reason. And it inexplicably prevents towns and cities from raising the minimum wage or passing other labor standards in their respective jurisdictions.

But we don’t hear about those provisions from proponents of House Bill 2. They only want to repeat their “common sense” argument that women and children were not safe under the Charlotte ordinance and that the NC Legislature had to protect them. In this case however, “common sense” is code for “I have no empirical data to support my gut feeling.” There is no evidence to support the fear that the sponsors of this bill set to burn like wildfire in the hearts of people who don’t understand the complexity of what it means to exist as transgender person. Women and children are statistically far more susceptible to sexual assault by people they know. That means boyfriends, priests, caregivers, family members, and trusted family friends.

And let us not forget that 150 years ago it was “common sense” that slavery was supported by Holy Scripture. Just 50 short years ago it was “common sense” that white people and black people should use separate restrooms. Many legislators who voted for this bill nurse their own personal prejudices and fears and so voted to set the Civil Rights Movement backwards 25 years.

Civil Rights is still a movement, and will continue to be an evolving movement until every citizen has an equal opportunity enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are all entitled to those liberties whether our fellow citizens fully understand them or approve of them. HB2 has been a divisive distraction for the citizens of North Carolina. We should be focusing on issues that could make our state better, but instead we have become what the New-York Times called “pioneers in bigotry.” We are better than this. To be on the right side of history, we must repeal House Bill 2.

– Alamance NAACP President Barrett Brown

Get ready for the June 7 Special Primary for NC, Early Voting May 26th to June 4th

From the NC NAACP and Democracy NC:

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Early Voting for the June Special Primary begins on May 26th and continues through June 4th

The only early voting site in Alamance County is at the Alamance County Board of Elections Office at 115 S. Maple St., Graham. Early voting begins on May 26 and 27, Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Early voting continues, May 31 through June 3, Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. And finally on June 4, Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Find early voting sites for other NC counties here.

And find more local early voting information from the Burlington Times-News here.

The June Primary is very important. Republicans and Democrats will pick their candidates to be on the November ballot for the Congressional race and for the NC Supreme Court. While some Congressional districts have only one candidate for US House of Representatives, everyone will be voting for the Supreme Court seat where there are 4 candidates running. The NC Supreme Court decides important issues that impact you!
Click here to view your ballot.

Click the links below to view the bios of the candidates that will be on your ballot!

US House of Representatives
NC Supreme Court

Help Us Spread the word!

Now is the time to make sure your community knows about the upcoming election! There is a new handout that features information about the special June 7th primary, with photos of the 4 candidates running for the NC Supreme Court and with descriptions of Congressional primary contests. You can help spread the word by passing out the Special Election Handout in your workplace, faith center, organizational meeting or community event. Email it to your friends and family.We can’t sit any election out! Here in NC we know that courts matter, especially when we are facing the avalanche of unconstitutional laws passed by extremists in the NC General Assembly.

Click here to download the Special Election Handout

We encourage you to download the handout and make copies. However, if you or your organization has the capacity to distribute 200 or more in the next few weeks, send your name, email, phone, mailing address, quantity desired, and name(s) of congregation, community center, or places where you’d distribute the handout to info@democracy-nc.org and Democracy NC will send you a packet.

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The District lines for who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives recently changed because the US Supreme Court found that two of the previous districts were racially gerrymandered.

Click here to read the NC NAACP statement on the Supreme Court decision.

The Alamance NAACP Joins Local Partners to Protest Against Discriminatory HB2

The Alamance NAACP Joins Local Partners to Protest Attacks Against Minorities, Labor and Local Municipalities by the NC General Assembly and Governor McCrory.

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BURLINGTON, NC – On Saturday March 26, the Alamance Branch of the NAACP joined local partners, including Alamance Pride and Life’s Journey UCC, to protest against NC House Bill 2. By passing NC House Bill 2, Governor McCrory and the extremists in the State Legislature, including bill co-sponsor Rep. Dennis Riddell of Alamance County, have written discrimination into the laws of North Carolina and have undermined the ability of local governments to respond to specific circumstances within their own local jurisdictions on critical civic, economic and public safety issues.

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We are gathered together to publicly oppose NC HB2 because it is as malicious as it is ridiculous. It is discriminatory and a gross over reach by the Legislature, that tramples on the authority of local municipalities. It is based on fear and ignorance. We call for a repeal of this intrusive and unjust law. – Barrett Brown, President Alamance NAACP

Burlington, NC Mayor Ian Baltutis on the unresponsiveness of Alamance County’s own State Representatives.

Find local news coverage here: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20160326/anti-hb2-rally-draws-crowd-from-alamance-county

 

 

Join the Alamance NAACP for Our Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on April 30, 2016

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Alamance NAACP, “2015 NC NAACP “Branch of the Year”, invites you to our Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, feature keynote speaker NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.

 

UPDATE: Tickets to this event are no longer available.

WHO: Alamance NAACP, “2015 NC NAACP “Branch of the Year

WHAT: Alamance NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 6:00 pm -11:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm. The program begins at 6:45 pm.)

WHERE: First United Methodist Church of Elon, 1630 Westbrooke Ave. Elon, NC

Our Freedom Fund Banquet is a fundraiser for the benefit of the Alamance NAACP featuring keynote speaker, NC NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. Read about our speaker HERE. This event will feature a full buffet, live music and a live auction. Evening wear is requested. You can make your reservations for the 2016 Freedom Fund Banquet online, by mail or in person.

New This Year! After the Banquet, join us for an After Party at Jazznmore, featuring a live band, Kimber and Kompany, featuring Dale Kimber. Admission to the after party is included in your ticket price. Wristbands for free admission to the after party will be handed out at the banquet as our program concludes.  

To reserve a ticket or reserve an ad in our program online, go to: https://alamancenaacp.wordpress.com/tickets/

2016 Freedom Fund Banquet Ticket: $40.00, tables for 8, $320.
2016 Freedom Fund Banquet Souvenir Book Color Ads at $35.00, $50.00 and $100

For more information or to arrange to pick up a ticket in person, call our Freedom Fund Banquet Chair, Paul Keller, at 919.358.7537 or email us at Ioweone@yahoo.com and we will schedule a convenient in-person ticket pickup.

At the banquet, please take the opportunity to renew your membership or become a new member of the Alamance Branch of the NAACP, Unit #5368. Regular annual adult memberships are $30.00. Life memberships are available. Membership dues can be paid by cash or check.

Contributions to reserve a ticket are non-refundable. Contributions, donations or gifts to this NAACP Unit are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.