Ride the Bus with the ANAACP, to the 2017 HKonJ Moral March on Raleigh, on February 11th

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Join the Alamance NAACP on Saturday, February 11th and ride our buses to attend the Eleventh Annual NC NAACP Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly!

 

The Moral March on Raleigh is part of a love and justice movement. We fight for an intersectional agenda to support public education, economic sustainability, workers’ rights and livable wages, health care for all, Medicaid expansion, environmental justice, equal protection under the law without regard to race, immigration status, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, voting rights for all, and criminal justice.

This year’s annual people’s assembly will be held in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and the political coup by our extremist legislators to limit the power of Governor-elect Roy Cooper. We will continue our fight to challenge and expose the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by former-Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Tim Moore, Senate Leader Phil Berger and other extremists in the NC General Assembly.

GET YOUR HKONJ MORAL MARCH BUS TICKET ONLINE! Make your bus reservations for a $10.00 donation online at alamancenaacp.wordpress.com/tickets. Purchase tickets online while they last, but no later than Wednesday, February 8th. You can also donate to reserve your tickets in person or by mail. See below.

Share the event from the Alamance NAACP Facebook event page.

WHAT: ANAACP bus mobilization to the NAACP HKonJ Moral March in Raleigh
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017, we will depart at 7:30 am
WHERE: Alamance Community College, parking lot F, 1247 Jimmie Kerr Rd., Graham, NC
CONTACT: Noah Read, ANAACP Community Coordinator – 336.365.8536 or infoalanaacp@gmail.com

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00 am, we will begin boarding our round-trip buses to Raleigh. We will depart from Alamance Community College in Graham, NC, at 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road. We will arrive in downtown Raleigh by 9:00 am to begin gathering at 2 East South Street. The 1.1 mile march to Fayetteville St. will begin at 10:00 am, after which will begin the Mass People’s Assembly on the doorstep of the State Capitol. We will return to the Alamance Community College parking lot by 3:00 pm. We will march rain or shine. Bring comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Please pack what you will need. We will not provide food or beverages. Special transportation for elderly and disabled persons will be provided at the event. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. No arrests or civil disobedience are planned.

FOR BUS TICKETS: You can make your reservations online, by mail or in person. You can also donate tickets or request a donated ticket. Find information below.

RESERVE A BUS TICKET ONLINE: Find a link at our website on the “tickets/donations” page to make a suggested $10.00 donation by credit card. Purchase tickets online while they last, but no later than Wednesday, February 8th.
RESERVE A BUS TICKET BY MAIL: Mail a $10.00 check or money order, postmarked no later than Monday, Feb 5, 2017, to NAACP, PO Box 1557, Burlington, NC 27216. Note “for HKonJ bus tickets”. Please include a name, cell number and email address for each reserved ticket.
PICK UP TICKETS IN PERSON: We will schedule a convenient in-person ticket pick up. Contact information below.
DONATE A BUS TICKET: If you cannot attend, but would like to make it possible for others to attend, you can donate tickets. Find a link at our website on the “tickets/donations” page or follow the requests here for mailing or in-person pickup. Note “for donated HKonJ bus tickets”.
NEED A TICKET? Don’t let the donation keep you from joining us. We have a limited number of donated seats for those in financial need. Contact information below.

For information or tickets, contact Community Coordinator Noah Read at 336.365.8536 or infoalanaacp@gmail.com.

Donations to reserve you or someone else a bus ticket is non-refundable. Donations or gifts to this NAACP Unit are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

Find and share information from our website at alamancenaacp.wordpress.com
and from our Facebook page at Alamance NAACP.

Find more information about the HKonJ March and People’s Assembly at hkonj.com.

Alamance NAACP to Sponsor Annual King Holiday March on Jan. 16, 2017

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January 6, 2017

Annual King Holiday March | Alamance NAACP


WHO: Alamance NAACP
WHAT: 2017 Annual King Holiday March
WHEN: Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:30 am
WHERE: departs Occasions at 286 E. Front Street, Burlington, NC 27215
CONTACT: 336.512.2898, 336.228.6564, or 336.449.6702


BURLINGTON, NC: On Monday, January 16, 2017, the Alamance NAACP will sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday March. Participants will begin gathering for the rally at 10:30 am, at the Occasions parking lot, at 286 E Front St, Burlington, North Carolina. This event follows the MLK Coalition of Alamance County Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast, also at Occasions.

The march will begin at 11:00 a.m and end around 12:00 pm, in 2.5 miles, at the North Park/Mayco Bigelow Community Center, at 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC. Transportation will be available from Occasions to North Park, as well as back to Occasions. This event is free and open to the public.

Share our Facebook event invite at https://www.facebook.com/events/1289928824403038/

Alamance NAACP, Branch #5368
Noah Read
Community Coordinator
branch office: 336.365.8536
cell: 336.260.4399
commalanaacp@gmail.com

ANAACP and Partners to Hold News Conference Condemning Legislator’s Anti-democratic Attack on Our State

Alamance NAACP to hold a press conference condemning the extremists in our NC General Assembly, including our own Alamance County state representatives, and their desperate, anti-democratic attacks on the will of the people and the governing institutions of our state.

WHO:  The Alamance Branch of the NAACP and local partners

WHAT:  Press Conference to Condemn the recent Special Session of the NCGA

WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – 1:00 pm Press Conference

WHERE: Mayco Bigelow Community Center, 849 Sharpe Rd, Burlington, NC 27217

Burlington, NC – On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Alamance NAACP and partners will hold a press conference at the Mayco Bigelow Community Center to hold the governor and extremists in the NCGA, including our own Alamance County state representatives, responsible for their ongoing, desperate, anti-democratic attacks on the voters of our state. To protect themselves from the electoral consequences of their extremist legislative agenda, they have attempted to maintain control of state government through unconstitutionally gerrymandered representative districts and an arsenal of voting restrictions targeting minority, poor, young and elderly voters.

Despite their cynical efforts to insulate themselves from the will of the people and despite the judicial rejection of their unconstitutional election laws and representative districts, the extremists in the General Assembly still suffered the electoral defeat of their gubernatorial ally in the 2016 elections. Once again, their reaction has been shameful.

After weeks of unproven allegations of voter fraud meant to undermine state elections, the defeated governor and his extremists allies in the General Assembly convened an unprecedented Special Session of the state legislature. In an attempt to avoid accountability for the legislative abuses that have so damaged our state, the extremists again sought to circumvent the will of the people. They stripped away many of the newly elected governor’s executive powers in a rushed special session without meaningful input from dissenting legislators or the public. And still not satisfied, they went on to pass laws to intentionally create dysfunction and gridlock in our state and county board of elections. We will not allow these abuses to go unrecognized. The Alamance NAACP and our local partners will continue to fight for the dignity of our state, its governing institutions and our democracy.

UPDATE – Posted Dec 21, 2016 by Natalie Allison Janicello / Times-NewsAlamance – NAACP, others denounce state legislators


Alamance NAACP Branch #5368
Noah Read, Community Coordinator
336.260.4399
commalanaacp@gmail.com
on the web at alamancenaacp.wordpress.com
on Facebook at Alamance NAACP


The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic
equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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