NC JUSTICE NEWS: Moral March on Raleigh + Crucial Conversation + Immigrant Justice Events

January 26, 2016

WHAT'S NEXT FOR NC?: Video of policy expert Jared Bernstein

Last week national policy expert Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, discussed how the persistent failure to achieve full employment is pushing wages down and contributing to growing wealth inequality here in North Carolina.

The state of our economy and the important challenges we face in delivering a better North Carolina for everyone will be front and center of the policy conversation this year. But this can only happen with your help.

We need to urge our policymakers to focus on how we grow an economy in every community of the state, one that provides a good quality education to every child, supports small business development, housing, and infrastructure, and ensures that the courts have the ability to efficiently deliver justice.  

We hope that you will pledge to join the Budget & Tax Center this year as they seek to elevate what North Carolina's economy needs to work for everyone.

Through smart investments and policy choices, North Carolina can strengthen the foundation for our economy. That means ensuring that every community has the institutions and infrastructures to deliver opportunity; that everyone can participate and contribute fully to their state and local economy; and that North Carolina is able to compete in the future economy by promoting a high quality of life for everyone.

You can watch all of Dr. Bernstein's speech at this link.

MORAL MARCH: Join NAACP for 10th annual March on Raleigh on Feb. 13

Join the NAACP, NC Justice Center and more than 100 coalition partners for the 10th Annual Moral March & HKonJ People's Assembly in Raleigh THIS SATURDAY, February 13.

The Moral March on Raleigh is part of a love and justice movement covering a wide array of issues that affect the lives of everyday North Carolinians:

  • Voting Rights: The expansion and protection of voting rights for all
  • Labor Rights: Fair living wages, economic justice, and union rights
  • Education Equality: Funding for quality public schools and support for HBCUs
  • Health Care for All: Medicaid expansion, women's health, and environmental justice
  • Equal Protection Under the Law: Justice without regard for race, creed, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or immigration status
  • Police Reform

Click on the above links for videos on these vital issues, and follow @ncjustice on Twitter and Facebook throughout the upcoming weeks for updates.

The pre-rally begins at 9:00 a.m. at 2 South Street in downtown Raleigh (across from the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium). The march begins at 10:00 a.m., with the assembly commencing near the State Capitol on Fayetteville Street.

RSVP at this link.

CRUCIAL CONVERSATION: Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling

On Wednesday, January 27, NC Policy Watch will present the first Crucial Conversation luncheon of 2016: A conversation with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling.

With the 2016 election campaign already well underway and early voting for the upcoming North Carolina primary scheduled to commence March 3, this is an excellent time to get fully up to speed on where things stand and what’s likely to happen. Please join us as we discuss these issues and more with one of America’s premier pollsters, Tom Jensen of Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling.

When: Wednesday January 27, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St.

Register at this link. Questions? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or

IMMIGRANT JUSTICE: Two ways to get involved this week

Canvassing Against Islamophobia in Raleigh. Join Jewish Voice for Peace, Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, and friends and allies in Raleigh on Wednesday, January 27th to show up to challenge Islamophobia and racism.

Join the groups this Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. as they talk with businesses and give out posters that say: "Stop Profiling Muslims" and "Refugees are Welcome Here." Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh located at 3313 Wade Avenue at 5:00 p.m.

Immediately after the canvassing at 7:00 p.m., Manzoor Cheema from MERI will speak about challenging racism and Islamophobia. This will also be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh. For additional information on the talk, email RSVP for the event at this link.

The South says NO to deportations! Join Student Action with Farmworkers for a Press Conference as they stand in solidarity with the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN) to stop the raids on Central American families. The event will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, at Student Action with Farmworkers, 1317 W Pettigrew Street in Durham.

The Obama administration's first series of raids targeted immigrant communities in the South. SEIRN launched a petition asking President Obama to stop the raids and has already collected over 65,000 signatures. They will send a delegation to D.C. to deliver the petition on January 27th. Sign the petition asking President Obama to stop the raids! As a region, we want to let President Obama and ICE know that their actions are unacceptable and that immigrant communities in the South will NOT stand by and remain silent.

Research & Publications: