Joint Statement to NCAA Opposing the Shameful HB2 Compromise

Today, the North Carolina NAACP, Freedom Center for Social Justice, Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Many Voices, Equality North Carolina, the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a joint statement following North Carolina's shameful new legislation that is falsely being called a “repeal” of the discriminatory HB2 law. 

“We call on the NCAA to oppose this shameful HB 2.0 bill in North Carolina, and not to reward lawmakers who have passed this so-called ‘deal’ which is an affront to the values we all hold. This bill is still anti-worker and anti-LGBTQ. It violates all basic principles of diversity, inclusion and basic civil rights. Fundamentally, any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values.”

This statement was cosigned by: Dr. William Barber, North Carolina NAACP President; Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Freedom Center for Social Justice Co-Director, Paulina Hernandez, Southerners on New Ground Co-Director, Melissa McQueen, NC State Faith Organizer for Many Voices, Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director; Amanda Barbee, Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, Chair; Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director; and Chad Griffin, HRC President.   

The North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branch is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes the more the 150 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement. The media and public is reminded that the North Carolina NAACP and the National Board of the NAACP announced in February a resolution to consider economic boycott of the state until the worst group of unlawful and discriminatory actions of the NC legislature are repealed, including entire repeal of the anti-transgender, anti-worker House Bill 2 and legal correction of the racially gerrymandered districts illegally preventing fair elections in NC:   

The Freedom Center for Social Justice was founded in 2009 and as a Southern-based national organization committed to providing essential support and advocacy for trans people, elders, people of color, youth, sexual minorities and communities of faith and facilitating the necessary dialogue that opens doors, offers hope, raises awareness and save lives.

Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.

Many Voices was founded in 2010 as a Black church movement for gay and transgender justice, to envision a community that embraces the diversity of the human family and ensures that all are treated with love, compassion, and justice.

Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer North Carolinians.

The Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice is committed to creating a just community strengthened by diversity and enriched by the full participation of all citizens.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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