NC NAACP Responds to Concerns About Durham Police Activity & the Death of Jesús Huerta

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January 9, 2014     

DURHAM - The NC NAACP, along with the Durham Branch of the NAACP, Spirithouse, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and others will hold a news conference on Friday, January 10th at 3:00 p.m. The NC NAACP is concerned about police actions and willful police inaction including the failure to protect at risk persons from specific known dangers. Additionally, they are concerned about recent police encounters which have resulted in the injury, loss of freedom, or death of several Black and Latino Durham residents.
 
The news conference follows the public release of the Durham Police Internal Affairs report regarding the death of Jesús Huerta, a 17-year-old who died of a gunshot wound to the head while in the back seat of a police cruiser with his hands handcuffed behind his back.  
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Filmmakers To Go To Belhaven to Document the Discriminatory Closing of Vidant Pungo Hospital

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January 6, 2014

BELHAVEN - On Tuesday, 7 January 2014, the popular documentary web series Story of America, created by award-winning filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler, will travel to Belhaven, North Carolina to document the discriminatory closing of Vidant Pungo Hospital, the only facility that provides emergency healthcare to 25,000 people in Beaufort and Hyde counties. 

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NC NAACP and HKonJ Coalition Announce the Moral March on Raleigh

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January 6, 2014  

RALEIGH - Wednesday, 8 January 2014, one month before the Massive Moral March on Raleigh, the NC NAACP-HKonJ Coalition will announce their mobilization plans. Thenews conference will be at 10:00 AM at Davie St. Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Davie St. Raleigh, NC. There will be a 30-day countdown to the Moral March on Raleigh set for Saturday morning, February 8th. This action will kick off the next stage of the Forward Together Moral movement. 

The NC NAACP has been re-building the multi-racial progressive movement that was fractured in the 1970's since Rev. Dr. Barber's election as President of the largest NAACP state conference in the South in 2005. The Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People's Assembly Coalition was formed in 2006, and it now has over 150 coalition partners, who make up the heart and soul of the nationally acclaimed "Moral Monday" protests that challenged the backward and cruel policies of the tea party extremists who took over the State Legislature a year ago.

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Convicted For Our Convictions: Rev. Dr. Barber's Response to the 12/4/13 Verdict-NC NAACP

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December 5, 2013

DURHAM - On December 4th, 58 years and 3 days after the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott and the arrest of Rosa Parks, twelve of us in the original seventeen Moral Mondayarrestees were convicted for our convictions. Although the judge dismissed one charge and openly stated that several rules of the NC legislature were vague and unconstitutional, we were found guilty of second degree trespassing and breaking legislative rules. The rationale for our civil disobedience still stands and our lawyers have filed an appeal to Superior Court for a jury trial. We believe our lawyers made tremendous constitutional arguments that must be heard in a higher court, not a district court. 

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NC NAACP Statement on the Death of President Nelson Mandela

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December 5, 2013

DURHAM - Today the North Carolina NAACP, the Forward Together Moral movement and the Historic Thousands on Jones St Peoples' Coalition joined the world in mourning the death and celebrating the life of President Nelson Mandela. He was the model of steadfast commitment to justice, a stalwart devotee of loving your oppressor, and possessed an unwavering determination to the principles of human dignity, unity, and fundamental social change. 
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Annual Thanksgiving Greetings from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

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28 November 2013

Annual Thanksgiving Greetings 

We wish all the wonderful people of North Carolina a happy Thanksgiving.  To our many Jewish friends, we wish a warm Hanukkah celebration.  We give thanks to our Creator for all the wonders of His world and human family. Pope Francis' wonderful papal letter, released this week, gives added excitement to the season of renewal, love, and thanks.

We wish Gov. Pat McCrory and his family, Art Pope and his family, Speaker Thom Tillis and his family, and Senate Leader Phil Berger and his family a weekend of love and compassion.  We hope redemptive reflection about their inhumane rejection of federally-funded insurance for hundreds of thousands of North Carolina families who are poor and unemployed will reveal to them that it was wrong. We pray the God of love and grace will be received by all of us during this season of wonder, love, and thanks.

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NC NAACP Responds to Gov. McCrory's Charlotte Radio Interview

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27 November 2013  

RALEIGH--It is regrettable that Gov. McCrory's "I-don't-care, let-them-eat-cookies" attitude appears to extend even further to the families of North Carolina's hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed. Gov. McCrory evidently intended his other comment--"I don't care, I felt like doing it. Who cares?"--as a response to critics who thought he was being dismissive and sarcastic to hand a plate of cookies to women who disagreed with his policies. More and more, however, "I don't care" seems to be his posture towards the poor, the unemployed, and those without healthcare.   

"The seemingly 'I don't care' attitude and doing what he feels has been the prevailing posture of his administration and the leadership of Speaker Thom Tillis, President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and Budget Director Art Pope that has led their extreme efforts in making policies that are morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent, economically insane," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, NC NAACP President.

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NC NAACP Files Amended Complaint Challenging Voter Suppression in Federal District Court

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14 November 2013

DURHAM - On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the North Carolina NAACP filed an amended version of its lawsuit against the voter suppression law that was rammed through the NC General Assembly just before it adjourned in July and approved by Governor Pat McCrory a week later.  The North Carolina NAACP significantly broadened the plaintiffs to the suit that seeks to enjoin the law, which many have called the "worst voter suppression law in the country."

Six historically African American churches and several individual civil rights veterans and students have now been added as plaintiffs to the 104-year old NAACP's lawsuit.  The six churches include:

 

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